I have a hand issue. I just don’t have the time to spend on my hands before I go out. I could be wearing an amazing dress, have immaculate hair and makeup and… chipped black nails, often covered in ink (I do a bit of art in the day). I have to give my hands a good scrub before I go out.
I love the process of getting ready. I am a really girly-girl, so I love having my friends over; we will do each other’s makeup, play some of our favourite old school tunes and drink some red wine or champagne to get us going. You have to surround yourself with people who make you happy when you’re going out. When I was younger, it was quite intense going to these events where it felt like I was in a room full of people I didn’t really know. Over the years I’ve learned to go with people I get good energy from, because a lot of people can zap you.
Even if I’ve been sent something to wear a week earlier, I don’t really like to try it on until the night because my mood changes. I have a lot of friends who work in fashion, such as Giles Deacon and Pam Hogg, and it’s a real honour to wear their stuff, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.
I like to make sure I add my stamp to everything I wear. I feel more confident that way. So if I’m wearing a beautiful dress, I’ll add a chunky heel or a punk lip or crazy hair (it’s blue and green at the moment). Then I think to myself, “Yeah, this isn’t how everybody would wear it. This is how I would wear it.” It might not be up everyone’s street but I don’t care. I don’t let the dress wear me, I wear the dress and that’s how I feel good.