New jewellery designer of the year award winner Katie Rowland counts Elle MacPherson, Nicole Scherzinger, Fearne Cotton, Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole amongst her celeb clientele. We chatted Cartier, coconut bikinis and Princess Diana...
When I look in the mirror I see... when I've stopped rushing around and actually take the time to look in the mirror I see, apart from a few wrinkles, a girl that's still 25! I see smiling blue eyes and my dad's lips. As I grow older I see a lot more of my parents in my face... As well as loads of ambition, drive and creativity.
If I were stranded on a desert island with just one item of clothing it would be... a practical I'm A Celeb-inspired jumpsuit or a bejewelled coconut bra and grass skirt. However, I'm guessing this is a dream scenario so I'd have a massive villa with a walk-in designer wardrobe.
When I was at school I wanted to be... well, I grew up in Manchester and didn't have much access to fashion and glitz. I was obsessed with Princess Diana, and to me she embodied all that glamour! She was a total icon. I really wanted to design dresses, crowns and jewellery for her.
My biggest style triumph was... when I bought an amazing Hugo Boss leather jacket. I live in it and wear it with everything. I like to think I rock it in the same style as Kate Moss, but I'm not sure I do. It's a staple piece in my wardrobe and I've also worn it on quite a few photo shoots. I'll have it forever.
If I could be any character from film or literature I'd be... I've always wanted their to be a film made about Evalyn Walsh McLean. She bought the incredible Hope Diamond from Cartier which was said to bring people bad luck. She was like the Isabella Blow of the 1900s. She dressed outrageously, to the distress of her family. Even on her death bed she insisted on wearing all her diamonds and jewellery!
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