Interviews

5 Minutes With: Kurt Geiger Creative Director, Rebecca Farrar-Hockley

Take a peek inside the shoe collection of any style conscious Brit and the chances are, you’ll find at least a pair or two by Kurt Geiger. Since Mr Geiger himself arrived from Austria in 1963 the brand has become one of the UK’s best known and loved destinations for fashionable footwear. The past few years have seen Kurt Geiger go global, opening stores everywhere from New York to the Middle East while wowing the critics closer to home with the launch of their accessories collection, “Everything But The Dress”. With further expansion planned for the year ahead, high heel lovers like myself wait with baited breath to find out what more joys Kurt Geiger has in store for us next.

Kurt Geiger

Last week I caught up with the lovely lady behind the label, Creative and Buying Director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley…

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5 Minutes With: Star Hu

Everybody knows that one of the most wonderful things about the British fashion industry is the environment and opportunities it offers up-and-coming designers. McQueen, Galliano, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane… Would these incredible talents have flourished quite so fabulously in Paris or Milan? Who knows. But that my friends is a discussion for another time. Right now I want to introduce you to a more recent addition to the London fashion landscape, Beijing born designer Star Hu. Despite having launched her eponymous label straight after graduating a mere two years ago, Star Hu already boasts high profile fans including Rita Ora, Olivia Inge and Camilla Rutherford. Last month she launched her first standalone boutique in Notting Hill with a fash bash attended by all of the above.

Star Hu

I caught up with the globetrotting fashion maven to get the inside scoop on her inspirations, aspirations and plans for the future…

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5 Minutes With: Harvey Nichols Fashion Director, Paula Reed

While this post title says “Harvey Nichols Fashion Director”, you might know Paula Reed best as Style Director of Grazia Magazine… Or Fashion Director of The Sunday Times… Or Harpers Bazaar UK… Or In Style Magazine. As fashion careers go, Paula’s is so impressive it makes your head spin and your (or at least my) heart race with job/life/wardrobe envy. With this in mind, imagine my delight when I somehow wangled the opportunity of interviewing her! Just to be clear when I say “somehow wangled”, what I really mean is that I cornered the poor woman at a party and pretty much begged her to do a Q&A. Luckily Paula turned out to be every bit as lovely as she is talented and despite the fact she just started a new and extremely hectic sounding job, let me spend almost an hour quizzing her at Harvey Nichol’s West London HQ.

Paula Reed

Read on to find out more about Paula’s jealous-making career, shopping habits and most fabulous fashion moments…

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5 Minutes With: My Wardrobe PR Director, Lauren Stevenson

Ok, so I highly doubt My Wardrobe needs any introduction but just in case my Dad/Brother/Great Aunt is reading this, it’s one of THE hottest online shopping destinations right now. In just 6 short years the site has gone from start up to major league player stocking the coveted likes of Carven, 3.1 Phillip Lim, A.P.C, Markus Lupfer (so yes, all my faves) plus many more besides. Having basically fainted with fash-induced over excitement at their SS13 press day I can say without a shadow of doubt that things are only going to get chicer over the years to come. Of course, even the fabulous likes of My Wardrobe wouldn’t have scaled the dizzy sartorial heights it has without passionate professionals like PR Director, Lauren Stevenson to make it happen.

My Wardrobe

I caught up with Lauren to get the inside scoop on her incredible career and My Wardrobe’s plans for (fashion) world domination…

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5 Minutes With… MONNIER Freres Co-Founder, Jean Monnier

Show me a person who doesn’t like accessories and I’ll show you a liar! Slightly annoying choice of phrase I know, but the point stands. If there’s one area of your wardrobe really worth splashing the cash on, accessories. Those bags, scarves, sunglasses and other items of delight have the power to instantly luxe up any outfit and end up paying for themselves in no time if, like me, you evaluate such things via cost-per-wear. This was a sentiment shared by brothers Guillaume and Jean Monnier who decided to ditch high powered jobs at two of France’s biggest fashion corporations and set up their own hugely successful luxury accessories e-tailer, MONNIER Frères.

Monnier freres

I caught up with Jean Monnier to get the inside scoop on his and Guillaume’s growing accessories empire…

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