As an editor, it's my job to be impartial about the fashion I showcase to you. Not everything is necessarily something I would personally wear. I've been trained to look beyond that—to instead seek out impressive finds that'll work for different people and styles. This is perhaps the biggest difference between editors and influencers—a question I'm commonly asked—in that influencers present pieces that are a true representation of themselves. In turn, this makes them so fascinating to follow. Find an influencer whose style you love and speaks to your own, and you've struck sartorial gold. They become something of your own personal shopper and make it incredibly easy to build upon your existing wardrobe by spotlighting options you're probably going to like. And for that, we owe them a debt of gratitude.
As such, I'm always keen to learn what makes my influencer friends tick, and with spring well and truly on the horizon, what better time is there to ask seven of my favourite fashion people what's on their wish lists for the season ahead? Seeing as they all have very different aesthetics, I was surprised to find each of them stuck to a largely neutral colour palette (proving that 2022 is indeed the year of classic style), while the same brands—think COS, Jigsaw, The Frankie Shop and Totême—kept cropping up, too. That said, the pieces you'll find below are anything but boring. From sleek trench coats and dresses so pretty you'll find any excuse to wear them to the ultimate pair of party heels, keep scrolling to see what's really on eight influencers' wish lists for spring.
1. LOUISA HATT
2. CLAUDIA BERRESFORD
"My obsession with stripes continues into spring, and this cardigan is firmly on my wish list. The perfect piece to wear with jeans and a white tee, but I can also see myself throw this over all my white midi dresses."
3. ANDREA CHEONG
"The perfect little black dress looks different to everyone. My ideal LBD is Mirror Palais's vintage-inspired silk dress. She's fully lined and entirely natural fibre, which is hard to find in a satin slip these days. It features a lingerie top half, which is equal parts magic and clever tailoring. I mean, it can carve out a cleavage with very little to work with. And best of all, it’s bias-cut on the skirt, so it simply skims over any lumps and bumps."
"Gucci's small Jackie bag with the tiger motif is a special creation for Lunar New Year. Thanks to its subdued hues of ochre and teal and touches of pink, it's surprisingly versatile. I'm a huge fan of limited-edition bags because I find that they're a genuine reflection of your personal taste. If you like a seasonal style, then you really like it. I'd wear this with a cream knit and pastel trousers in the day or a black suit for a more formal look."
"This is a highly curated vintage shop for the girls who dream of escaping to Paris after every minor inconvenience. Here, the selection of La Perla lingerie and cloud-like knitwear is unparalleled. I’ve got my eye on the floral embroidered knit top and patterned cashmere jumper, both of which are very reasonably priced and much eco-friendlier than buying new. Who said sustainable options had to be more expensive?"
"I’ve long been a fan of Xenia Adont’s label, Attire The Studio. It’s one of the few sustainable brands out there that is radically transparent about pricing and provides information about every one of their factories. All the fibre used in the collections is biodegradable—right down to the cotton thread (typically, thread is made of polyester). I’m eyeing this black cotton cardigan for the gorgeous cut-outs along its sleeve and mother of pearl buttons that seriously elevate this wardrobe essential."
"I'm on the lookout for a black belt, and while there are few solid options out there like the Celine Triomphe or Bottega's iconic triangle, I'm particularly taken by Loewe's reversible accessory. I love a piece that works hard in my wardrobe, and this is tan on one side and black on the other. I can see this being part of my daily uniform, and I'd style this for a cinched waist over a jacket or coat."
4. JESSICA SKYE
"An updated version of the cult Loewe basket bag paired with ice cream linens and sling-backs. Making it the perfect everyday handbag."
5. SOPHIE EDWARDS
6. MARISSA COX
7. TANICE ELIZABETH
8. CAROLINE COOK