How long have you been connected to London and how has the city changed in that time?
I moved to London to study for my Masters degree at Central Saint Martins, and stayed. London is full of creativity and amazing institutions – the arts make London great.
Tell us about your work.
I am editor of Showstudio.com, Nick Knight’s fashion platform, and I work closely with Nick to manage the editorial direction, commissioning new films, series and essays. I write as well as conduct most of our acclaimed live interviews. I also freelance and I am working on my first book, which focuses on creative relationships, to be published by Rizzoli in autumn 2016.
How do your office and home neighbourhoods compare?
I live just behind King’s Cross in north London and work in Knightsbridge, so the two areas couldn’t be more different. Where I live used to be really scruffy, but it is being rejuvenated. I like places with spirit and history. There are some great parks, and pubs such as The Charles Lamb on Elia Street and The Lord Stanley on Camden Road. Knightsbridge has a totally different feel – it’s a good place for window-shopping.
How would you describe your style?
Despite my love for fashion, I’m a tomboy at heart. I’m rarely out of jeans and sneakers. I do have a penchant for Comme des Garçons, Acne, Marni and Issey Miyake. I also love jewellery, and Shaun Leane is dear to me.
Which items and brands do you have most of in your wardrobe?
I own an obscene number of Adidas trainers – Superstar and Gazelle are my go-to styles. I also have a lot of spiky gold earrings, loads of big clutch bags for day, hundreds of black shirts and sweaters, and heaps of Marques Almeida ripped denim.
What are your beauty essentials?
I’m embarrassingly low maintenance. I wear dark-red lipstick as it means you can be a bit lazy and leave your face bare. I like Mac’s Diva shade and Bette by Nars. For skin, I use Egyptian Magic and for brows, a Nars gel. I wear men’s scents; at the moment it’s Valentino Uomo.
Which eateries and restaurants do you adore the most?
I love eating out in Soho and L’Escargot on Greek Street is a favourite. My all-time top restaurant is Le Mercury on Upper Street in Islington. It’s so well priced and cheerful – a great place to have fun with friends.
Who are your London style pin-ups?
Jarvis Cocker during his Central Saint Martins years, for the colour combinations.
Which shops, streets and boutiques are thrilling you now in London?
Mount Street is great for high fashion, and I love that some brilliant British brands, such as Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic, have opened their first stores there. Lassco in Vauxhall is brilliant for furniture and has a lovely restaurant. Machine-A in Soho has young designers and cool underground brands such as Gosha Rubchinskiy. My ultimate shopping secret is Egg on Kinnerton Street, near Hyde Park Corner; it has the most beautiful clothes and a calming atmosphere.
Which is your favourite view, and at what time of day?
I love looking out at the city lights when I’m travelling home at night in a taxi. There’s something about staring out at all those millions of bulbs that makes you feel very insignificant but very alive.
Tell us about your top walk in the city.
Along the canal from Islington to Victoria Park: the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.
Which cultural centres shouldn’t be missed?
The Victoria and Albert Museum – there’s always something to discover. The Photographers’ Gallery. Claire de Rouen Books in Soho and Donlon Books on Broadway Market in Hackney.
After dark you like to …
Dance. Richard Mortimer of Ponystep and Boombox fame always throws a good night. Occasionally you’ll find me in the DJ booth.
Which is the best day trip outside the city?
The Eurostar is brilliant and we Londoners are very lucky to be able to hop across the Channel, have lunch at Brasserie Lipp in Paris, and then be back in Britain for dinner.
Which London fashion houses and brands make you weak at the knees?
London Fashion Week is going from strength to strength, and so many young designers have set up thriving businesses that have a global audience: Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha and Thomas Tait are particularly brilliant. Look out for Craig Green, a menswear designer from Central Saint Martins, who’s already being hailed as a great talent for his modern, effortless and beautifully raw clothes.