Fashion Stylist Q&A: Lizzy Gardner


Stylist and art director Lizzy Gardner is always looking for inspiration in beautiful or unusual images, that she then tries to develop into concepts that reflect the trends of the past and the present. Having gone from catwalk styling to editorial fashion shoots, Lizzy also brings her journalistic experience on board when it comes to offering advice on style. Something that definitely comes in handy when you need to tell women to be less impulse shoppers (we are all guilty and you know it)!

Fashion Stylist Q&A: Lizzy Gardner

How do you come up with concepts for photo shoots?
Ideas come to me all day, often when I’m doing the most mundane of tasks. I surround myself with things that inspire me, and collect images I find beautiful or unusual. Ideas need to be developed to turn them into concepts and in turn concepts and having an appreciation of both past and current fashion trends and genres is important.

What’s the biggest mistake women make when getting dressed?
I think it starts before they get dressed! The biggest mistake women make is impulse shopping (of which I am totally guilty of)… sometimes we need to stop and visualise the whole outfit before buying that totally on trend piece that will probably still be hanging in our wardrobes the following year with the tags still attached. And learning what suits you rather than following every trend.

Which strategy is best according to you: investing in some quality, yet expensive, staples or spending on cheaper items for a more diverse look?
This totally depends on the individual and their style. For me it’s a bit of both, having a few key, high quality pieces that have longevity and that can be updated with less expensive items. Blazers are my splurge staple – they go with just about everything.

What are the things that you look for when purchasing clothes and accessories?
I know what suits me, so it’s more of a case of me knowing what to avoid. I tend to buy whole outfits or items that will go with separates I already have. I like tailoring to be lined, otherwise it can look cheap. Accessories – I think you can never have enough!

If you could press a button and control everyone’s taste, what would you make people wear?
Why would I do that, the world would be a dull place! Although, I would like to press a button and stop people wearing ass showing denim cutoff shorts – get over it!

Define your style in a few words…
Feminine, emerging, balanced.

What’s your failsafe fashion piece this season?
The pencil skirt – worn edgy with a luxe tee and flats for the day, or dressed up with stilettos and a cami for the evening.

What’s your colour for this season and why?
Orange, it’s the new red!

How has your taste evolved over the years?
My style has evolved as I have learnt what suits me. Also having the confidence to push the boundaries, pairing things that ordinarily you wouldn’t think would go together, but somehow work. Fashion moves too fast to have regrets.

What’s the one thing that you are waiting patiently from a fashion designer to come up with?
I think we’re all waiting on the dress that will make us look like we’ve lost 7lbs. So maybe illusion dresses!

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Do you have a favourite designer and why?
Phoebe Philo for a number of reasons: her work ethic is something that resonates with my own (she is a self-proclaimed control-freak who is passionate about what she does). She single-handedly turned around the fortunes of the French fashion house, Celine. And the British designer’s clean, stripped back signature is oh so covetable.

Which city has the best fashion week and why?
London, of course. Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Unique, Mulberry, Manolo Blahnik, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford – need I say more?!

Which trend were you happy to see back on the catwalks for FW13?
Stilettos – I’m so over platform soles. To me, stilettos will always be the epitome of timeless style.

Who is the most stylish celebrity according to you right now?
Carine Roitfeld – it’s hard to look as effortlessly stylish as she does; it’s not something that can be taught. Her look is sexy but not in an overly obvious way, you just want to be in her gang!

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Haris Stavridis’ Autumn/Winter 13 Fashion Week Picks

Fashion Week - Guest Blogger Haris
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Name: Haris Stavridis


As our very own Fashion Week Correspondent here at Shopcade HQ, Haris (also former editor at Vogue and Glamour) will be informing you all on the latest trends to keep an eye out for next season. He’s the founder of Fashion We Like and editorial consultant for brands. Haris also loves soft sweaters and furry kittens.

His Autumn/Winter picks have already been selected but keep your eyes peeled for any updates from him as he’ll be stalking the streets and catwalks for the next must have styles.


What are your fave AW13 styles?

From the catwalks, I really like Celine’s simple and clean approach, and Givenchy’s rock/biker chic items. For men, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the designers at Valentino, are doing an amazing job. When it comes to street styles, I think A.P.C.’s fall collection for women has some cool designs, and COS as well as Uniqlo are unbeatable if you are looking for some nice, colourful basics. For example, the cashmere-blended sweaters by Uniqlo and the merino wool ones offer great, great value for money.


What’s your must have fashion item right now?

I really can’t have enough sneakers! I like New Balance, especially this pair, and old school Nike trainers. I also like the Fashionistas line of t-shirts designed by legendary Michael Roberts for ONETSHIRT.


Which designer are you most looking forward to seeing at LFW?

Definitely Tom Ford! I am also looking forward to Burberry Prorsum (loved listening to Tom Odell live at their previous show!), Mulberry, and Christopher Kane. I also like going to shows from designers like KTZ, because their presentations are crazy, fun, and full of energy. You just don’t know what to expect! London’s Fashion Week is a bit more experimental than let’s say Milan, but I think this might be changing soon.


Tom Ford on Shopcade
Tom Ford on Shopcade


Which colours will we be seeing you in this month?

Lots of grey and navy blue. Classic colours that blend in with everything and can be worn day and night.


Which celeb should we be keeping a close fashionable eye on for the next season?

The Olsen twins, as long as they don’t get skinnier! They are one of the few celebrities that actually understand fashion and have made a successful transition into a difficult creative field. Just ask Kanye how hard it is to become a respected designer!


What celeb do we need to ditch for the next season?

Is it all right if I say that I am tired of seeing the Kardashians? I wish them well, I’m just not interested in them.


What fail-safe item do you think every person should have in their closet?

Paying attention to accessories is important, as they can make or break a look. Nice shoes and bags, that don’t have to be ultra expensive, are key. It’s best if you avoid all the ‘it’ bags, especially if they are suffocating from the abundance of logos on them. This is not the 90’s anymore people!


Any fashion regrets?

Lots and lots! I could provide a list, but let’s just say that my biggest regret is buying items one or two sizes too big and then walking around thinking that I am cool. I cringe when I see old photos.


Check out Haris’ Autumn/Winter must haves for men and women below: