Renaissance woman Emerald does bestselling children’s books, movie starring, and is an all-round gorgeous lady. She also looks totally inspirational in a red jumpsuit and lipstick (both of which might have been bought immediately after seeing her). We met up to discuss the precise height a heel becomes a car-only option, as well as a mutual love of the one and only Dolly Parton.
If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?
A white, silk shirt. A Coco Fennell dress and a pair of Adidas Gazelles.
Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a
grown up? What was it?
When I was about 12 my mother let me borrow a pair black, velvet Patrick Cox shoes to wear to a party. I felt super swanky and grown up, although they were a bit big and I had to scrape along in them in quite an ungainly way, so the reality was probably less sophisticated than I imagined.
Do you have any major style faux pas?
Where to start? For the millenium I wore a glittery sequin boob tube with pleather trousers which I bought from Miss Selfridge with my saved-up pocket money. I was thirteen, with braces, and thought I looked like Gwen Stefani: the photographs tell a rather more damning tale. There was also a particularly tragic pair of multi-coloured,
striped, lace up flares, which I’m sorry to say had a matching baker-boy cap. The late-noughties were pretty much a write-off too, due to my fondness for shiny leggings which I wore with an array of aggressively unflattering smocks and made me look like a chicken.
Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
Anything that Dolly Parton wears. I adore her. A lot of fringing and rhinestones. I feel like I’m a cowgirl at heart. I’ve always had a hankering for a Barbara Cartland-style pink, marabou dressing gown.
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?
Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?
A Dolce and Gabbana black cocktail dress which has had many an outing and I always feel happy and comfortable in. If I won the lottery I think I would live in their clothes.
All images shot at the beautiful Chelsea Gardener.