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The Mail on Sunday - You - - In This Issue - By Amy E Wil­liams

What’s wow­ing us this week

We can’t help but think that this year’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day – on Wed­nes­day – has never felt so apt. Top billing then for five fab­u­lous de­sign­ers who are do­nat­ing all prof­its on spe­cific de­signs to Women for Women – a char­ity that has caught the imag­i­na­tion of the fash­ion world for its sup­port of women in war-af­fected re­gions around the globe. Front Row caught up with three of the tastemak­ers in­volved (from top left), Alex Ea­gle, Amanda Wake­ley and Mary Ka­trant­zou, to talk about our all-time favourite sub­ject – women who rock.

THE WOMAN YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LIT­TLE? AE Diane Ar­bus – my am­bi­tion was to be a photo-jour­nal­ist. AW A vet – I grew up in a fam­ily of medics in a house full of an­i­mals but I re­alised I couldn’t stom­ach the sight of blood. MK Aliki Vou­giouk­laki, Greece’s big­gest movie star from the 1950s to the 80s. I grew up watch­ing her films and was lucky enough to know her per­son­ally.

THE WOMAN YOU MOST AD­MIRE? AE My grandma Ma – she is al­ways im­mac­u­lately turned out, even with five chil­dren and 14 grand­chil­dren. On top of that, she is a so­cial worker and is al­ways giv­ing back. AW I ad­mire women who are pas­sion­ate about what they do. My sum­mer cam­paign fea­tures dancer Kate Byrne who is the per­fect metaphor for the pain and glory we all en­dure. MK Natalie Massenet [Net-a-Porter founder and chair­man of the Bri­tish Fash­ion Coun­cil] in­spires me to push for­ward and think big.

THE WOMAN YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO HAVE DIN­NER WITH? AE [Avi­a­tor] Amelia Earhart – I’d ask her about her solo flight across the At­lantic in 1932. AW My cus­tomers! I’d love to be able to know them all. MK Elsa Schi­a­par­elli – she was a de­signer with such a unique vi­sion and I would love to hear her view on fash­ion to­day.

THE WOMAN YOU COULD HAP­PILY BE STRANDED WITH ON A DESERT IS­LAND? AE My mother – we could talk about my son Jack (which she never tires of) and work (she is di­rec­tor of my com­pany) and sit for hours in com­fort­able si­lence. AW My black labrador Lola. She’s gor­geous and the chat­ti­est dog I have ever owned. MK My best friend Mar­ily – we have shared so much I can’t think of any­one else that I would want to be with on the is­land.

THE WOMAN YOU’D MOST LIKE TO DRESS? AE Diane Sawyer [US TV jour­nal­ist] – it would be nice to see some­thing beau­ti­ful on the news for once. AW It’s al­ways a buzz when a celebrity such as An­gelina Jolie chooses to wear Wake­ley, and see­ing a woman trans­formed af­ter go­ing into the chang­ing room is a lovely feel­ing. MK [US Vogue’s] Anna Win­tour.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR TEENAGE SELF? AE He’s not worth it. AW I’d tell her how com­plex life, busi­ness and peo­ple are. It’s quite a wake-up call. MK Life turns out just the way it is meant to. in­ter­na­tion­al­wom­ens­day.com; wom­en­for­women.org.uk. For more de­signs in aid of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, see page 13

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