Meet art­ful Alice

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De­signer Alice Archer (left) is one to watch this Lon­don Fashion Week (which is cur­rently in full swing) – and for many more to come. The 31-year-old worked for Tracey Emin and Dries van Noten be­fore set­ting up on her own, sup­ported by Si­mon Burstein, son of Browns founder Joan Burstein, who, like his mother, can be re­lied upon to spot a fu­ture fashion star. Alice’s exquisitely em­broi­dered pieces are per­haps wasted in a wardrobe – if they’re not be­ing worn we sug­gest they be hung on a wall. And, hey, it might be eas­ier to jus­tify a £2,000 price tag if you’re get­ting a work of art as well as a dress. We’re look­ing for all the ex­cuses we can find. IN­SPI­RA­TION My aunt Celia Paul is a won­der­ful artist. She painted me as a child and has been a huge in­flu­ence on me. Em­broi­dery is a way to express what I call my ‘painter­ly­ness’ in fashion. YOUR MOSTANTICIPATED LFW SHOWS? Si­mone Rocha’s and Rok­sanda Ilin­cic’s – both use colour and tex­tiles mag­i­cally. YOUR MADE-IT MO­MENT? Some of my pieces were re­cently fea­tured in the win­dow at Bar­ney’s in New York as part of a Bri­tish Fashion Coun­cil event. The fact that I was fea­tured along­side de­sign­ers such as Er­dem was in­cred­i­ble. WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO DRESS? Lily James or Felic­ity Jones. To dress some­one for the Os­cars is the dream; some of my gowns are made for the red car­pet. UNI­FORM I’m pretty scruffy! But I love shoes – Marni and Do­ratey­mur are my favourites. DOWN­TIME I’m a home­body when I can be – my boyfriend and I re­cently bought a flat in Brock­ley, South Lon­don. In the run-up to LFW I was in my stu­dio from 7am till mid­night. You can’t get far in this busi­ness with­out work­ing till the last tube! Alice’s pieces cost from £400 to £2,300 and are avail­able from the­p­lacelon­

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