Rose Uniacke is known for the serenity and restraint of the interiors she creates for her clients; the Sunday Times called her Queen of the Serene. It is always rather fascinating figuring out who inspires the people who inspire you. For example, her clients include Victoria Beckham and Jo Malone, who are both fans. I have been haunting her shop in Pimlico for years and cutting out pictures for my inspiration board, but, until recently, she was one of the famous people you’ve never heard of. Tall and slim with long glossy hair, she favours simple flowing gowns at red carpet events; she downplays glamour and wore flat shoes to the Oscars. Married to film producer David Heyman, this English rose lives a quietly fashionable life in a graceful Victorian house that has been recently much photographed. Embarrassingly, I have poured over the pictures of her and her house with some envy with a view to keeping a grip on my own tendency for clutter and over-accessorising. She says every room is whitish; some pink-white, some green-white, some yellow-white. With charm that is more than just tasteful, Uniacke mixes old and new, antique and contemporary. Her own fashion choices reflect this elegance and warmth. At home she is seen wearing full-skirted dresses, simple tops, silk blouses. She might wear plain cream pants, some cashmere or silk, a simple black Valentino dress, a Celine bag. About her decorating style she has said, “I don’t over-furnish”; this applies to her dressing approach as well as working with her simple dreamy-coloured interiors. A knack we would all like to share.
By Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com