Who or what has influenced your style over the years?
I am a people watcher, and I am obsessed with what people wear. I grew up in rural Devon, and devoured glossy magazines. I like people who go their own way. For example, I love Tilda Swinton, because she makes bold choices, that are independent of the fashion trend machine and the resulting looks she creates can be very interesting. I always want to see what Cate Blanchett is wearing, too.
Are you an accessories person? What are your must-haves?
Yes. Definitely. I think accessories really switch up what you are wearing. At my age, I have accrued a stable of accessories I love, and there is an integrity to that. I’ll add to the collection occasionally with a great piece of jewellery or a fabulous bag. I don’t wear a different necklace each day like I did in my twenties, but I pull things out when I want a change.
I love the way society isn’t prescriptive about dress codes and what is ‘right’ for certain occasions anymore. That means accessories are tools to help transform an outfit for different situations. It does mean clothes become more versatile and we get more value out of the things we love wearing.
Do you believe in age-related style rules?
I don’t think there are rules: style is about the person and their shape and what they like, and age is irrelevant. What does 40 look like? Or 70? I’m really happy to feel I may have played some small part in shifting those longtime attitudes by working with some fantastically stylish women who are really happy to enjoy wearing different clothes at any age. I never think about their age when I work with them.
The digital era has had a huge impact on style. It has democratised the way we dress and taken the power away from designers and fashion editors. If anyone is out there feeling they can’t wear something for any reason, they will find women on Instagram or blogs or whatever who look fabulous and hopefully give them the confidence to go there.