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Party time with Clio Peppiatt

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Party time with Clio Peppiatt

Pink, glitter and embellishments galore – we couldn’t NOT fall in love with the work of South London designer Clio Peppiatt! Remember the name? We featured a (stunning) piece by Clio in Please! Magazine 18, and asked her all about her teenage self. It obviously wasn’t enough for us – we came back to the Ravensbourne University graduate to find out a bit more about her inspirations, and realised we had quite a lot in common – Chloë Sevigny as the ultimate style icon and a love of all things girly. Read our interview to find out more!

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Your favourite film?

I have so many – but Pulp Fiction, Wild at Heart and Show Girls (more for the outfits than story) would be in the top running.

Your all-time style icon?

Chloë Sevigny.

The one item of clothing you’d save in a fire?

A pair of vintage Missoni crochet wedge heels. They were a once-in-a-lifetime find in a charity shop.

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Designer Clio Peppiatt and three looks from her autumn-winter 2017 collection

Your designs are “girly” in the best way possible – glitter, embellishments, lots of pink and purple. In an age of sartorial minimalism, do you think we should reclaim our girly, more playful side?

I think it’s really important and inspiring to surround myself with decorative, beautiful things and I try and get that across in my work – I think our everyday objects should always be the most decorative!

You were born in Paris, but now live in London. Personal-style wise, which city do you feel closer to?

London, but there’s definitely a slight mix of the two.

There are so many exciting new designers on the London fashion scene, but I imagine things must be tough sometimes. What would your advice be for people wanting to create their own label?

It’s cheesy, but to stay true to yourself. Know what you like and what your aesthetic is, and develop from there.

Last year, you co-curated the group exhibition Female Matters to raise awareness around female genital mutilation whilst celebrating the new rise of the female artist. Is it something you’d like to do more of? 

It was great – being a designer can be a little isolating sometimes and with Female Matters I was suddenly working with all of these extremely talented and interesting female artists, it’s like a little community. We will be having our next event in October and are hoping to continue with an event at least once a year.