I had a double whammy of Tilda over the weekend, I saw both A Bigger Splash and Hail Caesar! She is marvellous in both and her wardrobe (by Dior) in the former is extremely covetable, I shall never dress-down on an island holiday ever again.
I am a big fan of how Tilda wears her wardrobe, that slouchy, easy, drape her clothes adopt when on her long, lean frame is exactly how I want my clothes to behave. But sadly, due to about a foot in height and a good three stone in weight, not to mention that other-worldliness magic, this will never be. But do I stop trying?
I got much closer to the perfect Tilda shirt last week, when I went to a Winser London, VIP shopping morning (8.00am shopping with breakfast, my kind of fun). Kim Winser knows her customer; busy, multitasking, working women who need great clothes in beautiful fabrics to rely on. They are prepared to pay for quality and style, and want everything to just ‘work’, no fussing around. And they like an expert on hand to help.
So amongst the croissants and coffee, me and a few multi-national company directors whipped in and out of outfits that Kim and her head designer Jayne Cady picked out for us. I love this personalised method of shopping, Kim and Jayne know how to assess your shape instantly and put you into something that you don’t want to take off.
So it was with the Tilda shirt, as I’ve named it. It’s a classic shirt shape, two front pockets, a good collar (not too big) and sleeves finished with cuff link cuffs, with lots of Tilda-slouch, due to the delicious silk fabric and generous cut. The ivory is a classic, but I bought the cornflower blue to go with all my denim (which it will smarten nicely) but I may go back for the grown-up powder pink too.
Because I’m a sucker for an expert (Jayne Cady, I’m looking at you…), I also bought the wide legged crepe trousers, which I will wear slouchily, with flat trainers, Tilda style. Kim helpfully said many customers buy two pairs, one hemmed for flats and one kept long for wearing with heels. I guess once you’ve found the perfect trouser for you, this makes sense. I’m saving up.