Welcome to the second instalment of the Everyday Isabelle Fox series, which opens the door into the lives and styles of modern women and their extraordinary stories. Today we have Ellie, Rasangi and Charly, all smart, fascinating women who will tell you about the ups and downs of their sartorial style and beyond.
Welcome to the first of our four-part series, Everyday Isabelle Fox. Here you will meet 11 women, find out what drives them, who inspires them and how they use clothes as a means to support what they do. In the series we have mothers, entrepreneurs, creatives, lawyers and financiers, to name but a few. Read the interviews below to find out more. Enjoy!
Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, was born in Mexico City in 1907. She died there 47 years later. Kahlo was a Mexican painter whose work is celebrated for its depiction of Mexican heritage, as well as its feminist tendencies in its portrayal of the female form. She is frequently categorised as a surrealist, notably by André Breton, but she staunchly denied this categorisation, stating that her work was in fact a description of her reality rather than her dreams.
It goes without saying that, as a ready-to-wear brand with couture sensibilities, we are somewhat obsessed with the catwalk shows each season. It’s always exhilarating to see the new visions of each designer, but the avant-garde styles aren’t always easy to translate into our existing, everyday wardrobe. Fashion is, of course, an art, and it’s often up to us how we choose to interpret it.
Hong Kong is a weird and wonderful place. So similar to Western Europe in many ways and so different in others. The city has it all: great architecture, culture, countryside, shopping and year-round good weather (which always helps). I visited in late-2016 on business, not expecting much I flew over with mild curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised to find a city that manages to balance the old and new in perfect harmony. It doesn't feel clinical or "beige", like many such cities, and it feels safe but exciting in equal measure, meaning that you feel like you can properly explore. Some key things to point out before we get going: everything in Hong Kong is relatively expensive, be prepared for the heat and take a good map/city guide to find things (I used the Louis Vuitton guide that you can download from the app store, which includes a map and navigation tool).
I met Vincci on a recent trip to Hong Kong (keep an eye out for a City Guide) after finding her blog through Instagram. I wanted to learn more about Hong Kong, China and the approach to fashion there so we met up for tea and lunch and chatted about what it is women want from their clothes and how it might differ from country to country. I love Vincci's classic style, which mixes designer and high street perfectly. I also love her story of being a TV anchor before leaving her job to set up full-time as a fashion blogger. Vincci has worked with big brands such as Dior, Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana. Find out more about her life and style below.
Last weekend I visited the gorgeous city of Lille with my mother. It is the perfect weekend getaway as it has everything you could possibly wish for in a compact size: good food, good wine, beautiful architecture, a fascinating history and, most importantly, fantastic shopping. The Old Town is by far the prettiest area but the whole city feels relaxed and accessible; virtually everything can be done on foot. What's more, it is a stone's throw from London taking a mere 1hr 20mins on the Eurostar from St. Pancras station. If, like us, you decide to go in the winter then be prepared for chilly but beautifully sunny weather (with the ever-present possibility of rain). Here's my list of the top ten things to do in Lille.
In terms of style, the look that is most associated with The Shrimp (a moniker that Shrimpton detests) is the mini skirt. In fact, one of the most interesting facts about Shrimpton and the mini skirt is that it came about almost completely by accident. In 1965, Shrimpton was paid £2000 (a huge sum at the time) to travel to Australia to present the Melbourne Cup and promote Orlon, a new fabric. Colin Rolfe, Shrimpton's dressmaker, had been sent insufficient fabric to make the below-the-knee skirts and dresses he had intended on making, so instead shortened the hem and made do with what he had. Shrimpton arrived at the event in what was then a very conservative Australia, wearing a white mini shift dress, sitting 5 inches above the knee, with no stockings, no hat and no gloves: the mini skirt was born.
I met Carrie Anne on a glorious September afternoon in the Marais area in Paris. We talked politics, style, philosophy and female empowerment, and I just loved her natural style and entrepreneurial spirit. Carrie Anne runs an online French school called French is Beautiful (here), which offers an immersive guide to the French language as well as to Paris as a city.
Fashion Month is finally over and what a month it has been. With new designers in place at Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino, to name but a few, we have seen fresh approaches to our much-loved brands. In this article we have outlined our favourite classic pieces from the SS17 runway, which will certainly be influencing our wardrobe next spring.
As you may already have worked out we at Isabelle Fox love vintage-inspired fashion, which is why each and every piece is inspired by an iconic woman from the past. The idea of the 'Style Files' is to profile women from the past, their history and, of course, their style. This is not the reserve of Hollywood stars, we are interested in all sorts of women, many of whom will not naturally fall under the heading of 'Style Icon', but who are inspiring and influential in more oblique ways.