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No.17

Last years stylist of the year, regular contributor to Sunday Times Style as well as working with Elle,125, Tank and Nylon magazine AND styling Florence and the Machine….Grace Woodward is now one of the panelists on Britains Next Top Model. Some achievements hey!!

How would you describe your style? 

Somewhere between vintage and modern, bonkers and safe

What does a normal working day for you consist of? 

There’s no such thing as a normal working day for me! At the moment I’m trying to make a routine of getting up and running as I’m supposed to be doing a half marathon, then getting down to blogging as I’m new to it. Then it will either be a day in the photo studio shooting or rummaging through references and clothes shops. My day though pretty much always starts at about 5am with my cat UJIIII coming for her morning wake up and feed me cuddle in my face.

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

Mine! And Pandorda’s Jukebox

pandoras-jukebox.blogspot.com/ 

Also Blogzine Platform http://www.readplatform.com…. I admire it’s irreverence

Fashion tip for the season?

Sexy girlie shoes are hot hot hot. Pointy, high with bows! Check Michael Lewis, Prada, Louis Vuitton (I wore the Catwalk A/W LV shoes in baby blue satin with a brown ostrich bow and teal blue alligator heel to Lara Bohinc’s wedding at the weekend. Be warned – they are not for novices!)

Who would play you in a movie?

Bella Monticelli-Mctiernan 

What’s your party trick?

Usually my outfit. At the moment my glasses are getting a lot of attention. People think they are fake so it’s funny getting people to try them on as it weirds them out!

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

My dad in the glasses dept and my mum in the heels dept. Lara Bohnic and Yasmin Dexter are the best dressed women I know. I’m a closet Isabella Blow really.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Grace

What would it stock?

I recently saw the 30’s cinema/mecca bingo hall was up for sale on Essex Road. I immediately could imagine a modern BIBA in there, selling great things ranging from sparkly wellie boots to tins of tea. Also would have to be a little bit like Fred Segal’s in LA – with a great drop in bar and bistro. If I wasn’t in fashion I’d be involved in food in some way. I thrive working with other people and so it would be an amazing thing to be able to have a great big place to sell and support and hang out with all the many talented people I know.

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

Richard Sorger as we work together. Working with Richard on the collections allows me to be creative in a different way from making imagery or TV. Making products is incredibly satisfying. I wouldn’t want to do a label totally by myself so it balances really well for both of us. Plus it’s great making stuff you know you’re going to love wearing – SO EXCITING!!

To clog or not to clog?

I almost did at the weekend/ Chanel, to go with a 70’s floral jumpsuit by BUS STOP I got in Bang Bang, I didn’t.

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

My accent changes all the time and spent some of my time in the theatre so I have a pretty wide choice to call on anyway. French is hands down the sexiest.

Favourite quote:

In regione caecorum rex est luscus  – in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

You reap what you sew.

 

No.16

A favourite amoung the girls at LOOK Magazine, gigivintage.co.uk is the brand-spanking new vintage website created by Gurmeet Grewal. With a background in buying and a love of all things vintage, it’s clear that Gurmeet knows what she’s talking about.

How would you describe your style?

My style changes all the time.  I tend to go for more of a fun but grungey-chic vintage look during the day, transforming into a bit of a Hollywood-glam look by night!  Quite a contrast I know, but I simply ADORE dressing up in extravagant vintage party dresses.  I love mixing vintage with high street without foregoing the customary designer accessory (shoes, handbag, jewellery…).  I hate plain clothing and black is just dull; it’s all about injecting some colour into my outfits!

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

No day is the same at GiGI Vintage! My life revolves around every aspect of the business, which means I have to take the rough with the glam… This goes from checking and responding to emails; working on my website, www.gigivintage.co.uk and forever uploading wonderful vintage pieces for customers to purchase; meeting with suppliers and swanning off around the world on buying trips to ensure I buy the freshest and most unique vintage items for my website; researching trends and ensuring I source the most relevant products throughout the season; directing photo shoots and styling the outfits for my website; keeping on top of PR to help build my brand… the list goes on!  The days are long, but I love every minute of it.

What other fashion blogs would you recommend?

Mademoisellerobot.com

Fashion tip for the season?

Lots of floral, an abundance of lace, sumptuous candy colours and some grungey lace-up ankle boots for festival fun!

Who would play you in a movie?

I’d love to play myself in a movie(!), but otherwise it would probably have to be Sophia Loren in her heyday.

What’s your party trick?

Turning up far later than everyone else (it’s fashion, don’t ya’ know…), but then making up for lost time with drinking and dancing overkill!

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

My late grandmother’s pre-1960s wardrobe, my mother’s 1960s-1970s wardrobe and as a general rule, the 1980s!!!

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

GiGi Vintage!!!  Check out my amazing online boutique of all things vintage and all things fabulous, www.gigivintage.co.uk.  All my pieces are one-offs that have been carefully selected from around the world.  My treasure chest of vintage gems features a vast selection of gorgeous dresses, playsuits, tops, coats, shoes, designer sunglasses and much more – all tailored to satisfy your catwalk cravings!  So make sure you take a peek before everything is gone…  And if you love something, don’t hesitate to snap it up otherwise you may never see it again (unless it’s from across the dancefloor on the girl who snapped it up before you!!!). 

What would it stock?

An amazingly fabulous array of the most desirable and coveted vintage clothing, footwear and accessories!  Get clicking, ladies…

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

I don’t have one particular designer who is my fav, but I would say Marc Jacobs for his use of colour, girly prints, vintage style dresses and gorgeous accessories and Marchesa for their striking and dramatic evening dresses.

To clog or not to clog?

To clog!  But only with the super high heeled ones.

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

French

Favourite quote:

“I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion” – Coco Chanel

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Live every day like it’s your last 

 

No.15

Josh Wayman is the 21 year old master mind behind new luxury shoe brand – Kandee Shoes. Having left school at 15 with no qualifications Josh wanted to find something he could make his mark on, show off his creativity – and hey presto!

How would you describe your style?

My style really depends on the day. If I’m having a lazy day – it’s joggers and a t-shirt. If I am out and about – it’s usually a pair of slim cut jeans, a sweatshirt and my favourite pair of Gucci high-tops (which i have in 4 colours). I prefer a casual look!

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

I wake up at 6.30am – check my e-mails on my Blackberry before opening my eyes. I respond to all communications including conversing with manufactures. I have a shower and get ready. I then plan my list of things to do for the day. My list goes from planning designs/trends for the next collection, tweeting and administration of the website (www.kandeeshoes.com). I can be on call 24-7, I have been known to be talking to the shoe manufactures at 3am!

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

MademoiselleRobot.com – is probably the best!

Fashion tip for the season?

Is this where I should plug Kandee!! I definitely recommend wearing pastilles and nudes for accessories and shoes as they will follow through to Autumn/Winter.

Who would play you in a movie?

I would definitely play myself – I’ve always wanted to be in a movie!

What’s your party trick?

Getting drunk before anyone else…and taking the most shots in a minute!

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

I don’t have a major fashion influence. But I remember my nan when I was younger wearing sky high heels and she was always shoe mad.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Kandee. Check out my online boutique – www.kandeeshoes.com

What would it stock?

My own collections – from shoes to accessories, handbags and a clothes line (which I hope to do by then!) I think a pick-a-mix counter would be quite nice as well! What’s better than having a bag of sweets complimented by some Kandee shoes?

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

I have a couple of favourite designers. I love the classical and sophistication designs of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Marc Jacobs for his wearable designs. And finally, the late Alexander McQueen for his creativity and the couture pieces he designed.

To clog or not to clog?

Definitely loving the clogs, they need to be 21st century inspired with big heels. Maybe Kandee could add one to a collection soon!

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

French – I love the language. Although to be honest my French vocabulary extends to bonjour and au revoir. Maybe I could try and count to 10!

Favourite quote:

Fashions fade, style is eternal.

–          Yves Saint Laurent

In a nutshell your philosophy is: 

You will never achieve what you never begin. And: Don’t take life too seriously; no one gets out alive, anyway!

No.14

Where to start with Fred Butler… Selfridges Christmas Window, Vogue, Wonderland, i-D, Dazed and Confused…the list of people she has worked with goes on and on and on. Originally a prop designer, now a bespoke accsessory maker and fashion designer! Fred Butler has had her work everywhere and on everyone including La Roux, The Gossip, Little Boots and Lady Gaga (that telephone headpiece…yes…Fred Butler). WOWZA!

The image was created for Fred Butler by John Lee Bird

 

How would you describe your style?

 Colour colour colour!

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

Always start the day with a blog entry………..perhaps a report of an event/exhibit I went to the evening before………….. then the rest of the day is a tackling a disgusting amount of admin to wade through before I can get on with some sticking and sewing!

 What other fashion blogs would you recommend?

 The original and best are ‘a shaded view on fashion’/’stylebubble’, and ‘showstudio’. For visual stimulus I like the daily ‘itsnicethat.com‘ and ‘patternity’. Recently I was a guest blogger for ‘fashion156.com‘ which is a brilliant site, especially at fashion week- it’s the fastest at uploading and it’s good quality. They have an army of people around Somerset House capturing everything. If you like cats ‘miaomix.blogspot’ is fantastic!

Fashion tip for the season?

 Colour colour colour! And always a smile.

Who would play you in a movie?

 According to Scott Schuman I’ve got a Scarlett Johansson vibe! How hilarious! So as the notion of a movie about me is ridiculous in the first place, let’s go for an equally ridiculous leading lady!

What’s your party trick?

 DJing- I have fun, I’m just not sure about the dance floor!

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

 The couple of designers that I have assisted have become my friends so they influenced me on both a creative and personal level. They are ‘Threeasfour’ and ‘Alistair Carr’.

I also admire Judy Blame and Andrew Logan for their work creating accessories that are also art pieces.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called? 

 Good question!  I have no idea, sorry!  Maybe “Fred Takes A Trip” ?!

What would it stock?

My own designs in amongst a massive mix of all my favourite designer’s work. I did a mini version for Supermarket Sarah which you can see here (http://www.supermarketsarah.com/wall.php?wall=9).

 Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

 Apart from ‘Threeasfour’ and ‘Alistair Carr’ its got to be Craig Lawrence who I share my studio with. He’s an outrageously talented knitwear designer who invents his own techniques with bizarre unexpected materials. He’s also a lovely chap!

To clog or not to clog?

  Crocs- definate no no! Genuine wooden ones – ok.

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

 Brazilian! So sexy! It’s like a singing voice. As much as I love my essex twang I wouldn’t mind losing it either!

Favourite quote:

 Follow Ralph Martson on twitter- he reveals approx ten pearls of wisdom every day. I live my life by the man. I’ve got no clue who he is but he’s a genius.

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Life’s too short, make the most of every day! Live and love!

 

No.13

Matt Hambly is the style writer at FHM magazine. He’s quite delightful. He also runs his own blog (shown below) which he assures me isn’t as creepy as it sounds. Haha! Check it out.

How would you describe your style?
2 parts French exchange student to 1 part Jack Tweed.

What does a normal working day for you consist of?
Selling my soul. Every single day.

What fashion blogs would you recommend?
The Sartorialist is the only fashion blog I ever look at. Oh and girlswearingmyglasses.blogspot.com (But that’s mine so…)

Fashion tip for the season?
Try not to look like an idiot.

Who would play you in a movie?
Rizzo the rat

What’s your party trick?
One armed press ups.

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?
Strangers in the street who look good.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?
Foot Notes

What would it stock?
White trainers and note books. I get given so many note books.

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?
Hedi Slimane because he made it fashionable to have the body of an eight year old boy (I was a late bloomer)

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?
Irish

Favourite quote:
We’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

In a nutshell your philosophy is:
Do it now and worry about it later.

 

No. 12

Post-punk guitarist of The Fall, buyer for über trendy East London boutique – Start – and now co-presenter of Gok’s Fashion Fix (Tuesdays, Channel 4, 8pm) Brix Smith-Start is a one-stop fashion guru.

How would you describe your style?

I have no set style, it varies from day to day, mood to mood, I like to be adventurous but always with good taste.

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

There is not a normal working day for me, I have three very different parts to my life. One is the shop, working on the shop floor, doing PR and interviews for the store. The second is filming for television, which doesn’t just take out a whole day but chunks of weeks and months. The third is buying which again takes weeks of travelling a few times a year and then weeks of admin to sort it. 

Basically, I wake up at 6 in the morning and my day is packed every single day until I go to sleep at 11. I eat at home two nights a week and the rest im out at functions and business dinners. I do manage to read every single night though.

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

Fashion Editor at Large. There are so many but Fashion Editor at Large is my favourite.

Fashion tip for the season?

Acne striped T Shirt maxi dress – this season’s absolute winner

Who would play you in a movie?

Patricia Arquette

What’s your party trick?

My latest and greatest party trick involved foot rubs and false teeth, I’ll say no more…

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

My grandmother’s wardrobe in the 60s, my mother’s wardrobe in the 70’s and my Aunt Susies wardrobe to this present day

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

Martin Margiela – it’s elegant, sophistication with an edgy twist. Clean but strong.

To clog or not to clog?

To clog.. in every way. I’m thinking about buying old school dutch girl ones in metallic gold..

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

Viennese

Favourite quote:

“This too shall pass” – my grandmother

In a nutshell your philosophy is:The glass is ALWAYS half full and when one door shuts, another one opens.

No.11

Bitch Buzz + blog = Cate Sevilla, one busy lady. She is possibly the only blogger so far to make me laugh out-loud on some of her posts and emails.

How would you describe your style?

I own a lot of black. I don’t really go shopping all that often, so I tend to do a lot of recycling and bring  a lot of things out of retirement once they’re back in fashion. I wear whatever makes me feel confident and comfortable. I love jeans, high-waisted skirts, red lipstick, big/messy hair, and things that make me feel like characters from my favorite films and books.

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

I don’t really have a normal working day. I have days where I’m running around London, from meeting to meeting. I’ll have fashion days and I’ll have tech days. Some days are artsy, and some days are about advertising. Somedays I’m working from my home in Surrey with no makeup, leggings and a giant hoodie… and somedays I’m in places like Cannes for a press trip. But what’s always consistent is that I always have my Blackberry in my hand, and I’m always writing, whether it’s for BitchBuzz or another website. And writing emails. I feel like 90% of my life is responding to emails.

What other fashion blogs would you recommend?

Mademoiselle Robot was the first fashion blog I ever read and actually loved, so I read that every day. I don’t read that many fashion blogs, but I’ve been branching out a bit and I love The Clothes Horse, because she’s just so incredibly cute and her pictures are always fantastic. I also really like WildFox’s blog, as the photos are brilliant and it’s about fashion being inspirational, rather than just about one person’s style.

Fashion tip for the season?

Milkmaid braids, bright lips, and sunscreen. 

Who would play you in a movie?

For actual likeness, I should probably choose Lauren Graham, but since this is fantasy land and someone is making a movie about me, I say Emily Blunt. Even though we look nothing alike. And I’m not British…

What’s your party trick?

My party trick is drinking one too many pints and speaking in a really bad British accent. Or dramatic dancing. Or I bring baked goods. Or sometimes I do all three. It’s a toss-up.

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

The city of London, and all of its history and fabulous people has been the biggest influence on my style. Being around people like Mademoiselle Robot as both a stylist and a friend helps a lot, as well. Just travelling and seeing the world outside of suburban California has really changed not only how I dress, but what I consider to be fashionable. 

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Cupcate’s Diner

What would it stock?

 It would stock everything from tiny dog sweaters and milkshakes, to frilly aprons, tutus, dresses from Reem and cheeseburgers with fries. And cheesecake.

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

Vivienne Westwood. Her collections, especially Anglomania, just make me weep. Everything is just so structured. Everything has shape, and the dresses sweep across the body. The color, the texture, the patterns, everything! Her stuff is very wearable. Plus, she’s a badass with bright orange hair. What’s not to like?

To clog or not to clog?

I still wear shoes I bought when I was 16, so I’m probably not the best judge of shoes. And I own Crocs. So, Clogs are probably the least of my problems.

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

I used to wish I sounded British, but now there’s a part of me that wished I sounded a tad bit Scottish. Like Amy Pond on Doctor Who. I’m American, and despite living here for 4 years I still sound very much Californian. However, my vocabulary, on the other hand, is now some scary American-English hybrid of nonsense. 

Favourite quote:

 “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

 Say Yes to the Universe. Open yourself up, and just say Yes. 

 

No.10

In my opinion Ros Shiers is one of the best illustrators out there at the moment. Her illustrations combine burlesque femme fatals with a love of nature. Birds to butterflies, skeletons to insects all feature in beautifully intricate detail. Ros has been featured in pubilcations such as the Telegraph, Independent, ES Magazine, Lula and 125 Magazine.

How would you describe your style? 

For day mens shirts (stripey or check), cardigan, shorts, black tights and my trusty black brogues which I live in. For night I like wearing short floral dresses, black tights and shoes with thick heels or wedges, as I am a little like bambi in stilettos (not a good look). Or I will slip on a pair of heels with my day wear.

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

Get up, have breakfast (oats and peppermint tea), check emails, sort out and package any orders that have come in, reorder any prints from my printers I may need, go to post office. Have lunch then work on other jobs/freelance work and new print designs. Go for a run about 7pm, I try and do this a few evenings each week. If I have no plans I usually work for the rest of the evening as there is always something I could be doing.

What other fashion blogs would you recommend?

http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/

http://disneyrollergirl.blogspot.com/

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/

http://jakandjil.com/blog/

http://fredbutlerstyle.blogspot.com/

http://anniecollinge.blogspot.com/

http://simetra-junkaholic.blogspot.com/

http://www.theselby.com/

http://www.sophyrobson.com/sophysblog/

http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

http://www.fakekarl.com

http://seaofshoes.typepad.com/ 

Do you like people not really knowing who you are?

Yes

Fashion tip for the season?

Don’t conform/buy in to trends, look in your wardrobe, rediscover and reinvent old pieces. Dont worry about wearing the same things over and over if you love them.

Who would play you in a movie? 

Maggie Gyllenhaal 

What’s your party trick?

I don’t have one.

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

My twin sister and looking back to fashions of the past. 

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Bijoux

What would it stock?

All things Bijoux! My sister and I write a blog (www.thebijouxbootcar.blogspot.com) which documents our tales of hidden treasures discovered whilst enjoying one of our favourite weekend pastimes of visiting car boot sales and antique fairs. Finding old treasure makes me very happy. In our dreams we would buy a van and spend our time scouring markets, reupholster furniture to fill a shop full of beautiful curiosities and household treasures, my illustrations and anything we loved.

To clog or not to clog?

Not to clog, as I suspect I would not be able to walk in them, however I would make an exception for Chanel or Miu Miu!

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

Italian

Favourite quote:

If I know what love is it is because of you. (Herman Hesse)

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Be happy with who you are and what you have. Treat others how you would like to be treated, don’t look back in anger and tell the people you love how much you love them as often as you can.

No.9

Vanya Ganderton is the designer of kitsch brand Jewellery By Vanya. Inspired by vintage trinkets and all hand-made there isn’t anything to not like about these pieces.

(P.S. the pricepoint isn’t half bad either!)

 

How would you describe your style?

A bit romantic bohemian, a bit granny chic, and a little bit rock.

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

My days vary quite a lot but they always start by checking my emails and seeing what orders I have, and end with a trip to the post office to deliver all the goodies.

In between I could be making up orders, researching and designing new pieces, photographing my work, sourcing/buying supplies and generally thinking of new exciting things Jewellery by Vanya can get involved in.

 

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

I love reading blogs that follow fashion but also show the reader how they interpret that into their own style so I would recommend Mademoiselle Robot, Hello Mr Fox, and Liebemarlene Vintage (who also has a vintage clothing shop on ebay)

For pure fashion I like Coco’s Tea Party and Oh Elle, for street style look at Face Hunter.

For jewellery check out I, Bejewelled and Adorn London

And finally I love The Drifter and the Gypsy for its soft, pretty, vintage style.

Where is your favourite place in the whole world?

Ohhh tough one, I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit so I have many favourite places around the world for many different reasons. My true favourite place though would always be wherever my family and friends were.

Accessory tip for the season?

I’d like some clunky tan heels and a straw hat for the summer, items like these crop up every year so are timeless, I only buy things that I love and suit me, not just because it’s in fashion. That would be my tip.

Who would play you in a movie?

I have been likened to Kirsten Dunst in the past so it would have to be her.

What’s your party trick?

I don’t really have one.

Who/What has been your greatest influence?

The creative gene comes from my mum and she always encouraged me to follow my passion. My whole family have always been supportive of my decisions in life and their faith in me has been a great influence. Anyone who is succeeding in the creative industry is an inspiration, and gives me a big kick up the backside when I need it.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Hmmm well I would want it to have a homely feel so maybe Trudi’s which is my middle name, I’m never very good at coming up with anything fancy.

What would it stock?

My jewellery of course, alongside a handpicked selection of clothing from up and coming designers with artwork and photography on the walls. I would also have a little coffee and cake stand and a nice cosy seating area with magazines.

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

I think Alex Monroe and Laura Lee make beautiful jewellery.

Tribal or not Tribal?

Not a trend for me I’m afraid

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

I started to learn Italian a while ago so it would have to be that

Favourite quote:

I just googled ‘famous quotes’ and have decided to steal these:

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

M.K. Gandhi

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.

Jesse Jackson

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Face up to the things that you are afraid of and treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.


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