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IN CONVERSATION: EDITOR, LAURA FANTACCI

11.05.17

We quiz industry insider and guest stylist, Laura Fantacci on her personal style and her favourite picks from the SS17 collection

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1. Talk us through your looks from the shoot.

The tulle skirt and white T-shirt combination is the perfect example of beautiful basics teamed with something girly. High-low dressing is something that I really love. Think jeans with heels or a T-shirt and sequins. To get it right, you’ve got to mix the everyday with something a little bit special. I also love the blazer and jeans look. It’s a great example of a classic downtime combination made instantly sharper with a great wardrobe staple. When you dissect an outfit like this, there’s really not much to it, but just by adding a statement piece of tailoring you’ve got something quite impactful.
 

2. What is your favourite piece from the Reiss SS17 collection?

You can’t go wrong with a simple white T-shirt, and the Willa is a strong example. Leather trousers are also something that I think every woman should own. You can wear them at any age, on any figure, and they’ll always look incredible.

3. Have you chosen looks to suit specific occasions or ones that will work for everything?

I think I’ve built a mini capsule wardrobe within my edit. These are all items that you could easily mix and match to make different outfits. I would wear the skirt and T-shirt to the office, actually. I see every day as an opportunity to wear something special. Why save things? If you love it, just wear it. I would wear the jeans and blazer look to a meeting or add trainers and wear it on a flight. When you start thinking this way, even packing becomes easier. I’m a wizard at packing now. The trick is to pack outfits not things. If you shop with this in mind, also, you’ll find that you have built up a wardrobe that caters to all events as well as everyday life. You can choose a great maxi skirt that you’ve had for years and wear it with a new blouse and it will feel familiar but also fresh.
 

4. What one investment piece would you recommend for SS17?

A little white dress.
 

5. Which trends will you be buying into this season and which will you be giving a miss?

I’m really into the utility trend at the moment and I’ve recently bought a khaki skirt. When I buy into trends, though, it’s always in a way that’s quite subtle. I’ll be wearing a chino or a cargo trouser that I can dress up but I won’t ‘do’ ulility in the literal sense of the word. It’s more about nodding to the look for me. On the other hand, I really want to buy into florals this season as there are so many ditsy 1960s prints about, but I just feel like it’s too hard to buy something printed and love it for a really long time, so that’s the look I’ll be avoiding.

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