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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Victoria Baker-Harber from Made In Chelsea is one of my oldest friends. We have known each other since we were two years old and were instantly inseparable. Victoria has a wonderfully polished and put together style (even in gym clothes trust me). She has agreed to do a long anticipated interview which is hopefully the first of many.

LFW in Valentino

How would you describe your style?
I think my style is dependant on my mood. I like to look polished and groomed but never like a fashion victim.

What do you love about London street style?
I like the edginess of London street style and the way it has few boundaries. I think a lot of people in London can be stereotypes by the way they know what kind of vibe and character someone is by the way they put themselves together. It's kind of cool.

In Mary Katrantzou with a Valentino bag

What are your favourite designers?
This is a tricky one but at the moment I love Miu Miu. Alaia is classic and the pieces are investments and the shoes at the moment are exceptional. For swimwear obviously my range (Elle-en-Jette) because no one else has mastered the cut like I have. Celine are great for biker jackets and bags. I like designers who make things that are wearable as opposed to things that are so outrageous they grab the headlines at fashion weeks.

In Elle-en-Jette with a Balenciaga clutch

What are your holy grail beauty products?
Exfoliating gloves, I literally can't cope without them. Also I've just discovered BB cream ( a bit late on the bandwagon there). Original Kaajal Kohl eye stick is like my secret weapon. A Mason and Pearson hairbrush will always be in my bag (that's why I can't use those tiny box clutches). And let's not forget the heated rollers.

Who or what influences your style?
No one as everyone. I'm always observing what people are wearing and if they impress me, I'd say they influence me.

Herve Leger skirt

5 pieces in your wardrobe you couldn't live without?
Prada slippers, I have a few of these but they're so comfortable and always look sharp. Miu Miu leather trousers, they're so soft and well cut. I would wear them every day if I could. This amazing Miu Miu jacket which has slightly cropped sleeves and a dropped waist full circle pleat going on at the bottom. Plain black and white t-shirts, the basics are essential. Probably an Alaia skirt with these little holes that get bigger as it goes down. It's a work of art. Finally, let's not forget my Nikes.

What are your favourite travel destinations?
I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a mountain/snow/alpine person even though I would beat any of you down the slopes. Nothing beats a good beach; the Maldives is my number one place for this. I adore Bombay (Mumbai sorry...) I also love Bangkok, New York and I'm quite a fan of Monaco.

What are your evening wear essentials?
I rarely accessorise so make sure things are coordinated perfectly. A good timeless a-line dress that makes the waist look isty bitsy will never go out of date. Plus it makes the legs look nice and skinny. And a pair of killer heels. Never leave the jacket behind's not a good look to be freezing trying to hail a cab in the early hours of the morning.

In Herve Leger with Christian Louboutin pumps

What's your favourite piece in your jewellery collection?
Probably something I don't own (yet) but other than that a pave Cartier Love Bracelet.

Where is your favourite place to shop?
I love a good department store but I actually find it more enjoyable to rummage in a good market a million miles from home. You are guaranteed to come back with a better surprise than you would have expected.

Are there any secrets you have for styling when filming?
I'm still battling this one but if I am having a tired day, wear bright colours! It semi detracts from the look of fatigue! And I've recently learnt, face the light! Now I understand why superstars have so much lighting on's kind of an airbrush to remove any shadows!

Who do you think is the best and worst dressed from MIC?
Oh good...time to get the claws out. Well Mark without a doubt is the best dressed. He epitomises elegant male style and is always immaculate. I think people make a fuss of Rosie because she has a style blog but personally I think her style is a bit drab. Despite the differences between Millie and I, she has started putting herself together well. Louise has a slightly edgy side and isn't afraid to experiment which is refreshing. Other than that, they all dress quite similarly. It must be that reality TV show bug.

In a Lanvin swimsuit worn with white jeans

To buy pieces from Victoria's swimwear line please go to her website here.

If you have any suggestions for questions for another interview with Victoria please leave them below.

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  1. I am also a huge fan of Victoria, she is so lovely and her style is to die for. I would love to raid her wardrobe, she has amazing clothes. Lovely post and so nice to find out more about her!

    I did a post on her before and she was so lovely and willing to answer questions. MIC tries to make her look mean, but she comes across so lovely and one of the few genuine people on the show!

    Kassie xo

  2. How tall is she? What advice would she give to a teen trying to find her style? What are cheap and simple ways to look more chic?

  3. I'd love to know the size (carat) of her diamond studs in the photo that she's wearing elle-en-jette and balenciaga. They are perfect. A recommendation of a jeweler wouldn't hurt either if you could PM me with either of those details that would be great:)

    Victoria also has amazing skin, hair and figure. What shampoo and conditioner/treatments/hair masks does she use? Does she take any vitamin supplements? What is her typical daily menu (e.g. does she exclude certain food groups/follow a certain diet etc).

    Finally, does Victoria use self tan? If so, how which brand and how often?