You always read about eccentric designers (did anyone see the photo of Karl on the fishing boat this week!?), but Amanda Wakeleywas friendly, easy to talk to, and completely down to earth, even though she has an OBE and a design empire.
She then talked us through her latest collection: jewel toned silk cocktail dresses, beautifully structured leather jackets and sequin-embellished kaftans. My personal favorite thing about Amanda Wakeley’s clothes is that she understands a woman’s body. All of her dresses have built in corsetry (no bra/panties needed – it’s all built in) and all of them are incredibly forgiving. When you put on an Amanda Wakeley dress you’re not worried about how your thighs look, or if your stomach is poking out, the only thing you can think about is how many dresses you can buy before you max out your credit card!
Amanda Wakeley’s flagship is located at 175-177 Fulham Road, SW3 6JW.