Karen Crawford, Style Advisor

Karen Crawford

My personal style signifier is unstructured and relaxed clothing.

My earliest fashion memory is the joy I felt getting my first pair of ROM runners. I was 12 years they were white and dark blue and expensive at the time and I felt so very cool when I put them on.

My style icons are my mum and Tilda Swinton. Both possess a unique natural beauty, and the ability to wear any item of clothing and make it effortless and utterly their own.

With time on my hands I would take singing lessons and join a singing group for fun.

Before I joined Costume I lived in Australia and worked with the brand Céline when Phoebe Philo was creative director. I have tremendous respect for what she did for women's fashion, designing everyday clothes you feel comfortable and powerful in.

My favourite place in Dublin is the cliff walk loop from Martello Tower in Sutton to Howth, it's never the same and the view is extraordinary.

The garment that gets the most wear in my wardrobe is my ‘Finisterre’ swimmers. I swim on Bull Island with my friend Lou. There is a great community of swimmers, and also ‘Happy Out’ café is on the beach if you want a hot toastie after.

The one destination I can’t wait to return to is…Panzano, Chianti. I visited with Gary for the first time many years ago and we stayed on a small olive farm in the middle of the valley. I admit to loving Tuscan food and wine, and we were there last year with family and friends for a birthday celebration and almost nothing of its laid back charm has changed.

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