Pippa Vosper is the effervescent fashion stylist, Instagram lover, brand consultant and fashion week favourite. When she's not jetting off to fabulous locations as part of her freelance work, she's immersed in the fashion world, meeting fashionistas, wearing spectacular high heels and styling her favourite designer denim pieces. In the midst of a manic SS15 Fashion Week, we caught up with the glamorous and charismatic stylist to find out everything from her career history to her plans for the future.
DONNA IDA: How did you get started in the fashion world?
Pippa Vosper: I was working in the creative side of advertising for two years when I realised the ad industry wasn't for me. Following an introduction, I found myself working as PA to Claudia Schiffer and after a year of being exposed to shows, shoots and couture, I left to work as a freelance stylist.
DONNA IDA: Tell us about your career history
Pippa Vosper: Advertising, PA to a supermodel and then stylist before now concentrating on fashion and lifestyle brand consultancy. I moved to New York shortly after beginning my career as a fashion stylist; 12 years ago the industry was far more open than it is now, things took off very quickly for me over there and I was styling for Interview magazine within a month of arriving in the city. During my career to date I've styled five supermodel covers for i-D, was fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and have styled shoots for titles including American Vogue, W and Rolling Stone. Writing has been another side of my career, I used to write music reviews for Italian Vogue and have recently had work published in various fashion publications.
DONNA IDA: Tell us about Fashion Week; what are your show highlights, what are you looking forward to and what are your survival tips?
Pippa Vosper: I returned from an intense fashion week in New York, and then I took it quite easy in London, just attending the shows I wouldn't miss for the world; Tom Ford, Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou. My survival tips would be lots of sleep, my Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil and a short meditation each morning to calm your mind - it's an extremely busy week and can be quite overwhelming if you're even slightly exhausted.
DONNA IDA: What are your wardrobe essentials and how do you wear your jeans?
Pippa Vosper: Shoes, shoes, shoes and a perfect jacket to go with everything. London is far more relaxed than all the other fashion weeks, so for me it's having a vast number of incredible shoes available to pair with jeans. Anyone who follows my Instagram knows that I live in white jeans (I have nine pairs and favour my Frame Denim) so any pair of white jeans with amazing heels works for me. I've been fortunate enough to be sent the most beautiful shoes I've ever seen from Ohne Titel, they were in their New York show last week and I've returned to London with two pairs, so they will certainly be making an appearance in the coming months.
DONNA IDA: Who is your fashion icon?
Pippa Vosper: Inez van Lamsweerde. Inez has this way of carrying herself and wearing clothes to suit her, she doesn't dress for anyone but herself. I admire everything about this woman.
DONNA IDA: Where in the world are girls best dressed? What kind of style do you admire?
The French! The girls in Paris (and wherever else the French girls find themselves in the world) have this way of throwing clothes on to make chic style look effortless. I admire an easy, relaxed style that is still very put together in a way that feels as though they haven't given a thought to what they're wearing.
DONNA IDA: As a brand consultant which brand would you most like to work with?
Pippa Vosper: Right now I have an idea that would work perfectly in collaboration with Jimmy Choo. I love Sandra Choi (she made my custom wedding shoes, the most beautiful shoes I have ever owned), she's a genius.
DONNA IDA: As a fashion stylist, what should we be wearing for AW14?
Pippa Vosper: Oversized everything - long knits, cocooning coats, loose trousers and relaxed denim shapes. Sports luxe is not disappearing anytime soon either with Dior, Chanel and Jimmy Choo offering the most exquisite trainers in years. It's going to be a comfy season!
DONNA IDA: What five items in your wardrobe are your must-have/special pieces?
Pippa Vosper: It's the classics; an Alaia dress, Chanel little black jacket, Tom Ford cropped leather biker jacket, white jeans and any of my classic cashmere sweaters.
DONNA IDA: Describe your style highs and lows?
Pippa Vosper: My style highs have been any occasion when I've attended events and have worn looks by Tom Ford, Alessandra Rich, Emilia Wickstead or Vilshenko. I love everything these designers create and feel incredible when I wear their pieces. Style lows were definitely when I was thinking too much about what I was wearing and over complicating looks.
DONNA IDA: What’s your favourite restaurant?
Pippa Vosper: In London it would have to be The Wolseley; from a morning work breakfast to meeting friends for lunch or dining with my husband in the evening. I love the old world feeling and the exquisite David Collins designed interior.
DONNA IDA: Where’s your ultimate holiday destination?
Pippa Vosper: Japan. My husband and I have been there every year since we met and are heading back for a second time this year in November. I love the intensity of Tokyo, but travelling to Kyoto and the Hakone Ginyu Ryokan are when I truly fall in love with the country. There's so much history, beauty and contrast.
DONNA IDA: What is your favourite fashion magazine?
Pippa Vosper: American Vogue, no question. I love the production, the energy and the smart features.
DONNA IDA: What do you do to keep fit?
Pippa Vosper: I teach an intense spin class three times a week, it's all I really need to do as the class is so focused on working every part of the body. Without my class I feel less energized.
DONNA IDA: What advice would you give to a younger you?
Pippa Vosper: Worry less about people's opinions of you and focus more on where you're heading! Too much time is spent concerned about what others think and what they are doing. Comparisons are a waste of energy. Focus on your strengths and keep moving forward!
DONNA IDA: What’s next?
Pippa Vosper: With a Swedish husband and myself being half Danish, I'm opening my Scandinavian design store in Spring 2015. We bought our new house with the store attached, so will be focusing on giving Scandinavian designers exposure through my store, with a wider audience through my Instagram as I'll be creating awareness of the designers within my posts. I'm not leaving my non-scandinavian clients or future clients that I consult for, I can work with both, but the store will just be for Scandinavian designers. An extremely exciting time.
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