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Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise Credit: Holly McGlynn

Interview With: Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise

With Harrods Shoe Heaven recently opening, tell us what shoe heaven is to you...

High heels and lots of them! Plenty of sparkle and shine and a glass of Champagne while trying things on doesn't hurt either.

"My fail-safe outfit formula is A-line mini skirt, blouse and ballet pumps, worn with a light jacket for summer or layered up when it’s colder."

Why do you think shoes hold so much appeal for women?

I think shoes appeal to different women for so many different reasons. They can be such incredible objects of beauty and craftsmanship, even the painful ones you hardly wear are still wonderful things to look at and show off. Then there’s also the fact that even if you’re having a fat day or just not feeling so hot, your fabulous shoes won’t stop feeling fabulous.

Do you have a particular shoe memory?

I have very vivid memories of huge arguments with my mum over whether or not I could wear high heels to school discos when I was probably about 11. I was absolutely determined that I should be allowed to but she resisted for a couple more years so I was forced to take matters into my own hands and wear my riding boots, the only shoes I owned with any semblance of a heel.

What are your favourite trends for the AW14 season?

It’s hard to play favourites this season! I’m loving all things '60s, A-line silhouettes and thigh-skimming hemlines suit me so I’ll be all over those. All the super brights and candy shades on the AW14 catwalks are making me very happy too. Print, colour and playful details are like fashion catnip to me and there’s a lot of that around this season.

Do you have an absolute wardrobe staple?

My fail-safe outfit formula is an A-line mini skirt, blouse and ballet pumps, worn with a light jacket for summer or layered up when it’s colder.

What's in your handbag right now?

Wallet, iPhone, charger, chewing gum, leather bound notepad (despite the fact I take notes on my phone), comb, business cards, keys, cigarettes and either Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg or a Scandi crime novel depending on my mood. 

Do you have a style icon?

I think women like Caroline Issa and Ines de la Fressange are iconic because of their combination of style, intelligence and kindness. My personal style icon is my grandmother, she is incredibly chic and always immaculately turned out regardless of what time it is and what she’s doing.

What's the best advice you've ever heard?

Work hard and be nice to people.

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