Interview: Laura Bailey: the Style Hunter
Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Rolex, Fortnum & Mason and Botega Veneta have now joined the line-up at Terminal 5, emphasising the airport’s fashionable reputation amongst flyers. The 22 redesigned stores have been revealed to the public and in celebration British model, Laura Bailey spent the day at Terminal 5 spotting fashionable passengers from all over the globe as Heathrow’s official ‘Style Hunter’.
Style icon Laura Bailey has modelled campaigns for brands such as Guess and L’Oreal and is also the cultural ambassador for the British Fashion Council, contributing editor to British Vogue and creative director for Loquet London – it’s fair to say she knows a few things about style. In this exclusive interview, Ahlan! uncovered the fashionista’s top secret answers to our most fashion-forward questions.
Who’s your style icon?
My style icons are mostly sixties-London heroines of fashion, film and music; Julie Christie, Jean Shrimpton and Marianne Faithfull. Right now, I'm drawn to the style of French girls like Caroline de Maigret and Lou Doillon.
As a Style Hunter at Heathrow Terminal 5, I keep an eye out for travellers who manage to pull off effortlessly chic looks and outfits, so that was a big factor when curating the photo gallery of most stylish passengers. What’s great is that many of the brands available at Heathrow Terminal 5, such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry, offer both fashion and travel staples, and beloved of contemporary and vintage style icons.
How do you dress to stay comfy yet stylish at the airport?
I go for casual yet elegant pieces, most recently Chanel sweatshirts and knits, and slouchy trousers by Stella McCartney or Isabel Marant. Comfortable shoes are a must, especially when walking around the airport or shopping at Heathrow, so I’d never travel without my Nikes or Superga sneakers. I try to wear fabrics like cotton, which allow my skin to breathe.
What’s your go-to outfit when you’re in a rush?
A jumpsuit - my favourite is by MiH. Or skinny black jeans by FRAME with a Bella Freud slogan knit. If I need to dress-up in a hurry, I reach for my Prada check trousers with a vintage blouse and boyish blazer.
What are the essential pieces everyone must have in their wardrobe?
White or cream blouse or shirt
Grey tees and sweats
Red or print proper party dress
A slip that doubles up as a sundress
A cashmere shawl or blanket that folds up tiny for travel
How would you describe your style?
Tomboy princess/scruffy glamour. Very London!
Who are your favourite designers?
My favourite designers are Miuccia Prada and Chris Bailey for Burberry. Thankfully, both are available at Heathrow terminal 5. I also like, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.
If you could bring one trend back from a precious era, what would it be?
I’m a big fan of vintage clothing/accessories, so whenever I travel through Heathrow, I always make sure to pass by Prada. It’s just one of those brands that can always cater to a classic/vintage taste. I'm drawn to a sixties or seventies silhouette- oversized macs or peacoats, polo necks, print.
What’s your favourite trend for next season?
I think my favourite SS15 trend is sport luxe. I want to feel chic but also able to run or bike around town. The great thing about shopping at Heathrow is that the personal shoppers can always help you identify the latest trends. I just need to make sure I allow time to try everything on!
Fashion icon, Laura Bailey, is helping Heathrow to unveil the reopening of Terminal 5, which now boasts the world’s most desirable luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Rolex, Bottega Veneta and Fortnum & Mason. The terminal now has a collection of 22 fashion and luxury brands, each of which has been beautifully re-designed to echo the store’s flagship location. Voted by passengers as ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ five years in a row and the world’s ‘Best Airport Terminal’ three years in a row, Heathrow Terminal 5 is flying the flag for stylish travellers the world over.