Elisabeth Von Thurn Und Taxis

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Writer and editor Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis comments on the idea of ‘Britishness’ and her favourite pieces from the Spring Summer 2014 catwalk.

 

Elisabeth joined guests at Claridge’s hotel to watch our London Fashion Week show. A frequent European traveller, she has a soft spot for London and for British style sensibility.

On British style…
There is a sense of playfulness and a conversation between elements of dressing up and dressing down that I have often watched in British sartorial sensibility. I love that and its definitely something I play with. There is also the practical element of British style, anything that keep that constant rain away; wellies, mac and tweed!

On British style icons…
Nancy Mitford, the Beatles, Marianne Faithful, Penelope Tree – all icons.

On the essence of Britishness…
Mulberry seems able to incorporate their British tradition into a contemporary aesthetic: I love the little nods to tradition like a new take on a riding boot etc. I love the great British sense of humour and the attitude of open-mindedness that makes it easy to feel comfortable as a foreigner.

On time spent in London…
I spend a huge chunk of my time in London, I love shopping at Rellic, running in the park, visiting the National Portrait Gallery or Sadie Coles Gallery and exploring new parts of the city.

On the Spring Summer 2014 catwalk…
There were a few looks I loved but if I had to pick it would be look 10 – coincidentally the model wearing that look was an Elisabeth too! I also loved the new envelope clutch in baby blue. I love how the corporate feel of an envelope was perfectly contradicted by making it baby blue. This is the perfect example of the British sense of playfulness.

See all the Spring Summer 2014 catwalk looks

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