Meet Snapette super user and Los Angeles based designer Lucy! We discovered her style on social and loved her snaps on the app and couldn’t wait to get in touch to learn more about her love for fashion.
- Tell us about you!
I have been living and working in Los Angeles for about a year now, which has been such an incredible experience! After graduating in the UK studying fashion design, it’s been such a great year of growing in confidence in my abilities and generally evolving as a real designer. Also being able to get involved in other projects for fun has really broadened my horizons. Not to mention the fact I have been shopping non-stop since I stepped foot off the plane – my wardrobe has managed to double in size.
Thank you exchange rate.
- How did you first hear about the Snapette app and what do you like about it?
A friend of mine in New York was completely hooked on it and I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about. I am constantly out and about and always on my phone, so anything that I can do on the go is ideal. I don’t have time to properly sit down at a laptop and search through websites for the latest fashions. The Snapette app allows me to shop at any moment whenever I get the chance!
- Favorite designers and why?
I have a deep set shoe obsession, so obviously number one is Manolo Blahnik. His shoes are beautiful but his designs on paper, are works of art. Vivienne Westwood has always been a huge influence, not only for her amazing collections but also the life that she’s led. She taught herself, she created a movement, she is basically a complete renegade even to this day. But in terms of clothes alone I am really drawn to The Row. It’s such discreet luxury, neutral palette, clean lines, rich textures all of which epitomises my ideal style; effortless chic.
- 5 pieces currently on your wishlist?
As a designer I look for pieces that are well produced, good materials etc. So to update my upcoming fall wardrobe (hopefully LA gets cold enough..)
Number 1: Starting from the feet up (naturally) Senso is one of my favourite shoe brands. Hailing from Australia, the Whitney II Chalk Leopard Pony Shoe $209 is my current lust. I’m all about versatility, so I can throw things on in the morning and know whatever crops up later in the day I’m ready for. I love a good statement shoe as I wear a lot of neutrals.
Number 2: I’m obsessed with this LA based eco brand and I’m a sucker for a two-piece, Reformation’s new Jute 2 Piece $228 is bang on. Perfect for the evening paired with heels, but just as easily worn with ballet flats or sneakers during the day. It’s elegant, as there’s not too much skin but just enough on show to be fun and sexy. An added bonus as they say in their description – it’s technically two items. Aka two for one! Awesome – I’ll take one in every colour please.
Number 3: A lot of the basic tees I wear tend to go sheer after a few washes (you know the kind). To combat this so I’m not throwing them away, I need this Bat Your Lashes Bralette $121.00, by another of my favourite LA designers, For Love and Lemons. It is not only a solution to this issue, but a general underwear upgrade. Also the nude panels ensure the barely-there appearance is simply an illusion, in reality you’re perfectly covered.
Number 4: Every Christmas when I go home, I forget how cold it is and end up stealing my dad’s cashmere sweater, which is Marks and Spencers men’s Autograph Pure Cashmere Crew Jumper (£89). If I buy nothing else all winter I will buy at least one of these babies. Likely teamed with leather look jeans, boots and a camel coat, this is literally all I need in my wardrobe. The men’s fit gives that slouchy French look, plus no one will ever know it’s a ‘Dad jumper’!
Number 5: For someone who works in fashion I can be extremely lazy and often my prep for social events is rushed or non-existent. I need minimum input maximum output. So to step things up from the jeans and heels combo, I have my eye on these jazzy Topshop’s Premium Gunmetal Cigarette Trousers $110. I would probably team these with black stilettos and either a chunky knit or silk blouse. Job done.
- Why is fashion important to you? Primarily we all like to look and feel good! But on a more thoughtful level, few people dress the same their whole life and I love looking to fashion to see the evolution of yourself and others. Clothes can be a landmark of an event, they can be nostalgic, empowering, comfortable, restricting, the list is endless. It’s amazing we created a way of telling each other so much about ourselves without even talking. Just through our clothes. As a designer, it fascinates me.
- What are the biggest challenges and the biggest rewards of being a designer? Challenges day to day for me are just decision making. Sometimes I end up agonising over the colour of a button for hours! I’ve learnt you just have to have confidence in your conviction and go with it. The reward is of course seeing someone wearing a piece of clothing you were part of making. I find it surreal to think of the journey that one piece of clothing takes from a sketch to being on a real life person!