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Lydia Whitfield is a 'glam' journalist from Penarth. She writes about fashion and make-up for the South Wales Echo and the Wales on Sunday. "I come from a family full of women, the youngest of three sisters, so I�ve always been surrounded by clothes and fashion. I prefer to dress up than dress down and I always wear heels. I just love clothes and fashion."
Have you been to any fashion show?
I’ve been to a Julian MacDonald show a couple of times in London when I used to work for the Wales on Sunday. It was a fantastic night. Tickets were like gold–dust and I only had one, but it didn’t bother me at all to be going alone. There’s such a buzz about the place, from the waiting and the queuing, to the anticipation and everything running late. It’s just spectacular!
What’s the story behind this dress?
I wore this gold dress to my first Julian MacDonald show. Aunty Mary lived in Kuala Lumpur at the time and sent me this fabric; I then had the dress made locally. So it’s a unique dress and I know that nobody else will ever have the same one.
Where did you get this dress?
I met Trinny and Susannah, of course they weren’t that well known at the time, but I was still nervous about meeting them. I had absolutely no idea what to wear! I looked for something new but came back to an old faithful from Topshop. They didn’t go overboard, but they did say “nice dress”, and that was good enough for me!
This is a gorgeous dress, where did it come from?
This dress is fab! Mum spotted this dress at a school jumble sale and bought it for me for a few pounds. A few of my friends have borrowed this dress, it’s lovely and hangs beautifully.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t own a lot of expensive clothes, but I like to mix fashionable clothes with vintage stuff from my mother and grandmother. Mum’s a bit of a horder when it comes to clothes and keeps them in great condition. My grandmother owned this top and I’ve worn it a lot. It looks very similar to a Missoni design.
Where did you get this unusual jacket?
My mother bought this jacket with her first grant cheque when she went to Swansea University. Her sister, Aunty Pam, was so jealous she went out and bought the exact same jacket for herself! My mum says that she’s never been as wealthy as she was after that first cheque.
Where did you get this white hat?
Nain Thomas made this. My grandmother and Aunty Kath were well known in Penarth for their hats and nain made this. It doesn’t suit me as well as it suited nain but it keeps me warm!
Are you going o keep this glam image for ever?
I hope so. I’d love to be a ‘glammy granny’!
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