The stylist team Avigail Claire and Damian Collins—or AC/DC—started working with Daisy Lowe in October of 2009. They first met through close mutual friend designer and illustrator Kate Moross. The four went to Paris together for Louis Vuitton’s show two years ago and the day after when they all returned to London, Lowe rang Claire and Collins and asked to work together.
“Not only is Daisy gorgeous, but she’s an amazing friend and unafraid to show others that you don’t have to be stick thin to be a model,” says Claire. Last week, Lowe caused quite the stir when she arrived with boyfriend Matt Smith at Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture show in the designer’s pale pink corset dress. It had originally been an option for the Bafta’s, but Claire and Collins felt it would be better front row.
Aside from Silver Spoon Attire and a yet to be disclosed special project with Lowe, Claire and Collins are collaborating on an accessories line called Saville Raw. They have been a part of the styling team for Rihanna in Europe (think JPG, Danielle Scutt and Louise Goldin) and are also designing tour wardrobes for Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle and London-based trio, the WooWoo’s. “Our inspiration has been our vast collection of The Face magazines and our interpretation of a 90′s girl band: Nirvana meets TLC,” says Claire of the latter. Look for the launch of www.nothinglong.com to showcase their friends’ ideas and original editorial work like collaborations with artist Margot Bowman.
As for important partnerships, Claire and Collins are getting married next June in old Jaffa, Tel Aviv. The bride will wear a dress by Kate Halfpenny (the two worked together on Rihanna’s look for the MTV music awards). Says Claire, “It makes our job all worthwhile to be able to get talented young designers brought to the attention of the nation.” Lowe ended up wearing a Craig Lawrence piece to the Bafta’s, which resulted in major British press coverage, kind of like the blush Gaultier.
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- Stephanie LaCava