I am a Wanderette. If you like unadulterated glamour, the spirit of Studio 54, lipstick over lipgloss, and dream of living in a lush shag-piled art-filled duplex with red floral walls like the one Diana Vreeland had, you’re probably one too and just didn’t know it. Do you think women need to wear more turbans? Are you fed up of those Legoland shoes we’ve had forced upon us over the last number of years? Do you wear a shade of fuchsia unseen since the heady days of Christian Lacroix? Or primary colored taffeta frills that recall Yves Saint Laurent’s opulent catwalks? (Hedi’s Californian boardwalk urchins would have nowhere to go in clothes like that.)
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, read on, you enchanting glamour puss. The spirit of Bianca Jagger, Tina Chow, Paloma Picasso, Jerry hall and Grace Jones is alive and well and beats within your stylish breast.
Wanderettes are devotees of The Wandering Collective, a Barcelona/Milan-based trio of ready-to-wear, shoe and jewellery designers. One of the founders, David Wyatt, is a friend from my Milan days. Kick off your sapphire-hued satin stilettos and run a red lacquered talon down this list of resume names: Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Kenzo, Giorgio Armani–he can also boast of having worked in all four major fashion capitals. A modern day English dandy with a booming laugh and saucy sense of humor, he designs the clothes, sharing billing with Valentina Brugnatelli who creates the exquisite jewellery, and Gianluca Soldi the traffic-stopping shoes.
Their name encapsulates for me the nomadic life of an international designer blown along by the constant quest for new opportunities to express creativity.
Here are outtakes from their upcoming lookbook as well as mood boards and gorgeous stand outs from previous collections. You can catch it all at http://thewanderingcollective.com
So pick up your clutch, slide your stockinged feet back into those heels and let’s collectively wander down to Indochine for a cocktail. There’ll surely be a photographer or artist there who needs captivating… Thought I’d end with this cute drawing that David did of me when we were working together in Milan that hangs in my apartment. He obviously caught me on one of my less glamourous days!My novel set in the international fashion industry is now available. You can buy Silk for the Feed Dogs here.