No stranger to fashion - model, writer, designer and Vogue contributing editor Laura Bailey has collaborated with one of our favourite shoe brands, LK Bennett. After friends Rosamund Pike and fashion editor Caroline Issa previously partnered with the brand, the project proved too tempting even juggling six jobs and two children. Featuring five shoes and a clutch bag, the collection is inspired by the dolce vita of the Amalfi Coast in the Sixties - in Bailey's words, shoes "made to dance on London pavements or Capri sands". We can't wait for the collection to hit stores from March 25 so we caught up with Bailey to talk about her inspiration and get an exclusive glimpse of her new campaign.
Tell us about the capsule range...
I wanted the collection to genuinely evoke travel. I wanted the prints and colours to reflect my inspiration of the Amalfi Coast - to evoke an Italian spirit, a joyous spirit an Italian dolce vita. I also wanted them to have a slightly nostalgic nod to the iconic Italian actresses I love from the Sixties and Seventies. I wanted them to stand out and be original from the other shoes in my wardrobe, for myself and for my girlfriends, which is why I created a variety heels and shapes to suit different women.
Do you have a favourite style?
I do change my mind – the white flat open-toe sandal is the one I have been wearing the most. I designed the collection to be hard working and go with anything. In LA I wore them with denim and summer dresses – as you do in LA (I was there for myself and for the Oscars, supporting my boyfriend [producer Eric Fellner] in his film) but I am not somebody with strict styling rules. The whole ethos behind the collection is to be carefree, bohemian and to create my dream shoes for travel and for summer.
Laura behind the scenes at LK Bennett
What do you love about Amalfi?
I discovered it in my twenties when I went there for shoots and road (Vespa) trips. In the last ten years I have returned with friends and family. I love the coast, the landscape, the colours, the Dolce Vita the true sense of living well. I love to be in the water and on the water. It is somewhere I can share with my extended gang of friends and family, that has become a tradition.
Is Dolce Vita a favourite film from that period?
I love it. I don’t know if it’s a favourite. I like Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse, La Notte and Monica Vitti, his muse and star of those films. Of course Fellini’s vision encapsulates the area and the time that I was inspired by, but I love different aspects of different films.