Lucinda Chambers, Fashion Director at British Vogue is someone I have always admired; not only is she an inspiring style icon (her ability to mix and match prints has always fascinated me) but she has created some of Vogue’s most memorable photo shoots and covers during her time at the magazine. I was so pleased to be able to hear from her again at #VogueFest during the ‘My Fashion Life’ session on the Friday morning.
I was of course lucky enough to meet Lucinda last year when I was doing Winchester Fashion Week and interview her about her position at Vogue and experiences in fashion; but at Vogue Festival she revealed even more fascinating stories and so I thought I’d share the best bits…
What I love about Lucinda is she likes to make it clear she never intended to end up in fashion. She was always interested in clothes but never fashion and being an ‘underachiever’ at school she said all she wanted was “to be a secretary and get married.” Little did she know the potential she had!!
She ended up getting interested in fashion as Lucinda and her mother decided they were both going to apply for art college. They both created a rough art portfolio for the interview process; apparently they involved a lot of pasta shapes and wool!!! They must have been some very unique and inspired pasta/wool creations as she got into the art college, and whilst fashion was frowned upon she began making jewellry in the plastic workshops. Lucinda would sell these to friends and as she got more and more into it one day Lucinda’s earrings ended up appearing in a magazine! This was the first moment that she suddenly had an interest in fashion magazines and their power.
My favourite story of Lucinda’s is how she got into Vogue magazine. ”Smoking got me my first job,” she said…
“At the time when I joined Condé Nast as an assistant, all the office was partitioned. One day, my boss left for lunch and I quickly lit myself a cigarette. She forgot something and came back, so I threw my cigarette over the partition and it landed on the desk of the assistant to the then-editor of Vogue - Beatrix Miller. Luckily, she was a smoker too and she got me an interview at Vogue.”
Wow oh wow!! How did she get away with that?! She really came across as quite cheeky, and obviously isn’t afraid of hard work or a challenge. Working on shoots she said “I want all the people I work with to think that they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else that day. Celebrities are often nervous, bored, not in their comfort zone so they can be the most challenging.”
And you know you’re a good fashion stylist when a US train driver steals your luggage containing hundreds of thousands of pounds-worth of couture and you still manage to pull off a Vogue cover debut for the gorgeous Emma Watson!! What a star Lucinda is. How did she do it??? I hear you cry!! Well…
“So the shoot started with me finding a pair of sunglasses in my bag – picture one -and Emma wearing the assistant’s hat – picture two. All the while I had her assistant there saying: “Emma’s been waiting for this moment for 10 years, you’re losing her here.”
More #VogueFest posts to come of course…there is just SO much to tell you all! I’m afraid they will be broken up over the next few weeks though as I have so many things going on, working on a massive uni project, interning on a new fashion TV show, trying to organise photo shoots, visiting garden centres, WFW 2012 meetings….the list is endless! So don’t forget to subscribe to http://www.vikkilondon.com to hear the latest as soon as it’s posted!! Have a great evening!! x