Photographed in London W1, by MARCUS DAWES. Interview YASMIN COKE. Hair and make-up LAUREN GRIFFIN at K Management. Sittings editor MARION JONES.
DONNA WALLACE, ACCESSORIES Editor, ELLE
Donna wears jacket £69.99 and skirt £34.99, both from the Stine Riis Collection at H&M, available at the Regent Street store and H&M Selfridges from 17 September. Further details 0844 736 9000; hm.com
I don’t usually wear skirts, I think they are a bit high maintenance and I need to be low maintenance, but this skirt is so cool. It’s from the Stine Riis collection at H&M. I love the deconstructed panels and colour. The midnight blue and aqua tones are perfect for me because I like to wear dark colours but not black. The jacket is cut cleverly, it’s smart, neat and boxy – it really doesn’t look like a cut you would find on the high street. The whole look is androgynous without being masculine, which I love.
I have a minimal style. I like to layer but in a clean way. My job is in accessories and I love them, I really geek out on the details. But I’m quite fussy and don’t like to overly accessorise. I’ve teamed the outfit simply, with a hand-painted Joseph bag that’s a real favourite and these amazing boots by Jean Paul Gaultier. I do have a lot of accessories, but I tend to pick up the same thing for ease. I’ll wear a great necklace from Annina Vogel, and a pinky Husam El Odeh ring that has a Margiela aesthetic about it.
I’m really looking forward to H&M’s Margiela collaboration. The Marni collection was amazing, wasn’t it? You could tell the designer was heavily involved by the quality of the pieces – they were so well executed. H&M’s Stine Riis initiative is a brilliant extension of that approach; Stine won their Design Award 2012. It’s always positive when a high-street brand supports new talent, but this collection is so astonishingly well produced. I think H&M’s collaborations have a real effect on the quality of the pieces in store, and the A/W 12 collection is so strong. I’ve spotted a bowling bag with a stingray effect on the sides that’s very chic, and some great leather pieces and bomber jackets. The dark, rich palette is lovely. Designer-wise, I’m looking forward to Balenciaga, and I’m interested to see what Raf Simons will bring to Dior.
I don’t spend too much time thinking about getting dressed in the morning, but if I have an event to go to I plan my outfit the day before – it’s less stressful. I do get geeky about the weather. I like to know what it’s doing – I hate being in sandals and getting rained on. During Fashion Week, I tend to plan out my outfits around the weather rather than what look I want to work. So British.