A British woman with a passion for high-end fashion shares the secrets of invitation-only shopping with Lisa Armstrong
This,’ says Helen Wilson, deftly navigating a pair of crimson lace Dolce & Gabbana ankle boots past a leaf blower and through her sodden shrubbery, ‘could be very alienating, so we try not to rub people’s noses in it.’ The ‘this’ to which she refers is, well, where to start? Her clothes, perhaps, which are haute couture or, as Dolce & Gabbana, from whom she orders most of her favourite pieces, call them, Alta Moda.
Couture, alta moda… It amounts to the same thing: made-tomeasure one-ofs that are mainly produced by hand and cost tens, sometimes hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Wilson travels to Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda shows twice a year, always with her husband Ian in tow (it is the husbands rather than wives who tend to be entourage at couture shows, although Dolce recently launched Alta Sartoria for men, which shows the day after Alta