When we meet Millie Mackintosh at her fashion PR’s glossy London showroom, she’s like a kid in a sweet shop. Surrounded by clothes, shoes and accessories, it’s easily to see she is the ultimate fashion obsessive. Millie may have come a long way from her Made In Chelsea days, but even then we knew she was a style queen.She’s just celebrated her second wedding anniversarywith husband Professor Green (aka Stephen Manderson), though we’d be surprised if she even managed to fit in a cheeky glass of fizz with such a hectic schedule! On top of preparing for London Fashion Week and keeping fit, Millie’s debut book Made has just hit shelves, and as you’d expect from the poster girl for ‘strong not skinny’ – “When I can do a pull up that will be my favourite thing” – the tome is packed with tips about fitness as well as lifestyle and fashion. Which brings us to that enviable wardrobe. While she might wear Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald on the red carpet, it’s her high-street styling that we’ve fallen for, so we were super excited when she launched her Millie Mackintosh collection. We wore her signature boho maxi’s all summer, and now, she’s back with her new autumn/winter range – just in time for London Fashion Week. It’s got a major 70s vibe going on, and Millie’s sure it’s what her fashion fans want…
What’s the best thing about having your own fashion line?
I feel really lucky because I get to design for myself and my friends, so it’s really fun. When I’m going into the creative process of designing and creating pieces, I’m actually thinking about where and how I want to wear them. London Fashion Week is coming up and in my head I’ve designed pieces that I want to wear to the shows.
Do your showbiz friends inspire your designs?
Definitely Gizzi Erskine – she nails that whole 60s and 70s look so I always think of her. Rosie Fortescue aswell. Different friends inspire different pieces, but I am definitely inspired by my friends in general. They all have different styles and subconsciously you kind of pick that up from being around them.
Talk us through the design process – where do you start?
Pinterest, looking at what the big trends are for the coming season. I think about how I can make the line individual to me and my own style. It’s really fun because you can take a dress and be like ‘this worked really well but let’s totally change the fabric, change the arms’ and then just create another amazing piece that you know will do really well.
If you rock a Millie Mackintosh piece on Insta, is it an instant sell-out?
Yes! I have to be careful not to wear stuff that’s already sold out because then people will get annoyed. But I want to wear everything that’s in my collection – I wouldn’t let anything go into production that I wouldn’t actually wear. I love it on Instagram when people tag the pieces so I can see how they’ve styled it.
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So what’s your favourite from the new collection?
Definitely the suede mini dress. I’m going to wear it to fashion week undone with flares and a pussybow blouse.
The new collection has lots of bold prints – what’s your tip for pulling them off?
With a print I like to take a base colour from the pattern and use that as a guide for your shoes or bag. Don’t go for crazy accessories – use your printed piece as the main focus of the outfit.
Back to London Fashion Week, are you excited for the shows?
I’m really excited! All I can think about is what I’m going to wear. My collection is launching online at the same time so I’m extra excited to have both going on. I love just seeing what’s going to come next
Any designers you cant wait to see?
Felder Felder – they’re so 70s – and Julien Macdonald is always an amazing spectacle. It’s always really nice to see all my friends too because we’ve all been doing our own thing over summer and so everyone finally gets to catch up.
Which Millie pieces will we see you rocking on the FROW?
My leather leggings are a good essential, they’re such a good base, and definitely the black and white floral dress – it’s really cute for a daytime show. Obviously if a designer offers to dress you, it’s nice to wear something to show support and its fun to get dressed up. But all of my day dresses are so easy to wear.
We know how crazy LFW can be. How do you chill out in between the shows?
My friends and I will all go for lunch or just meet up and go to a hotel and have a catch up – you definitely need down time in between or you flop.
Apart from the 70s, which new trends will you be working?
Monochrome is always a really good basic trend for when you have no time to plan an outfit. I’m really into velvets, sequins and embellished pieces as it’s getting into party season. I’d wear them for day with flat shoes.
Which high street hotspots are always on your shopping hit list?
I like to get good basics like t-shirts, polo necks, shirts, things you can easily style up – Zara is great for that. I think Reformation is really cool. I just did a massive clear out so I can’t wait to go shopping. But when I’m too busy, there’s always Asos!
You’ve just released a book too, are you proud of Made?
So proud. I’m so happy with how it looks – I just stare at it! It feels really nice to open my book and think, ooh, I’ve got friends coming at the weekend and I can cook something for them from it. It’s also got beauty tips, make-up, hair and then exercises and nutrition. It’s about a healthy way of life not a diet. It’s like, this is how I improved my life, it might work for you, it might not.
And on a random note, what’s your favourite emoji?
There’s not enough! I quite like the laughing monkey, I use that a lot, or the two girls dancing – I send that to my friends all the time but I think they need more food ones! I always wonder where the champagne is too. We need more! I like a good combo of emojis – if in doubt just do loads, you can never have too many.