Tamara Beckwith co-founder of The Little Black Gallery, business woman and TV personality talks to us about this season's style, her love of photography and of course the question Team High or Team Low.
Donna Ida: What keys pieces will you be wearing for SS15?
Tamara: I haven’t quite got my head around summer yet – it’s been so cold and dreary for so long! I adore the distressed skinny leg jean with a slouchy tee and also the more 70’s kick flare. This is a look I have always loved, especially for the summer.
Donna Ida: For the shoot you picked the hero denim piece of the season – the flare. Is this a new style for you or have you always been a fan?
Tamara: I have genuinely always been a flare kind of girl. Having lived in LA for a long time made me feel they were never particularly out of fashion. Think Kate Hudson in Almost Famous. Tamara wears Joie Nuala Blouse and Frame Le High Flare
Donna Ida: Are you Team High (high waist) or Team Low (low waist) when it comes to your jeans?
Tamara: I like both, it depends on what sort of top I want to wear with them. Occasionally the top with a pair of low waist jeans looks absolutely screamingly wrong! I think a short box jacket with a pair of high-waist jeans looks chic and also gives you a super extended leg!
Donna Ida: As the fashion weeks are wrapping up and we have seen the key trends for AW15; which pieces are already on your wish list?
Tamara: Since having my latest baby, fashion has most certainly taken a back seat. I adored the Valentino look, and like my girlfriend Tamara Mellon’s new brand - she believes in ‘Buy Now Wear Now’. Her Halston inspired jumpsuits will certainly be coming to my wardrobe… The Dolce & Gabbana flamenco/matador look is also one of my favourites.
Donna Ida: You have a lot of history working for the media, presenting, writing, acting etc... What made you want to open up The Little Black Gallery?
Tamara: The Little Black Gallery was set up in homage to the late great Bob Carlos Clarke - a friend and one of Britain’s best photographers. My patient business partner, Ghislain Pascal, was my agent as well as Bob’s, so we do understand each other pretty well.
Donna Ida: You’re known for being a collector in photography, where did this interest come from?
Tamara: I have collected photography since I was 17 or 18 and still love it. I never tire of looking at a picture. My own home is like a mini gallery and I often have friends want to buy from my own collection.
Donna Ida: If you could exhibit anyone’s work whose would it be?
Tamara: I adore Guy Bourdin, Ellen Von Unwerth and Irving Penn. For me it’s always the image rather than the actual photographer. Our own star photographer Anja Niemi has caused my own bank balance to dip considerably!
Donna Ida: What is coming up in the future at The Little Black Gallery?
Tamara: We are super excited to have our 3rd show with Vee Speers and her new series ‘Bulletproof’, and taking part in the first ‘Photo London’ in May at Somerset House. It is brilliant that London is becoming increasingly pro-active in pushing the photography world and its relevance to the Art world.
Donna Ida: Music seems to be very important in your gallery to complement the photographers work – how do you decide which music works best for each artist?
Tamara: I am sadly not admired for my musical tastes… I love an eclectic cross section of folk, country, Elvis, Rock n roll, acoustic, Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Kacey Musgraves the list goes on and on…Ghislain is however in charge of our playlists! Probably a safer bet!
Donna Ida: And finally... are there any London hidden gems you can tell us about?
Tamara: There are luckily so many…I love Gorgeous (Notting Hill) for my little girl Violet’s clothes and Rachel Riley for my new little boy’s more old fashioned looks. Finns on Chelsea Green for delicious homemade food to go; obviously Donna Ida for jeans; Guinevere for inspiration for our home; Lamberty on Pimlico Green for my wishlists; Daylesford Organic for the best breakfast in Chelsea, and Henry Root next to the gallery for relaxed bistro-style lunches.
The Little Black Gallery is at 13A Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ.