So yesterday Conde Nast’s Easy Living magazine arrived at my apartment to shoot my portrait for a feature in the September issue. Because I don’t love having my photo taken, the way I deal with it is to arrange to organise the parts I know best. So Dom & I looked after the clothes, and I also did my hair (with some curling wand action from the make up artist, Diane Noorlander).
We turned my kitchen into a fashion closet, and I called in clothes from designers I wear, so I would know that there would be pieces in which I was comfortable – because that always translates into better photographs.
I did an appointment at Temperley on Wednesday- that amazing gold dress is by Alice from her pre-fall collection, and I will actually be wearing it on the red carpet, with one of her immaculately tailored tuxes, at the Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow on Monday.
We also had clothes from my favourites Raoul, and new label Baukjen, which launches in September, from the founder of Isabella Oliver.
The shoes above are pretty much all my own bar the ankle boots. On the top row, L to R, we have Roland Mouret (not mine!), Bionda Castana, Nicholas Kirkwood, Zara, Lara Bohinc. On the bottom: Nicholas Kirkwood, Alessandro Dell’Aqua, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rupert Sanderson, Rupert Sanderson, next to an Angel Jackson Continental Clutch & granny’s crocodile handbag.
Roland Mouret has his first own name shoe collection launching next season, so we called in some glorious heels and these fantastic ankle boots.
We shot on Arlington Street in Camden, and watch the lovely photographer Jay Brooks risk imminent death by delivery van on several occasions. Then ,because of the rain, we moved up just the road to the York & Albany on Parkway. The magazine had asked me to suggest a place indoors in my neighbourhood, and the Y&A is my favourite place for breakfast, pizza, martinis and general loafing. It also has wonderful light.
I’m wearing a Temperley frock and tux, my Alessandro Dell’Aqua heels and the Georg Jensen Daisy ring I was given for Christmas.