Head "creative" of Fashion Capital, Jemima Compton, sheds a bit of light on her "Fashion Life" to date…
People working in fashion always seem to have “just fallen into it”! Was it always your intention to work in the industry?
Nope, I’m still not sure what I want to do long term but it’ll have to be something creative. I had the right contacts at the right time and have worked with our director Jenny Holloway many times. My father is a photographer and so I modelled through him as a child and photographed my first London Fashion week as his assistant aged 15!
What is your official position at Fashion Capital?
My job title is ‘creative’, that’s probably the best way to describe me and how I work, I deal with many different aspects of Fashion Capital including journalism, beauty, trends, graphic design, PR, photography and all the boring bits too.
What’s the best perk of the job?
The people and opportunities. My long term ambition was to photograph a Vivienne Westwood catwalk and I was able to do that in September at London Fashion Week. I also get on so well with everyone I work with! Another perk is the after show parties…
What is the hardest part about your job?
There’s always so much to do, so much I want to do and so little time! The economic crisis isn’t helping!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Famous and utterly fabulous. Preferably living in a penthouse in Paris, I will be lying on a Chez Lounge while my butler delivers me my most recent Chanel freebies and my shoe collection will be un-real.
Who is your fashion icon and why?
I don’t really have one, Vivienne Westwood was a hero for a while, after seeing her exhibition in the V&A at a young age. Now I think its more local, I have a few friends who always look effortlessly stylish and they impress me.
Who is your favourite designer and which high street shop do you love?
I am in love with ‘Matt & Nat’ bags, made from vegan leather.
I like window shopping on ASOS but when it comes down to what I need I’m a Primark addict. Charity shops and TK maxx are great for a rummage.
Tell us about your best bargain buy?
Well for Christmas my mum found me a Westwood ‘Save the Queen’ top in a charity shop for £5! I have a ridiculous (growing) collection of shoes and one pair are my favourite! They cost me only £12 from Primark, they have hidden platforms and are lace up and look amazing. I have never seen a pair the same or better and I wear them pretty much every time I go out.
Which trend will you be adopting for Spring/Summer 09 and what will you avoid like the plague?
I’ll avoid: nu-rave, Ugg boots and bold patterns. On the catwalks in September it was shaping up to be a maxi dress filled summer, covered in too much pattern. I’m not a fan of large floral prints so I will be avoiding that. The nautical fashion look seems to be making another appearance and I feel I will lean more towards that. I love the massive accessories on the catwalks, I would love to have a sunhat that is wider than I am tall! I think I want to avoid anything too conventional really!
Finally, is it true that “fashion folk” don’t eat! What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I downed a cup of lukewarm tea… I hate breakfast! In certain places I can imagine women feel the pressure to be thin within the fashion industry, I don’t see that. When I feel the need to cut down it’ll be because of my own feelings about image and no one else’s!