has created fantastical shoots for American Vogue as a contributing editor, and worked on campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch and Rag & Bone. Despite living in New York for 13 years with her photographer husband, Craig McDean, she maintains a staunch British slant on fashion. The couple live in Manhattan with their sons, Dylan, seven, and Elliott, nine.
What is your personal style?
I have a split style personality. In the summer, I go for floral pieces: color, fluid shapes, lots of Preen prints. In winter, there are more neutral tones: darker colors such as black and burgundy [and] animal print. It is also the time of year when I invest in tailored pieces by Dolce & Gabbana or Saint Laurent.
Do you dress from the shoes up?
I look at what I've got to do for the day. I think of if I'll be on set on my feet for hours; if I've got to go to a school event; if I'm working in the factory; if I have to go up to Vogue House. I take all of that into
“When I style for clients, I switch heads, INHABIT their DNA and go into their WORLD”
consideration, then I think about the shoes and dress upwards.
How do you approach styling for your clients?
If I'm working with a design house, I switch heads, inhabit their DNA and go into their world. For an editorial, the theme develops
around an idea I might draw from an art show or piece of music. For example, after seeing the Dolce & Gabbana SS08 show full of hand-painted floral prints, I was reminded of Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairies Book [based on the Cottingley Fairy hoax], and I styled Karen Elson for [the March 2008 issue of] Italian Vogue around that.
What do you wear to feel confident?
In the winter, I like to team a sweater and a white shirt with skinny jeans and a heeled boot – I dress with more of a masculine
Dress by Proenza Schouler; Hai shoes by Tabitha Simmons; bag and ring Tabitha's own
Hunter boots by Tabitha Simmons
LB sandals by Tabitha Simmons (above)