Greece: the go-to guide

Greece: your go-to guide

History-crammed landscapes, dazzling azure coves, charming seafood tavernas, that pupil-tightening combination of brilliant whitewash against cobalt blue skies… Greece has long been the ultimate summer-holiday destination.…
Private mile-high flights | Discretion assured

Love is in the air…

Passenger count 2 Destination Cloud Nine Cruising altitude Higher, baby Hotel stays these days are increasingly about experiences – so why not the journey, too? We’re…

Grace Mykonos: hotel of the week

A leisurely break on the sun-caressed shores of Greece provides a natural antidote to the daily grind. Why not indulge in some serious relaxation at the boutique spa hotel Grace Mykonos, on an island renowned for its stylish visitors?

Grace Mykonos hotel, Mykonos, Greece

Style Contemporary coastal cool
Setting Aegean beach-side seclusion

We ask the questions: Q&A with fashion doyenne Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley at homeWith a look book that’s generally considered to be the last word in British bridal elegance, Amanda Wakeley (OBE, if you don’t mind) is renowned for her fashion finesse (not to mention after-dark attire, if Beyoncé’s recent Vegas clubwear and Florence & the Machine‘s choice of performance get-up, below right, are anything to go by).

Florence Welch in Amanda WakeleySince we at Planet Smith already worship at the altar of Amanda and recently picked the design diva’s brains for her weekend packing guide, we thought we’d delve further and uncover a few of her travel secrets for you.

We managed to catch the ever-busy Amanda in a tiny window in her hectic schedule, somewhere between judging the Scottish Fashion Awards, designing her S/S 11 collection and launching the new Amanda Wakeley online wedding planner, a tool to help stylish brides plan their big day.

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What first inspired you to become a designer?

I have made clothes ever since I was a little girl… it’s something I’ve always done intuitively.

 

Which other designers or artists do you admire?

I love the work of both Madame Grès and Vionnet: women designing for women in the most innately feminine way. In terms of artists, I adore Rothko on the one hand; Tracey Emin is a friend, and I love some of her works, particularly one of the pieces in this year’s Summer Exhibition – the one that says ‘I love you but sometimes I don’t think’. I have also always enjoyed collecting black and white photography, and would love to own one of the large-scale Peter Beards.

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