Fashion in 5 with Sophie McElligott

Olympia Le-Tan

1. What’s on your wish-list at the moment?

I love Olympia Le-Tan’s bags (above)- in particular the Franz Kafka Der Prozess clutch from her AW13 Schnitzel with Noodles collection. The Trial is not only one of my all-time favourite books, but her beautifully crafted clutches have been on my hit list for a while.

 2. Describe your own personal style?

It’s colourful but quite masculine. I like flat shoes, big silk shirts, mixed prints and loose tailoring.


(E.Tautz S/S14 Collection)

3. Which trends will you be working this season?

E.Tautz’s SS14 show at London Collection: Men was perfect. Shalwar Kameez inspired, long shirts worn over silk trousers with slippers and wide brim hats. The green, blue and orange palette worked beautifully. Academic ceremonial gowns and a colonial tropical paradise combined; the colours, prints and silhouettes left me feeling inspired.

 4. Tell us about your favourite dress and what you love about it?

My favourite dress is short-sleeved and long with buttons all the way down the front. It’s made of silk and is pale with an oversized deep orange flower print. It makes me feel like I’m a child and an old lady all at once. I found it in a second-hand shop and I’ve worn it so many times it’s sure to fall apart soon. Until it does I’ll continue to enjoy it, and when it’s ready to disintegrate i’ll unpick the seams and use the pattern pieces to make another one.

Simone Rocha

(Simone Rocha S/S13 collection- perfect for summer).

5. Your favourite under-rated brand?

I have lots of favourite brands- I’m not sure any of them are under-rated though. My favourite emerging designer is Simone Rocha– she’s a NEWGEN recipient, one of the big brands of tomorrow and one of the most exciting names of today. There’s a freshness to her design aesthetic. Her sense of proportion is great, the voluminous skirts, the loosely tailored, oversized short-sleeve jackets and the fitted dresses… I love the combination of ethereal, light, feminine fabrics and the treated heavy leathers. Not to mention the brightly coloured broderie anglaise. Beautiful.

Sophie McElligott

Thanks Sophie.x


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