In conversation with stylist Laura Fantacci
Have you ever wanted to sneak a glimpse inside a stylist's wardrobe? In her blog, Wearing It Today, Laura Fantacci has opened up her effortlessly stylish doors. Laura has been a devoted Chinti fan for many a year, and in her blog she shares her fashion finds, style tips and everyday outfit inspirations that are often the eureka answers for many a ‘what to wear?!’ crisis.
How did you get started in the fashion industry?
I always knew I wanted to work in fashion and did a course in fashion design, but I quickly realised it wasn’t my path. My first job in fashion was laying out chairs in the show space at London Fashion Week. It was there that I discovered my job even existed and instantly I knew I wanted to be an editor. It was a time before “The Devil wears Prada”, and the current hype behind fashion editors, bloggers and street style. The only way in to the industry was through work experience so I wrote in to all the magazines and YOU magazine was my first placement. I went onto Vogue next and was lucky enough to assist Isabella Blow at Tatler after that. From there, I did a couple more internships and then got my first editor role at a new startup, Happy magazine.
Could you tell us a bit about your blog, Wear it Today and what inspires it?
In early 2010, I had been working for magazines for almost ten years and I had an urge to start something that was just mine. It was around the same time 'The Sartorialist' and other street style blogs and bloggers became more popular. At the time, I thought the industry was lacking realistic, affordable, everyday outfit inspiration from an industry insider. I wanted to create a blog that simply gave 'fashion inspiration from inside a fashion editor's wardrobe'. To this day, it is pretty much still what I do: providing bite size chunks of fashion inspiration and shopping ideas that are much easier to digest than pages of fashion spreads in a magazine.
What does a typical working day look like for you and how does your style reflect this?
I recently resigned from my role as Fashion and Shopping Editor at Red to devote myself entirely to Wearing it Today and a new project set to launch in the Summer, so my typical working day is about to change entirely. However, no matter what day of the week I always get dressed up in the morning – I like to make a sense of occasion with everything! I wear sequins in the day mixed in with a slouchy boyfriend cashmere sweater, or a simple cotton tee with statement skirt. High and low, day and night mixed together are my staples.
Do you have any particular wardrobe saviours you gravitate to when pushed for time or in need of a feel-good lift?
I’m a huge fan of lightweight knits. Living in the UK you can pretty much wear them all year long and they are a much smarter version of a tee that you can wear with everything, am to pm.
Whose style do you most admire?
Jenna Lyons (of J.Crew) is always an inspiration for her unexpected way of mixing items in her outfits. Holli Rogers (fashion director at Net-a-Porter), Leandra Medine (fashion blogger) and Lauren Santo Domingo (contributing editor at US Vogue) are always effortlessly stylish.
Okay, it’s time to share… what’s the worst crime against style you’ve ever committed?
I think if it’s anything before you are 25 it doesn’t count! Up to my mid-twenties I was still experimenting with my style and only found my groove closer to my thirties. I would have to say a wide diamanté choker… Not exactly the relaxed, unfussy look I go for today.
What qualities do you love most about Chinti and Parker?
Being a sweater, and especially a cashmere, devotee, I adore the selection they provide from staples to something a little bit special. I also love their clever way of incorporating print in an understated way: three years on, I still live in my star print cashmere crewneck jumper.
Your top spring summer 2014 Chinti buys?
From Left to right:
- A navy jumper with a little bit of Chinti spark, such as the Love Sweater
- A fun stripe tee (to clash with floral prints or wear with denim at the weekend) Heart Pocket Stripe Tee
- A fine knit tee (a 'go with anything' grey) like the Long Sleeve T