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Grazia’s Charlie Miller interview

Sophia Aiello chats to Grazia’s fashion and beauty editor, Charlie Miller about going fluro on the upper level high street

Published on March 18th 2011.

Grazia’s Charlie Miller interview

Charlie Miller certainly knows what she's talking about when it comes to fashion. She is after all the executive fashion and beauty editor of weekly style bible Grazia. Fresh from the catwalk shows, and taking a break from her grueling schedule, Sophia Aiello got to chat with her before her summer trends talk at Selfridge's in the Trafford Centre.

A lot of places like Reiss and Whistles are catering for the more grown-up girl. It can be a little more expensive, but the quality is great.

SA: What did you do before working at Grazia?
CM: Well, I'm a northern girl, from Cumbria, but I came to London to study English and kind of fell into doing PR. I did work experience with a few fashion PR companies and finally got my foot on the ladder. I worked my way up, and spent 11 years working in PR.

SA: How did you come to be the Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor for Grazia?
CM: I got my break working for Grazia in 2004. The architect of Grazia UK asked if I wanted to get on board. It was really flattering. She used to work for Elle,and she was going up the ladder as I was going up the ladder in PR. That was my big break in the magazine world, six years ago now.

SA: What is your typical day at work like?
CM: There is no typical day. You just have to roll up your sleeves and be ready to go with the flow. It's brilliant because you don't get set in your ways, things change, news happens, you have to react.

SA: Okay, for all the girls out there wanting your job, what experience can you give them?
Well I have a strange, unconventional way of doing things, so I'd say get as much experience as possible. Getting into a magazine, making a start - it's indispensable. It’s also about being in the right place at the right time.

SA: What are your favourite trends this season?
CM: That's so easy. For me it's all about super ultra bright colours. Jill Sander is one of my favourites. I think it's one of the first time designers have worked with fluro.

SA: Yeah I think people can be a bit scarred of working with fluro.
CM: Yeah they are. I’ll tell you why. It's always been regarded as the culture of street fashion and trainers. It's the first time it's come into the dimensional world, but I am embracing it whole heartily.

SA: What other trends are you a fan of this season?
CM: I love the whole 70s vibe - you know Yves Saint Laurent, the willowing, the glamour. I love it.

SA: Do you have a key item from this season?
CM: Yeah probably my fluro pink Jill Sander trousers. I mean you can get similar ones on the high street too - Cos and Zara do some really great ones.

SA: Do you have any ideas what you'll be wearing next season (autumn/winter 2011)?
CM: I think I'll be going quite androgynous. Lots of masculine tailoring. I really like that a lot.

SA: Me too. What's your definition of luxury?
CM: Well for me, it would definitely be time and options. In terms of fashion though, it would be exquisite craftsmanship, amazing fabrics and not selling out commercially.

SA: Speaking of not being commercial, do you ever buy from the high street?
CM : Yes of course, we have the best high street in the world. I think it's really interesting. The past couple of years, it's always been about the emergence of the upper level high street.

SA: Yeah a lot of people are buying more mid and upper market clothing now.
CM: That’s right. A lot of places like Reiss and Whistles are catering for the more grown-up girl. It can be a little more expensive, but the quality is great.

SA: Do you have any tips for shopping on a budget?
CM: Well at Grazia we always say 'don't bin it, spin it'.

SA: I love that saying
CM: Yeah, it's just about pulling out an old shirt dress and pairing it with an on-season skinny fluro belt. It's the little things that make a difference really.

See Charlie Miller’s favourite bright colour and 70s trend looks below. All outfits are available at Selfridges.

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