Sartorial Spotlight: Deborah Henning

Designer and fashion consultant Deborah Henning lets team Ahlan! into her stylish life
ByLindsay JudgeSunday , 26 October 2014
Sartorial Spotlight: Deborah Henning
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“Monochrome is my statement look – simple, chic and sophisticated.”

Fashion designer Deborah Henning is the brains behind creative hub Shoreditch Muse, which brings together upcoming talent and allows them to sell their products at events in the UAE. When Deborah’s not busy with that, she’s designing pieces for her own collection, which comprises quirky statement jewellery and accessories. Deborah’s own style is just as important to her as her designs, so we got to take a look inside her wardrobe.

What would you say makes your life fashionable?
I spend my days designing, developing my own label or consulting with other companies to design and develop their collections and branding. Attending fashion events and parties is part of it too! I’m always working with designers and creative people, which inspires me to be creative in my work and the way I dress.

Tell us about how fashion influences you.
I’m more influenced by art, culture, travel and interior design, which I then translate into fashion.

Describe your style.
Monochrome, minimalist and androgynous. I love black and white, and simplicity. When it’s done well with good-quality fabrics and beautiful cuts, it looks effortless. My brand is a true representation of my style.

Who’s your style icon?
I’m hugely inspired by icons like British actress Jane Birkin and French singer Françoise Hardy. They are super-chic! It’s all about the essence of style and how they wear the clothes, rather than what they wear.

Which celebrity’s style do you love?
I love model Charlotte Gainsbourg’s look and vibe. She exudes an effortless, thrown-together look while maintaining elegance and a cool factor.

Who is getting it wrong?
I’m not a huge fan of Katy Perry or Kim Kardashian’s style. It’s not wrong, it’s just not me. Sometimes they have too much flesh on show.

Who is your all-time favourite designer?
Helmut Lang, for his beautifully complex yet simple cuts and selection of fabrics. I love that you can layer several pieces to create alternative looks.

How do you dress for work?
Black skinny jeans, an oversized white shirt and brogues or Converse with statement jewellery. I like to mix smart tailoring with casual pieces. For accessories, I pretty much wear chunky jewellery all the time and a heavy masculine watch.

How do you dress from day to night if you’re going straight to an event?
That’s what I love about my brand – I have created pieces that can work from day to night. With a simple change from a flat shoe to a heel or more decadent jewellery, the pieces can transform and become wearable in the evening too. I generally stick by the codes of my brand so it’s unlikely you’ll see me in a tight-fitting ballgown!

What’s your favourite high-street store?
COS. It has a great aesthetic and I love its fabrics.

What is your favourite online fashion store?
Net-a-Porter or ASOS. More locally, I love Anthropology of Design.

What are your favourite trends for this season?
I love the way Chanel has taken everyday looks (like going to the supermarket) and made them glamorous. My favourite piece has to be the shopping basket bags!

Best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever been given?
I think its super-important to reflect yourself through clothing. Fashion is an extension of your character, so always think carefully about what you choose to wear. You don’t need to wear the latest trend if it doesn’t suit you.

What are the items you’re currently lusting after?
I’d really love a classic Cartier love bangle and nail bracelet, and something from Monica Vinader.

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"I love new brands and I work with a lot of locally based designers so most of my jewellery is by them." 

"I always carry a notepad with me in case I get inspired"

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