Model, writer, contributing editor to British Vogue, ambassador for both Chanel and the British Fashion Council, it’s safe to say that Laura Bailey is quite the expert when it comes to fashion.

Lucky for us, we managed to steal the blonde bombshell away from her busy schedule this week to guest edit our SS12 collections. The result? A true reflection of Laura’s inimitable British style: simple and sophisticated with a quirky vintage-looking twist.


Laura’s selection is available to shop online now, as well as in our 286 Regent Street space at our Oxford Circus London flagship. Time to get a little up, close and personal with the lady herself…

Hi Laura! How would you describe your trademark style?

I'm always attracted to the brave and the British: a high heel and a streak of eyeliner.

For a piece to be chosen as part of my EDIT

It simply needs to be something I LOVE and want to wear now.

My biggest influence right now is

I have many! Sixties starlets at Cannes, a sporty-chic beach vibe and the two Laurens, Bacall and Hutton! And Steve Hiett's 'Girls in the Grass' portraits, Sam Taylor-Wood's self-portraits and Tierney Gearon's photographs are just a few of my favourite visual inspirations.

My favourite vintage era is

The seventies, though I happily bounce between the forties and eighties too and occasionally all at once!

My earliest fashion memory is

May Day morning – seeing Oxford students in ball gowns on boats on the Cherwell as I biked to school in awe of their otherworldly glamour (along with the obligatory transforming of regulation school skirts into minis and competitive unpicking of the stripes on our ties with a compass…!) I also really loved my hockey strip and still feel inappropriately nostalgic for it when I'm buying shin pads and football studs for my son.

When I was growing up I wanted to dress like…

My step-sister and her friends who oozed a city glamour way beyond my village tomboy sensibility. When I first moved to London, anyone who looked vaguely like Debbie Harry edged  me towards the piercing parlour plus a too-long flirtation with neon and black – and bleach!

My all time favourite designers are

Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Bella Freud, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Sister by Sibling are my new style crush.

The wardrobe I’d most like to steal belongs to…

Amanda Harlech – for evening and Thandie Newton for everyday.

The one item of clothing I couldn’t live without…

A simple white vest to wear under everything in winter with my favourite cutoffs, an armful of bangles, over a bikini in the summer or just in bed.

My essential styling tips…

Something vintage in the mix, bare legs (even the palest) are nearly always the best option and I'm becoming dangerously attracted to REAL jewellery, especially by Solange Azagury-Partridge.

My top summer reads are…

'The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach, 'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick DeWitt and 'The Baroness' by Hannah Rothschild. Forever favourites are Jeanette Winterson, Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

This summer, I am most looking forward to…

A trip to St Tropez with family and friends.


Don't forget to check Topshop.com to see Laura's 'picks' for Edited!

And while you're waiting, here's a little musical inspiration courtesy of Miss Bailey's current playlist:

Nick Cave – Into My Arms

Stone Roses – Waterfall

Ryan Adams  – La Cienega Just Smiled

Bob Dylan – Just Like A Woman

Madonna – Like A Prayer

Sade – By Your Side

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne

Soul II Soul – Back To Life

Lily Allen – Smile

The Beloved – The Sun Rising

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

Blondie – Atomic

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Primal Scream – Cry Myself Blind

Karen Elson – Stolen Roses

Leona Naess – Calling

Kylie – Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Joni Mitchell – California

The Cure – Catch

Pulp – Pencil Skirt or Babies

Lana Del Ray – Video Games

Rolling Stones – Stray Cat Blues

Blur – Tender

Everything But The Girl – Missing

George Michael – Faith

Patti Smith – Because The Night

Milla Jovovich – Electric Sky

Gossip – Perfect World

Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna

Ladyhawke – Black White and Blue

Supergrass – Alright

B2K – Bump Bump Bump

Beyonce – Halo

Bowie – Let's Dance

Eminem – Stan

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse

Kitty,Daisy and Lewis – Baby Don't You Know

La Roux – In For The Kill

Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away

Mary J Blige – No More Drama

Nico – Chelsea Girls

Nirvana – Come As You Are

Pharrell Williams feat Gwen Stefani – Can I Have It Like That?

Lianne la Havas – Age

Secret Sisters – I've Got A Feeling

The Streets – Fit But You Know It