January 12th, 2016
Presenting My Style to ‘thinking woman’s’ lifestyle site Running in Heels
Gabrielle Sander, a writer for women’s lifestyle site Running in Heels (among other titles), recently interviewed me for the RIH My Style column. Queue a frantic wardrobe scramble, and Mr Popcorn’s first foray into fashion photography, snapping my sartorial efforts on our doorstep (good practice for my planned ASOS Marketplace conquest.)
The FP jury’s out on street style in that I’m not 100% sure how interested people are in my personal method of garb, but it was very flattered to be invited and I seem to make sense!
Here’s a taster of the interview that accompanies my pics:
Where did you buy your outfit?
An eclectic range of places… the blouse is Whistles – I have had it for several seasons but it’s a failsafe. The jacket is Vivienne Westwood, part of an amazing skirt suit, and bought from a sample sale. The trousers, ASOS (I have another very similar pair from Whistles – can’t get enough of the peg leg). The belt vintage; the shoes Christian Louboutin (the best surprise Christmas present ever from my husband).
In the second photograph, I’m wearing another mix of designer and vintage. The harems are Jaeger London and were my purchase of SS10. For winter, I’ve tucked them into these amazing 1970s boots, a £40 steal from the vintage fashion fair at Battersea Arts Centre. The top is 80s Marks & Spencer – I LOVE 80s M&S. The eau de nil ring is by Mawi, a 30th birthday present from my husband – the jewel is chipped though, so needs to be replaced. These are some of my favourite items and, coupled with a slick of eyeliner and slash of lipstick, I’m always 100% confident when I step out in them.
How do you put your daily looks together?
Since having my twins, I have minimal time to put together my daily look; it is really a question of what’s clean, and what I can throw together easily. Luckily for me the reductive aesthetic is so OTM! But I have a baker’s dozen of looks that I know work, and have regular points where I go through my wardrobe and remix it up. I really enjoy the process of fashioning myself, and actually love that I have to go with what I first choose to wear, as I have no time to dither, and I have plenty of footwear options to complete the look!
Is this typical of how you dress, or do you tend to vary your style?
I have a fairly consistent style – without playing it too safe, as that’s when you know you might as well give up! I tend to introduce new pieces to my wardrobe which I know will slot in with existing items. Overall my look is vintage-modern, a mix of accessible designer pieces and second-hand favourites, finished with a pair of killer heels (or, if flats, brogues).
Who or what inspires you?
Women – and men – who are prepared to question the status quo, and push for answers. This needs to happen as much in fashion as anywhere else and the industry traditionally doesn’t like to rock the boat. Among others, I really admire Caryn Franklin for loving fashion, but also seeing the need to critique it, to ensure it doesn’t crumple in on itself – her All Walks initiative (founded with Erin O’Connor and Debra Bourne) is really interesting, and something we can all participate in.
The digital landscape throws up a lot of new opportunities for creativity, both using technology and rejecting it, so these new tools of expression – whether we choose to use them or not – can be also be inspirational. This premise is something we’ve been exploring through our Fashion Popcorn salons…
To read the complete feature, go to Running in Heels – I like to think it’d be worth it!