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How would you describe your style?
I’m not an eccentric dresser. I look at other people and think, ‘wow – that’s different!’ But I’m very happy with what I’ve got. I follow fashion and I’m not ashamed to say it - I think I’ve got a very healthy interest in it! My style has become more feminine since having the children. I decided that I didn’t want to be mumsy and follow the norm; I definitely wasn’t going to wear a pinafore dress or anything like that. I wanted to wear jeans, boots and combat trousers.
How has motherhood changed your style?
Jac’s ten now and Gweni’s four. I was a very young mother, so I wanted to define and be myself. I think, when you have children you can forget who you are and I feel clothes and fashion was a way for me to concentrate on myself and find my own style. I guess it was a form of escapism to some extent.
This skirt is very different. Where did it come from?
I bought this for a wedding party and the light reflects beautifully on the sequins. Gweni loves playing with it and touching it. I went to the ballet one night, I don’t think people dress up to go to the theatre anymore, but that night everyone was dressed up and I felt like a princess wearing this.
Do you enjoy going shopping?
I love shopping – ‘unfortunately’ my husband would say. I like going shopping without the children so that I can have some peace. Just my Topshop card and me! If I see something I like I just can’t say no!
Have you always been interested in fashion?
I was a 70s baby, so of course I had short hair. I don’t think mum and dad wanted a little boy, but that’s how I looked sometimes. I used to wear those jeans with patches on them, but I was always quite fussy with what I wore. In the 70s everyone had a party dress and I had to have a pretty little dress to wear. I remember my father taking me to Howells in Cardiff and he made six of the women that worked there hold up a dress so that I could chose which one was my favourite like I was Paris Hilton or someone! I fell in love with the fashion world. When I was 15 I never read magazines like Just 17, I always had Vogue. I wanted to escape to that world. The photography and aesthetics were so beautiful and I used to lose myself in the fashion world for hours. When Dad used to go to Cannes, I remember telling him once that I didn’t want a present; I just wanted him to go to the Chanel boutique and bring back a catalogue!
This dress is amazing!
One of my friends was moving to Hong Kong and decided that she would have a Chinese themed leaving party. I looked everywhere for a dress and I finally found one that I was happy with after a long day of trawling through the shops in town. It fitted like a glove at the time and I wore it to the party. I was the only one there that was dressed in anything Chinese. Even my friend wore a camisole, and I said ‘that’s not Chinese’ and she answered, ‘it’s made in Hong Kong!’
Why did you choose this style for your wedding dress?
I wanted a dress that was made especially for me. So, it was a case of looking through wedding magazines for months, and then Dad’s friend, who made clothes for television made this for me. I’m so happy with it and it didn’t cost much either, especially considering how much some of my friends have spent on their wedding dresses. Mine cost a lot less. I wanted something classic and something I could hand down to Gweni.
Where did you get this Louis Vuitton bag?
When we went to Paris I was determined to go to this shop. My plan was to stop on the St Germain and buy a bottle of wine and slowly get Hywel drunk so that I could drag him around the shops and he wouldn’t notice how much I was spending! Fair play to him, he said ‘go on, go in’ and he bought me this and I didn’t even have to get him drunk.
Do you like shopping in Paris?
Sometimes I think it’s like my spiritual home. I can’t speak any French though, so I’m a bit of a dead-loss in that sense and have to rely completely on Hywel. I just love relaxing in the cafés people watching, the place is just amazing. You can watch the world go buy – there’s nothing like it.
How do you feel when you think about clothes?
It just makes me happy. I spend a lot of money on clothes, but doesn’t every girl? And every husband will always complain! But yes, it makes me very happy when I get what I want and when it comes to birthdays or Christmas and I have vouchers to go shopping – it always brings a smile to my face.
- CWPWRDD DILLAD