Emilia Wickstead’s guide to living fashionably in London

The fashion designer reveals her favourite stylish finds in the city

Emilia Wickstead at home in London
Emilia Wickstead at home in London | Image: Trent McMinn

One of my real “finds” in London is De Winter, a wonderful home furnishing fabric shop in Kensington. I find patterns and prints very inspiring and in my house I have transferred my love of clothing fabrics to curtains. 223 Kensington Church Street, London W8 (020-7229 4949; dewinterltd.co.uk).

Scarlet & Violet puts together beautiful, subtle flower arrangements with an almost vintage feel
Scarlet & Violet puts together beautiful, subtle flower arrangements with an almost vintage feel

I love receiving flowers from the north London florists Scarlet & Violet – they do beautiful, subtle flowers with an almost vintage feel, put together so they look natural and casual, but you know each one has been meticulously placed. One of my favourite gifts was a fabulous bouquet of pale-green and white hydrangeas and roses. 76 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 (020-8969 9446; scarletandviolet.com).

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I’m very low maintenance, but there are times – like shows or photoshoots – when I need to look good and it’s great having two people I know well who will come to me. The people in London that I rely on are my hairstylist Snowden Hill and make-up artist Emma O’Byrne. Snowden learnt his craft from Guido Palau and does a lot of work for celebrities and other private clients. We all get on really well and enjoy working together. Emma O’Byrne (07949-838 599; emmaobyrne.com). Snowden Hill (07767-864 686).

Charlotte Olympia bag, £495
Charlotte Olympia bag, £495

Charlotte Olympia has a store in Mayfair where I bought a bag I love. It is wonderfully cute, with an almost sketch-like cat’s face and ears. It could be silly, but it’s actually elegant and it adds a light touch to the grandest dress. £495; 56 Maddox Street, London W1 (020-7499 0145; charlotteolympia.com).

Wickstead’s antique blue vases from Sunbury Antiques Market
Wickstead’s antique blue vases from Sunbury Antiques Market | Image: Trent McMinn

I often go just outside London to the antiques fair at Kempton Park racecourse, to look for items for our house. I love the pair of vivid royal-blue vases I bought from there. I don’t think they’re at all valuable, but I fell in love with their very idiosyncratic shape and narrow bases; they look almost like classical urns. Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 5AQ (01932-230 946; sunburyantiques.com).

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Sisley treatments and products are my favourite – I love everything about them – and I like giving the gift of a treatment at the Sisley Beauty Rooms in Liberty. I sent my assistants there for facials after they worked all hours to get a show collection completed on time; I wanted to reward them for their hard work, and for them to feel relaxed and happy afterwards. Regent Street, London W1 (020-7734 1234; libertylondon.com).

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