WE CAUGHT UP WITH CLOTHES SHOW PRESENTER AND STYLE-EXPERT LOUISE ROE PRIOR TO THE CLOTHES SHOW LONDON. HERE SHE TELLS US ALL ABOUT HER FIRST INTERNSHIP AT A FASHION MAGAZINE, HER OBSESSION WITH SHOES AND HER FAVOURITE NEW UP AND COMING DESIGNER.
You are presenting at Clothes Show London this weekend, what are your highlights from previous shows?
The show itself on the main stage – the models and dancer’s work their butts off and it’s always such an energetic spectacle…I race around after introducing it and watch from the wings. The shopping – last December I picked up a gorgeous purple lace mini-dress, and the friendships you end up making with everyone working there…Erin O’Connor and I have seen each other lots since.
This is the first Clothes Show in London. How will it differ to Clothes Show Live Birmingham?
I think it’ll be bigger, slicker, louder – I can’t wait to see! How long have you been presenting and what was your first role as a presenter? Funnily enough, it was by accident. I was working at a magazine and my editor was too nervous to go on BBC Breakfast for an item. She asked me to do it, I loved the experience and got a call that day from a producer about another show. That was about 2 years ago. What sparkled your love for fashion and was there any fashion-related event that made you realise ‘Wow, this is what I want to do!’? I came in through the desire to write features, not so much fashion, – my dad is a journalist and opened my eyes to the fun you can have working at magazines. Then, at my first ever internship, at Elle, I got hypnotised by the fashion cupboard and was allowed to borrow a dress for Alice Temperley’s annual summer party down at her farm in Somerset. Glamorous, bohemian, chic – that was it, I was sold!
How do you prepare yourself for an event like the The Clothes Show and how do you decide on your event outfits?
I look at my shoes first – that’s how I plan all my outfits as they’re my favourite part. Then I think of a dress, jacket, top etc that’ll go well. You have to think practically too – standing on stage high above the front row isn’t good if you’re skirt’s too short!
Conducting live interviews can sometimes be unpredictable. Have you ever been caught off guard or put in an awkward situation whilst interviewing?
It’s usually the celebrity’s ‘people’ who can be difficult, and the stars themselves are chilled. One major supermodel and I were doing a live interview when her agent butted in to rebuff a question. I was gobsmacked. Iggy Pop was hilarious – I asked him a long question and instead of answering, he just giggled, ‘Bonsoiree baby!’ That ended up on ‘The Best of Vogue TV’ which you can still find on YouTube.
London has just been named the ‘Most Stylish City’ in a survey conducted by Clothes Show Live. What is it about London style that makes it so unique?
People’s lack of caring – and I mean that in a good way. I live in LA now and the girls are far more concerned about a hair out of place – in London they just go with the flow and try crazy new trends, they’re more adventurous.
You’re a big supporter of young talent, who are you tipping to become the UK’s next big Designer?
William Tempest. He was a finalist at Fashion Fringe and I was willing him to win – in fact I thought it was a very obvious choice. When he didn’t, I was shocked! But he’s already doing well – a very talented young man with a great eye for what will work on the red carpet.
What do you think are the main trends not to be missed this summer?
Tribal; Aztec prints are gorgeous and fun. Canary yellow: a happy colour, just make sure you’re a little tanned. Faded floral minidress: easily picked up from charity shops, and give it an edge with a biker jacket.
i-D magazine celebrate their 300th issue in June. What are your top 3 favourite style magazines?
Pop, Vogue and Elle.
Vogue has just announced dates to hold ‘Fashion’s Night Out’, a global celebration of Fashion. How do you think this will help in the current economical climate?
I’m all for any event drumming up support for the industry. Conde Nast is an incredible company to work for and every party they do is done so well, I’m sure this’ll be amazing!
Finally, if you could sum up the Clothes Show Live experience in three words, what would they be?
Heels, screaming, male-models (technically four, but I had to mention the boys!).