So, we all travel and mingle and meet countless people, but how many do we care to remember? How many actually make an impression?
One fashionable Londoner managed to do so. This diva has dabbled in the music industry and has since then made her way into the fashion world. She launched Messy Nessy Chic in mid-June, a fantastic lifestyle website/blog about fashion, traveling, arts and music...a definite must-read! The style maven that she is, is also launching a mobile styling service, Can I Rock It?, later on this year.
How did you get into fashion, and when in your life did you start to get interested into it?
I'd say I got into fashion as soon I could choose my own clothes. I would say as young as six was when I first started having screaming matches with my mother about what outfit I wanted to wear.
Who are your fashion icons?
Women from the sixties - Brigitte Bardot, Ali McGraw, Sophia Loren, Edie Sedgwick. All of their looks have been brought back over the last five years in fashion.
How do you define your style?
I am very messy. So I'm sure I could dress a lot better if I was more organized, however, I define my style for the most part as nostalgic and chic despite this! I can be a gypsy or I can be an east coast college girl, depends on my mood.
What's your favorite city for shopping, and why?
I think every city has great shopping somewhere, it just depends what you are looking for. I do love to shop at the new Topshop in Knightsbridge, London but can get just as excited shopping at the Saturday market in the French countryside. I did just discover a fantastic little fashion boutique in Paris called Manoush.
What's your favorite city for its lifestyle aesthetic?
It changes sometimes but right now it's Ibiza! The old town, how surprisingly untouched most of the island is and yet still has that spice of charisma and style. Market shopping is good there too.
What's your favorite shopping destination in London?
Again, these things change because I'm always discovering new London but I'm loving Brick Lane right now. It's got Spitafields market five minutes away (a newly-renovated haven) and then the more raw, new and vintage designers in the old warehouses all down Brick Lane. Oh and the food! Wow.
Did you always want to work in fashion, how do you feel about it, and what's the most exciting thing about your job?
I've also worked in the music industry, singing and songwriting, but I was to be honest very confused about the fashion industry until I understood that it was all about creating something of your own rather than latching onto what someone else is already doing.
The most exciting thing about my job is when you know an article has come together and it reads and looks great. I'm looking forward to when I've launched the mobile styling service Can I Rock It?. It's a lot of self-discipline.
Do you ever get disenchanted with the industry, and do you have any dislikes about the industry?
Not really. I do think the fashion industry was a little bit more exciting in the eighties though with the supermodel era and avante-garde photography.
What is your favorite collection from Resort 2011?
Cynthia Rowley and Rachel Roy were pretty hot. Cynthia Rowley because I love cutesy prints that remind me of blankets from my childhood and Rachel Roy because I've recently discovered how elegant wide legged trousers can look and these are an ultra cool example...they're showstoppers.
What was your latest purchase?
A pair of white leather woven jazz flats from Colisse de Sacha in Paris.
What are your favorite items of clothing, shoes, and jewelry; and why are they so special to you?
This bag I bought in Ibiza for 8 euros - I don't need any other bag this summer.
This necklace I saw in a Paris window shop and knew I had to have it because it's the colors of my MessyNessyChic logo! And it's such a statement piece!
And these boots - they've gotten me all over London in my short little shift dresses.
Images via Style, Google Images Search and Vanessa Grall.