Fashion Quarterly - - Style -

What item of cloth­ing al­ways puts a smile on your face? I wear yel­low ev­ery Fri­day, be­cause it’s my favourite colour and makes reach­ing the week­end that lit­tle bit more spe­cial. The dress I’m wear­ing in this pic­ture is one of my favourite yel­low pieces. It has a lot of vol­ume and teensy flocked flow­ers on the outer layer. I found it at London’s Por­to­bello Mar­ket a few years ago, on dis­play like a vi­sion, and it just hap­pened to be the per­fect fit.

If we were to open your wardrobe right now, what would we find? Right now it’s over­flow­ing! I store dresses on one side and skirts on the other, all or­gan­ised by colour. There’s ev­ery colour of the rain­bow in there, and al­most ev­ery­thing is 1950s cot­ton. I adore bright, bold prints, so you’ll find pieces with roses as big as your head, gi­ant cats and dogs, and land­scapes like the Grand Canyon and the Span­ish Steps.

What’s been your most ful­fill­ing fash­ion mo­ment? My wed­ding day. I wore a true 1950s Fred Perl­berg dress that I’d been hoard­ing since be­fore I got engaged — al­though I didn’t buy it with a wed­ding in mind. It was white chif­fon with a fit­ted sleeve­less bodice and a full skirt, and had del­i­cate pink, yel­low, pur­ple and red flow­ers em­broi­dered all over it. I ac­ces­sorised with my favourite colour, in­clud­ing a bou­quet of yel­low roses. It was im­por­tant to me to be able to stick to my ev­ery­day style on such a spe­cial day, and made me feel re­ally com­fort­able and happy.

How does fash­ion af­fect your mood? I’ve been lucky enough to fill my wardrobe with so many fan­tas­tic items that make get­ting dressed in the morn­ing an ab­so­lute plea­sure. Putting on some­thing re­ally spe­cial or find­ing a new way to style an old favourite is a real mood booster. I also plan my out­fits for the week on Sun­day nights, which is a re­ally good way to take the has­sle out of de­cid­ing what to wear ev­ery morn­ing. Is there some­thing of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance that has in­spired and stuck with you? Yes, ab­so­lutely — Break­fast at Tif­fany’s. It was one of the first clas­sic Hol­ly­wood films I ever saw and I was blown away by Au­drey Hep­burn’s cos­tumes. I ac­tu­ally have all the bits and pieces for her iconic out­fit, so I can recre­ate it when the oc­ca­sion arises! Col­lect­ing them led me to re­search more about her style, and she’s so poised and glam­orous she’s been my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion ever since.

Where do you feel most at peace? I al­ways feel very peace­ful when I’m brows­ing for vin­tage, whether lo­cally or when I’m trav­el­ling. I love find­ing new sources of 1950s cloth­ing be­cause there’s not that much out there any­more, so find­ing pieces ‘in the wild’ is so thrilling. When I’m not vin­tage shop­ping, I’m su­per happy just be­ing at home on the couch.

Amy Maclaine’s favourite colouris yel­low, and all the bet­ter if it’s in the formof get-ups from the ’50s.

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