With 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).
Since 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.
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.