Karen Crawford, Style Advisor

Karen Crawford

My personal style signifier is unstructured and relaxed clothing.

The last thing I bought and loved was Isabel Marant Silver Acna boots, I love a bit of 80’s chic.

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.

The best gift I’ve ever given is a recycled La Marzocco espresso machine. They are traditional Italian café machines and I was lucky to find a second hand one. I gave this to my husband, Gary who is from Melbourne where the only thing worse than serving a bad coffee, is possibly driving over a Marsupial. Italy is his favorite country so extra pressie points!

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 three favourite pieces from this season are the Pulcie Isabel trousers, I love the utilitarian feel, relaxed with a high waist and ankle fasteners, Preen’s velvet ruched skirt because it;s tight stretchy velvet, and Isabel Marant Luido boots, wide around the ankle and very flattering on the calves.

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 podcast I’m listening to is The Innovation Show by Aidan McCullen. His guests range from psychologists to cultural innovators and he has the best voice, which I find very soothing.

The best book I’ve read this year is Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens. This was one of our book club reads. It's set in the marshes of North Carolina. I love stories that are so descriptive of the environment you imagine yourself there.

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.

An indulgence I could never give up is a regular facial with Carmel Hunter of Skinhub in Howth.

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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