As London Fashion Week begins, take your cues from the magazine editors and stylists who sit on the front row. Here’s how to work out their winning style formulas
The formula: quality essentials + confidence = effortless chic
French Vogue’s editor-in-chief () personifies Parisian cool. “Forget trendy designer labels,” she says. “[Think] jeans, a sweater or a T-shirt worn under a jacket that seems welded to you. When it’s just right, when you don’t see the effort, it’s irresistible.”
The formula: bold colour + unexpected silhouettes = playful femininity
Stylist-extraordinaire, Milan-born Giovanna () has been working in the fashion industry since she was 17. Consulting for brands such as Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana, she is known for her natural ability to mix sophisticated, eye-catching pieces with a playful spirit. “I always say too much is never enough – it’s my favourite saying.”
If, like Giovanna, you’re colour-blocking head-to-toe, see how she’s paired a statement skirt with a simple T-shirt. The effect is cool but considered.
The formula: nipped-in-waist + midi hemlines = pure sophistication
Dame Anna Wintour () has been at the helm of American Vogue for nearly 30 years, so naturally she knows a thing or two about dressing for big occasions. Her look is pristine – but she’s thrifty too and a huge advocate for wearing the same outfit numerous times. “Recycle. It’s totally OK. I even recommend it,” she says. Her uniform consists of flattering dresses and skirts, statement patterns (you’ll never see her in head-to-toe black) and, of course, a pair of sunglasses.
The key is to keep it simple. If you’re wearing a standout dress or trying a new print, pare back the accessories. If you’re keen to look smart, polished and elegant, Anna’s is the look for you.
The formula: wardrobe staples + wow-factor accessories = grown-up glamour
When she’s not designing clothes, Caroline is consulting for brands and heading up the fashion team at cult bi-annual magazine Tank. A true advocate for classic style with a twist – usually an amazing bag or shoes – she has also become a certified street-style favourite. “There’s real power in accessories,” she says. “Great footwear or a statement set of earrings is a definite confidence booster.”
Caroline’s look is ideal for the office – sleek and sophisticated but with a dose of personality. Next time you’re in a rut about your working wardrobe, try adding a look-at-me bag – it will give even black trousers and a white shirt a new lease of life.
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