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Kirsty Welsh: My Fashion Week

Global Blue’s online editor Kirsty Welsh boasts a handbag collection as large as the list of publications she has written for. She reveals her Fashion Week favourites

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Kirsty Welsh, Online Editor

Kirsty Welsh, Online Editor

Where do you live?
In Surrey, just a short drive from Windsor.

What are your impressions of London?
London is a dynamic, creative city and it has so much history, especially with the Queen’s Jubilee coming up in June. This will be a very celebratory time for the British public, who will undoubtedly be throwing a number of street parties.

Which show are you looking forward to the most this season and why?
I always look forward to Burberry Prorsum. The venue is breathtaking – a giant translucent tent in the middle of Hyde Park that really does make you feel like a VIP for the day with all the A-list celebs in the audience and paparazzi snapping everyone walking out of the show. It’s exciting to see how Christopher Bailey reinvents the trench each season. My favourite so far has to be the version with studded arms seen at the spring/summer 2011 show.

Which has been the best show space?
Maria Grachvogel at the Savoy hotel – very old-school glamour.

What are your London Fashion Week must-haves?
An iPhone for snapping at shows, business cards to hand to people we photograph for our street style pages, Ray-Ban Wayfarers to hide tiredness and my trusty Whistles biker jacket.

What are your tips for surviving Fashion Week?Lots of Starbucks and sugary treats for energy – I always have a bag of Haribo sweets with me.

What’s your top stop for food during Fashion Week?
Leon; you can't beat the healthy fast-food lunch boxes.

And your favourite place for a post-show cocktail?
I love the Soho Hotel. It has delicious cocktails and always a great atmosphere, plus it is great for peoplewatching – you always spot a celeb or two.

What are your Fashion Week wardrobe staples?
Topshop black wax coated skinny jeans, an oversized blouse, APC ankle boots and a Louis Vuitton Sprouse print scarf – oh, and not forgetting Chanel’s latest nail shade! This season my shade of choice is May, a pastel pink that will update your look without breaking the bank.

Which is the most treasured piece in your wardrobe and what’s the story behind it?
It has to be my Chanel 2.55. I was given it for my 21st birthday and it goes with absolutely everything. It really glams up any outfit – a real investment piece that never dates.

What was your most recent luxury purchase?
My Jimmy Choo black ankle biker boots; they are so comfy, yet look good too! I don't know how I lived without them. I have the knee-high version on my shopping list for winter 2012.

Which is your favourite city for shopping?
New York. I love the atmosphere and vibe, the people and all the one-off boutiques – and the fact that you can get a manicure for $10.

What do you most like about London style?
It is so experimental with fashion and not scared to try new trends. I like the way people mix designer with high street.

Which is the most fashionable part of London?
East London. Everyone is so trendy without knowing it and not pretentious in the slightest.

Which are your favourite London boutiques?
Matches on Marylebone High Street, they stock all the best designers. The buyers really know what to select each season and you can sit back and relax with a glass of champers while you shop. Dover Street Market is six floors of fashion heaven, stocking an amazing selection of labels from Comme des Garçons and Lanvin to Azzedine Alaïa. I always stop by the Rose bakery for a slice of carrot cake after lusting over handbags that I know I can’t afford.

Who is your style icon?
Kate Bosworth. I like her Californian laid-back style and  the way she is always chic but doesn’t look as though she is trying too hard.

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