Mimi Talks to Celia Birtwell Part 2

BATD ON Feb 13, 2009 AT 3:19 pm

Celia Birtwell Sunglasses and Compact

Celia Birtwell Sunglasses and Compact

If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe past or present who’s would it be and why?
I would have to steal Coco Chanel’s wardrobe & her jewellery box – I know it is very obvious but I still find her so glamorous.
How would you describe your personal style?
One tries to be chic and stylish!
Where do you like to shop?
Agnes B, Topshop, Karen Millen, Ghost and of course Boots as well as vintage shops like Rellik!

What must-have item should every woman have in her wardrobe?
A crisp white shirt in fine cotton, a pair of smart black trousers which you can dress up or dress down.

What do you think is the biggest fashion faux pas?
Ugg boots, but I realize that they are also an essential for winter days.  Crocs should remain safely on the beach!
Are you a beauty junkie, what can’t you live without?

Celia Birtwell Collection For Boots
Celia Birtwell Collection For Boots

Carmen rollers &  Shu Uemura facial cleanser.
Your floral prints are iconic, where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I look to nature & I also visit the V&A archives – they are truly amazing.
Most memorable moment in fashion…
I met the Queen Mother for tea whilst wearing my Mainbocher wraparound coat in the 70′s.
How difficult is it to design functional accessories and bags, instead of dresses, tops, and jumpers?
We will find out soon!!! 
When you pack beauty products for a trip, what do you like to take?
I never leave home without the Carmen rollers …..

If you could be transported back to any fashion era in time which period would you choose and why?
I would go back to the 1940′s because I believe that was the most stylish decade.

Celia Birtwell’s collection for Boots is available now in selected stores and online at www.boots.com

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