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Rachel Ford

 

MY PERSONAL STYLE IS …

I love being dressed up, save nothing for best as life is too short, sequins on a supermarket shop, velvet for work, tulle for the cinema , there should be no rules. Love what you wear.

 

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU?

I have always loved the theatre, especially musicals so strong female characters have always appealed to my creative side. Roxy and Velma from Chicago, Sally Bowles from Cabaret. I love people who are bold and adventurous. I still look at Madonna and go wow… Recently I went to see an exhibition of Prince’s costumes which were utterly fantastic. Be bright, be bold and love what you wear; clothes should make you feel wonderful.

 

WHAT DOES “WALK YOUR OWN WAY” MEAN TO YOU?

Believe in yourself, create your own path but if you need help along the way ask for someone’s hand, sometimes we all need support and guidance.

 

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU TO FIND THE RIGHT SHOES?

I have always loved heels but finding comfy heels to work in all day can be tricky. As a teacher I spend most of my life on my feet. Heels make me feel self assured, make me believe my legs are endlessly long and I am invincible. However, I can equally be found in trainers and skirts. I was once told people make first impressions based on your shoes. I’ve always kept that in mind.”  

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT YOU?

I don't think people have any about me. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I am open and honest and have had great support through social media, particularly when I lost my mum earlier this year. Being yourself is important.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SPOTS TO CHILL OUT?

Although it’s busy, I love going to the West end to see a play, or the Everyman cinema to watch a film. I love to escape. I could spend hours walking round Liberty's as It’s such a beautiful building. My favourite place to eat is Boro Bistro next to Southwark Cathedral , it has a great terrace, the most amazing food and the cheese board is incredible. However, you can’t beat a night at home. Life is busy as a full time teacher and mum to 2 boys, sometimes a glass of wine, the sofa and a good book is all it takes.