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One and done is our new mantra. The denim jumpsuit or boiler suit is the number one style solution you out of the door looking perfectly put together and on-trend in a matter of minutes. The modern jumpsuit has been re-imagined to become what Vogue calls; “a fierce, figure-elongating classic.” It is a simple piece of clothing that is sexy, stylish and modern so you don’t have to worry about finding items to complement it. The jumpsuit or boiler suit is the perfect statement piece to be genuinely versatile so you’ll want to live in it. It can take you from boardroom to bar, from airport to evening event with a simple shoe change.

Jumpsuits were first invented in the early 20th century by Florentine artist Thayat as a practical piece designed for parachuting and later Elsa Schiaparelli and Chanel moved it into fashion circles - read more here. The boiler suit has even humbler beginnings as they were adapted from traditional workman’s overalls, and were popularised by women in munitions factories in the Second World War as reported by The Guardian. Nowadays, everyone from supermodel Kate Moss to the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and elegant barrister Amal Clooney have all fallen under the spell of the all-in-one, so here we chart our top picks of fashion's new favourite:


Sadie
As seen in The Sunday Times Style magazine, Sadie the Boiler Suit is our original denim all-in-one which launched back in 2015. Sadie, named after Sadie Frost, has been a firm favourite with the stars including Lisa Snowdon, Jenni Falconer, Angela Radcliffe and Caroline Sciamma plus influencers The London Chatter and Amy Neville. 

Sadie is a great option for casual weekends and can look best with a box fresh pair of white trainers. Sadie has a slim fit and straight leg, so you can take your normal size and wear it fitted or size up for a more relaxed, slouchy look. The star poppers fasten the jumpsuit up but you can wear this open with a camisole underneath or follow Caroline Sciamma’s example (below) by tying the top at the waist for extra versatility.

You can customise Sadie with badges or rips to personalise your boiler suit. Shop Sadie now in Fawcett Blue.

Dolly
Our Dolly the Flight Suit launched in 2017 as part of our 1973 collection and has worn by influencers including Donna Air, Lorna Luxe and Marissa Montgomery. Dolly the jumpsuit is a fitted all-in-one with a seductive centre zip ensuring a very slim fit.

This luxury jumpsuit can turn from a daytime look to evening in a flash. Team with Gucci loafers in the daytime for a chic look and switch to a Manolo Blahnik court shoe in the evening to amp up the drama. The contrasting gold hardware adds detail so you can keep jewellery to a minimum and let the jumpsuit do the work.

Try rolling the leg up to stay cooler in the Summer months or try snipping the hems off if you prefer a cropped look. This super stretch fabric is the most comfortable you’ll find so Dolly will become your go-to piece.

 

Try Dolly in Midnight Mission, a camouflage inspired print or the perfect worn-in blue denim wash called Garage. Shop Dolly the Flight Suit now.


Cassandra
Cassandra launched in 2019 as the perfect fitted and flared jumpsuit. This retro piece originates from the 70s and was modelled on a vintage shape. Cassandra is flattering on every figure with gentle shading on the thigh which flares out to the floor to create an elongated shape.

This re-worked jumpsuit is a dream for creating an hourglass figure with a centre zip and adjustable ties that cinch in at the waist. Pockets are the key to a versatile look and Cassandra has two large front pockets plus one at the back to carry the essentials.

Think Charlie’s Angels; team with Converse for daytime and switch to espadrilles, like fashionistas Millie Mackintosh and Lily Becker, for the evening. Cassandra is available in a stunning bright white Milk shade and Moonlight, the perfect vintage denim blue. Shop Cassandra the Jumpsuit now.



Jean Queen Donna Ida Thornton created the DONNA IDA collection for the girl who's wardrobe is centred around denim. The collection of iconic pieces celebrate every woman's figure with high waisted jeans and statement all-in-ones designed to shape and flatter.



Shop our denim jumpsuit and boiler suit collection online now.
As seen in The Times and The Telegraph, our London customers can use our VIP Harper Concierge service - find out more here.
Check out our permanent residence at The Capital Hotel every Wednesday

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We are delighted to announce that we have opened our new permanent residence at The Capital Hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge. Our new pop-up shop will be open every Wednesday where you will be able to shop our latest denim collections from 9am till 4pm. 
To make sure we have your favourite pieces in the correct sizes, you can get in touch with our denim advisor Annelise ahead of time on +44 7484 909150 and we’ll make sure you are looked after.
The Capital Hotel is a 5 star luxury boutique hotel in Knightsbridge located around the corner from the famous Harrods in London. Exuding English quintessential elegance, it is in easy reach of Sloane Street, Kings Road and the world acclaimed V&A Museum plus the historic Buckingham Palace. 
If you can't make our pop-up, don't worry, our London customers can take advantage of our VIP concierge service as seen in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. For just £10, shoppers can have a range of pieces brought to their home by Harper Concierge. Their trained stylists will help you select the perfect outfit and take away anything you don't want to keep straight away. Read more about the Harper Concierge service here.  
Date - Every Wednesday
Time - 9am - 4pm
Address - The Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT (room may vary from week to week so please check at reception)
Find out more about the hotel here 
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Rosie Fortescue is a born multi-tasker, which is a handy skill given her busy schedule which means she effortlessly switches from filming Made in Chelsea to attending fashion shows, writing her own blog and running her jewellery business. Rosie is part of the original cast of the BAFTA award winning TV show Made in Chelsea, which incidentally is hitting the screens of E4 on Monday 11th April at 9pm with their 11th series (it is a serious guilty pleasure at DONNA IDA so we have been counting down the hours). She would be forgiven for resting on her laurels given her popularity on the show, but Rosie's entrepreneurial nature and refined style led her to start up her own blog AtFashionForte where she updates her army of followers on her street style looks. Style is evidently Rosie's passion and she's a tastemaker for emerging designer brands and fashion forward trends which have amassed her over 480k Instagram  followers and in excess of 320k on Twitter. Last year Rosie expanded her brand by launching Rosie Fortescue Jewellery which offers beautiful luxury pieces that are designed to finish your outfit off with. We catch up with Rosie in her London home and find out how she styles her denim wardrobe.

 Rosie Fortescue Made in Chelsea wears DONNA IDA Cashmere, IDA jeansRosie Fortescue Jewellery

DONNA IDA: Where are you from and where did you grow up?

Rosie Fortescue: I was born in London and grew up here until I went to boarding school age 11 until 18. I then came back to London to do my History of Art degree at Goldsmiths. I am definitely a city girl at heart!

DONNA IDA: How did you get started in the fashion world?

Rosie Fortescue: I started my blog AtFashionForte  when I was finishing my degree and really wanted to start something creative that could be a great outlet for inspiration. I then started filming Made in Chelsea and documenting my outfits which has resulted in working with amazing brands. My blog has now been running for five years which is crazy!

DONNA IDA: Tell us about Fashion Week; what were your show highlights, and what are your survival tips?

Rosie Fortescue: I love the buzz of LFW and the Street Style outside shows. It's mad to see the photographers hounding people on every street corner before and after the shows but I love following Street Style photographers on Instagram and seeing the people that they snap. Survival tips are lots of sugar and not making my mistake of always drinking too much on the first night.

Rosie Fortescue wears My Sunday Morning blouse, Brokenbow jeansRosie Fortescue Jewellery

DONNA IDA: What are your tips for taking a great photo?

Rosie Fortescue: Being comfortable in front of the camera is essential. Whether you're the subject or taking the image. Unaware shots can also be great to capture a moment.

DONNA IDA: You recently launched Rosie Fortescue Jewellery – what can we expect from the collection?

Rosie Fortescue: The collection is colourful and playful and I want it to be worn by every jewellery lover to enjoy and have fun wearing my collection. I have just received my new samples from my next collection which I am beyond excited about!

DONNA IDA: What is your style advice for wearing your jewellery?

Rosie Fortescue: To have fun wearing it. Some pieces such as the Heart Trilogy necklaces and bracelets can be worn with everything but the Hexagon earrings for instance are a great statement piece for a night out.

Rosie Fortescue wears Mother Denim Flares, 360 Cashmere & Rosie Fortescue Jewellery

DONNA IDA: Which are your favourite jeans from our shoot and why?

Rosie Fortescue: I am totally obsessed with the Mother Denim flares. They make my legs look long which is always a winner and are super comfortable. I love the idea of wearing them with a jumper but also a cute blouse in the summer.

DONNA IDA: Why do you think jeans are such an iconic item?

Rosie Fortescue: They are the staple in every wardrobe. I have so many pairs I can't even count because you can always justify buying a new pair!

DONNA IDA: Who is your denim icon?

Rosie Fortescue: My denim icon has to be Olivia Palermo. She is so effortlessly cool in flares or skinny jeans.

Rosie Fortescue wears IDA Jeans, Paige Vest, ENES JacketRosie Fortescue Jewellery

DONNA IDA: Where in the world are girls best dressed? What kind of style do you admire?

Rosie Fortescue: I love the style in New York, but not forgetting London too! A city girl who looks chic without too much effort.

DONNA IDA: Describe your style highs and lows?

Rosie Fortescue: My lows have got to be as a young tomboy teenager. A lot of plaid shirt and jeans were worn but in the wrong way. Highs have to be discovering new styles and stepping out of my monochrome comfort zone.

DONNA IDA: What’s your favourite restaurant?

Rosie Fortescue: I am totally obsessed with The Wolsley and Berners Tavern. The interiors are stunning and the food is unreal.

DONNA IDA: Where’s your ultimate holiday destination?

Rosie Fortescue: I am desperate to go to Tulum. Nothing better than sun, margaritas and Mexican food!

Rosie Fortescue  wears Mother Denim jeans, DONNA IDA blouseRosie Fortescue Jewellery

DONNA IDA: What is your favourite fashion magazine?

Rosie Fortescue: I love InStyle. It's got great fashion picks and the imagery really inspires me.

DONNA IDA: What advice would you give to a younger you?

Rosie Fortescue: Be persistent with achieving my goals. Never give up.

DONNA IDA: The new series of Made in Chelsea starts soon, any gossip you can share with us?

Rosie Fortescue: Sadly I can't give anything away but it's sure to be a fiery season. We have filmed several episodes already and even I am shocked and excited about whats to come!

DONNA IDA: What’s next

Rosie Fortescue: My jewellery is my baby at the moment and I can't wait to watch it grow!

See more Rosie Fortescue Jewellery.

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Amy Neville travels the world as an international model and lives in London where she constantly seeks to inspire us with her fashion choices through her blog AmyNevFashionDiaries. Her behind the scenes approach, high flying lifestyle and sartorial choices have led to an army of fans on Instagram and YouTube who follow her every move from modelling with Kurt Geiger to shooting street style in Shoreditch. We caught up with the vivacious model to find out why denim is an essential part of her modern wardrobe.

Amy is wearing IDA Sadie Boiler Suit

DONNA IDA: Where are you from and where did you grow up?

I am from the countryside and a small town called Oakham in Rutlandshire, however I was always destined for the city! I said from the age of five to my parents that I would move to London and my personality is most certainly suited to city life.

Amy is wearing IDA Sadie Boiler Suit


DONNA IDA: How did you get started in the fashion world?

I started modelling when I was three years old and have loved the camera ever since! After a few years out, I started again after finishing school and there was a lot of rejection which was initially hard to accept but I stuck it out and realised it was this rejection that would make me stronger. I started my blog just over two years ago and my website launched in August.

Amy is wearing IDA Eliza Dungarees and 360 Sweater Beau Poloneck

DONNA IDA: What inspired you to start your blog?

Like most girls, I have always loved clothes and fashion.. I am an absolute believer in quick fashion and keeping on trend so I would spend most (all) of my modelling money on clothes and shoes! I was on a TV commercial shoot and I was waiting for hours when I first had the idea for showing girls behind the scenes and the latest looks BEFORE they hit the shops - meaning even faster fashion!

Amy is wearing IDA Rizzo jeans and Joie Bomber Jacket

DONNA IDA:What are your tips for taking a great photo?

Lighting... It is all about good lighting and a good (and sometimes patient) photographer of course! A good backdrop is also an essential - you might get a great shot and you might have a photo-bomber!

There is also a little app called Facetune too which you simply need to use (a bloggers secret), I don't care what anyone says, every girl has to have it!

Amy is wearing IDA Eliza Dungarees and 360 Sweater Beau Poloneck

DONNA IDA: Tell us about Fashion Week; what are your show highlights, what are you looking forward to and what are your survival tips?

My stand-out event was the Aspinal of London Show at Claridges, I have worked with them really closely over the past 12 months and we're currently working on an AmyNevFashionDiaries inspired bag which I can't wait to show you all!

Amy wears DONNA IDA On Stage Knit, IRO Leather Jacket and J Brand Leather Jeans

DONNA IDA: What are your wardrobe essentials and how do you wear your jeans?

My wardrobe essentials are a good staple leather jacket, biker boots and a great pair of jeans! (DONNA IDA of course ;) ) A nude pair of heels too, perfect for styling up any outfit..

I am really into the off-duty, relaxed, dressed down look at the moment - think distressed boyfriend jeans and chunky boots.

Amy wears DONNA IDA On Stage KnitIRO Leather Jacket and J Brand Leather Jeans

DONNA IDA: Why do you think jeans are such an iconic item?

Jeans are a wardrobe essential due to their versatility, with different cuts, colours and an answer for every occasion. There is a jean for all shapes and sizes and ultimately its all about how you wear them too which means you can still demonstrate individuality.

DONNA IDA: Which are your favourite jeans from our shoot and why?

My favourite from today's shoot are most definitely the IDA Rizzo High Top Skinny in Blackest and they are simply a wardrobe MUST. They can be worn with anything which is a big selling point for someone like myself who likes to chop and change between looks and a high waisted cut is always flattering as all of us girls always want our legs to look longer :) The IDA Sadie the Boiler Suit is super cool and definately my FAVE piece from the whole collection and one of the first items I wanted to feature this season on ANFD.

Amy wears 360Sweater Knit and Current/Elliott Jeans

DONNA IDA: Who is your denim icon?

It would have to be Victoria Beckham or Jessica Alba (my girl crush), they both rock the jeans look!

DONNA IDA: Where in the world are girls best dressed? What kind of style do you admire?

I would say L.A as I love the laid back, boho vibes ! The 'effortless look'... We're not too shabby here in London either though!

DONNA IDA: Describe your style highs and lows?

I would say my worst style years were the age of 16, I had 'Barbie' bleached blonde hair and used to cake on the make up and would wear all black!! This is certainly the reason I love anything colourful now making up for all of my dark years!

Amy wears 360Sweater Knit and Current/Elliott Jeans

DONNA IDA: What’s your favourite restaurant?

My favourite restaurant is Novikov as I am a lover of pizza and all things Italian!

I am engaged to marry in Italy in 2018, a destination picked purely on food... ;)

DONNA IDA: Where’s your ultimate holiday destination?

I am so lucky with my job that I get to travel around the world but it's very different when you get to go on holiday.

It would have to be the USA! They have great shopping, food and people..

DONNA IDA: What is your favourite fashion magazine?

I know its cliche but mine still has to be 'VOGUE'.

I used to collect every edition as a young girl and I remember it seemed so expensive back then when I used to get £5 a week pocket money and it would wipe out my piggy bank!

DONNA IDA: What advice would you give to a younger you?

Be more confident!

I look back and wish I had been more confident and believed in myself - I went to so many castings when I first started modelling and I would walk straight out of because I didn't feel I was as good as the other girls. It sounds silly but I have always been insecure like most girls, as much as they probably don't admit it. I think the industry I am in can make you even more picky about yourself but you have to learn to love yourself (not in an arrogant, cocky way) but just be secure in who you are. I have learnt to be more content in who I am, my job is like working in sales but your selling yourself to clients so you have to appear confident even if you aren't. Also the minute you stop caring what others think you can be yourself and the best side of you will come out..

DONNA IDA: What’s next?

I want to continue to grow @amynevfashiondiaries, I am in the process of moving houses and I have a designated blogging room so there is going to be lots more to come, so keep your eyes peeled :)
Follow AmyNevFashionDiaries on Instagram & YouTube.

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Tess Montgomery is a breath of fresh air; she’s bright, bubbly and exudes the kind of confidence that confirms she is in control of her world. Hailing from beautiful Sweden, she’s a model working in London with a fashion blog that has just reached the magic ten year mark. Her attitude is hardworking with a slice of fun and that shows in her style posts which are revered by her army of followers. We delved into the stylish world of Tess Montgomery.

Tess Montgomery wears 360 Sweater Jumper, J Brand Jeans and ARMY Coat

DONNA IDA: Where are you from and where did you grow up?

I'm originally from the very cold and beautiful Stockholm in Sweden. It's such a pretty place, but I craved a bigger city, so that's when I decided to move abroad. At first, I headed to New York and then I spent some time in Italy before settling in London almost 12 years ago.

DONNA IDA: How did you get started in the fashion world?

I started modelling as a young girl and straight away I was thrown into the magical land of fashion.
My mother has always been a fashionista and used to own two designer shops in Stockholm, so I grew up surrounded by the most spectacular designs from brands like YSL, Kenzo and Gaultier.

DONNA IDA: What inspired you to start your blog?

I started my blog 10 years ago, mainly as a way to communicate with my 4 younger sisters. I had such hectic days with castings and exploring London, that I didn't have the time to tell them about all my adventures. So I started blogging to let my family and friends know what I was up to. When I started there weren't a lot of blogs around, so there was no particular formula on how to blog. I did it all by guessing, it was truly a game of trial and error. It's really fun to look back at my old posts now, some of them are quite sweet.

DONNA IDA: Tell us about Fashion Week; what are your show highlights, what are you looking forward to and what are your survival tips?

I love Fashion Week and try to attend both Stockholm and London. It brings out the creativity in people and not only do we get inspired by what floats down the catwalk but also by what our friends and colleagues are wearing.It's such a fest of expression and beautiful design. In Stockholm Ida Stöstedt's show is always a highlight and in London, Burberry is my most coveted invite, (I'm obsessed with Christopher Bailey). My survival tip is to always carry water, blister plasters, paracetamol and a pair of flat shoes in your bag. And to eat whenever you get the chance!

Tess wears Joie Addie B BlouseJ Brand Jeans

DONNA IDA: What are your tips for taking a great photo?

Light is really important. Make sure you get loads of lovely natural light and try not to take photos of people when the sun is too high in the sky, it makes them look really tired. To look good in pictures you have to just be relaxed and if all fails - smile. At least, you will look like you had fun instead of a grumpy face.

DONNA IDA: Why do you think jeans are such an iconic item?¨

It's young, sexy and incredibly versatile. Depending on cut and colour you could wear it at almost any occasion. Jeans really have that "I woke up looking this amazing" feel about them.

DONNA IDA: Which are your favourite jeans from our shoot and why?

I really love the Current/Elliott jeans with the dots. It's such a great fun take on a classic jean and the fit is insane.

Tess wears Current/Elliott Jeans & DONNA IDA On Stage Jumper

DONNA IDA: Who is your denim icon?

At the moment it's probably Farrah Fawcett or Claudia Schiffer in those Guess advert days. All flared, big hair and high waists.

DONNA IDA: Where in the world are girls best dressed? What kind of style do you admire?
It's so much fun going to different countries and watching what people wear. I love the unapologetic Italian ladies in Milan just as much as the grungy girls in Shoreditch. I'm not going to be a cliché and say Paris, but the French do know how to put together an effortless outfit. I really admire when people go their own way and do their own thing with clothes. Clever people who match unexpected items and wear their wardrobe in a hundred different ways.

DONNA IDA: Describe your style highs and lows?
I don't really believe in style lows, it's all about the journey of experimenting and having fun. Saying that, I could possibly have done without my step mums old hand-me-downs in my early teens. My style highs are when I wear something I love, feel great and are going somewhere fabulous with amazing people. Like wearing floaty goldentrousers to a lovely dinner at Claridges recently.

DONNA IDA: Where’s your ultimate holiday destination?
I really badly want to go to Japan. The culture is fascinating and the people seem so lovely and polite. I have also heard that the shopping is meant to be pretty spectacular.

Tess wears DONNA IDA Jumper &  J Brand Jeans

DONNA IDA: What are your wardrobe essentials and how do you wear your jeans?

My wardrobe essentials are fun shoes and bags, then the in-between kind of comes and goes. As long as you wear one truly amazing piece of clothing, the rest of your outfit will come together around it. I'm always up for trying out different jean styles and right now I'm really into the DIY approach to jeans with interesting hems and customisation.

 Tess wears IDA Eliza DungareesDONNA IDA Blouse & IRO Jacket

DONNA IDA: What’s your favourite restaurant?
There are so many! I'm a massive foodie and so is the hubby, so we end up eating out a lot.
I went to Sexy fish recently and the food, setting and the atmospherewas on point. We sat in the ‘Reef Room' downstairs and it's truly stunning.  The restaurant I go to most often is a Peruvian called "Mommi" in Clapham. The vegetarian set menu is to die for, if you are in the area you have to check it out. In Stockholm, my favourite restaurant is Tures, ever time I'm there I go for lunch and some people watching with my mother and we always have the steak tartar. 

DONNA IDA: Where’s your ultimate holiday destination?
I really badly want to go to Japan. The culture is fascinating and the people seem so lovely and polite. I have also heard that the shopping is meant to be pretty spectacular.
DONNA IDA: What is your favourite fashion magazine?
I have to say Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In my teens I bought them for the pictures, now it's more for the articles. I know that if I read a Vogue back to back, it will take exactly the 2.5 hours it takes to fly to Sweden.

Tess wears Rabens Saloner  and DONNA IDA Jumper Hepburn Roll

DONNA IDA: What advice would you give to a younger you?
Keep on believing in yourself and relax and trust that it all will work out. Don't listen to what anyone says, chase your dreams, work hard and it will happen. Oh, and wear whatever you fancy, you dress for you, not for anyone else!
DONNA IDA: What’s next?
There is so much I want to do, see and experience. But most of all I want to keep working hard on TessM.se

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For SS17, Donna Ida Thornton’s collection is International Denim Jet Set and editor Lisa Haynes epitomises this lifestyle. Lisa lives and breathes fashion with her finger on the pulse working in the heart of London; she’s trend savvy, cool and stylish. She’s also a modern women who has a passport and is not afraid to use it (just check out her Instagram for Jet Set envy!) as she is frequently travelling the world to glamorous destinations. Take a look at her top tips and pieces to covet for 2017.

DONNA IDA: What fashion trends from 2016 are staying for 2017? What can we send to charity shop/re-sell/store and what will we keep wearing?

Sleeves are taking on a life of their own at the moment so hold on to any exaggerated, blown-out shapes for SS17. DKNY also did major dangly ones, which I particularly love because it means I never have to remember my gloves. I’m also happy the PJ trend continues with robe-like billowy jackets and relaxed trousers. I adored all of Lanvin’s stripy numbers - way too good to be confined to the bedroom.

Speaking of sleepwear, those duvet-style quilted jackets will need to go into storage once spring lands (please?). And then they can be recycled for ski seasons and hangover days.

Lisa is wearing IDA Eliza Dungarees and FRAME top

DONNA IDA: What denim trends are you seeing coming through for SS17?

Distressed details, released hems, and frayed edges on denim are bigger than ever next season - the customisation trend is just going to keep exploding. I’m also seeing denim skirts or shorts layered over jeans, which is a bit of a niche trend that I’ve only seen Gigi Hadid pulling off so far…

DONNA IDA: How important is customisation and distressing for jeans?

I'm o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with customisation at the moment. I've even started scanning jean rails from the bottom up to see if they have a distressed hem! It's all about injecting some individuality into your denim to make it work for you, whether that's snipping a hem to flatter your legs, or adding motif badges Gucci-style for a talking point.

DONNA IDA: How should we be wearing jeans for 2017? What shall we style them with?

If you tend to go with straight or skinny jeans, try wearing a top or sweater with mahoosive bell shape sleeves to add some interest and ramp up a casual look. Ellery is absolutely killing it with the statement silhouettes.

If you do more of a slouchy boyfriend or flared shape, experiment with next season’s bralettes, a la Victoria Beckham SS17 (midriffs, optional). Just throw a white or grey tee underneath and your nod to the Nineties is sorted.

Lisa is wearing IDA Ginger Leather Track Pant

DONNA IDA: What are your favourite jeans from the shoot?

I didn’t want to take off the IDA Jeanie jeans, which were customised with one generous shred up each inner ankle. I wouldn't necessarily pick up a flare or bootcut style but the customisation a) looked like the jeans had been made for my legs. b) made my pins look a gazillion times longer because the hems practically kiss the floor. And c) I’m obsessed.

Lisa is wearing IDA Jeanie Customised jeans and DONNA IDA Downtime Jumper in Slate

DONNA IDA: What are your top three stylist tips for the perfect wardrobe?

My styling mantra:

1. Plan your outfit from the shoe up. If you’ll be running around, the jeans/trousers/skirt you wear will need to work with flats or low heels. If it’s an Uber kinda day, you can get away with a look that demands an indecently high heel (aka my favourite).

2. Don’t always go by size. My wardrobe literally ranges from a size 6-16 because I like to play around with proportions a lot. For example, I love wearing an oversize borrowed-from-boyfriend denim jacket to pare down a silk slip dress.

3. Find your go-to statement lipstick. A bold bright or uber-dark mouth can take your outfit to a whole other level. I'm all over Tom Ford’s Dark and Stormy at the moment for a gothica lip.

DONNA IDA: As a fashion girl - what do you do when you have nothing to wear?

Anyone who knows me well gives me a funny look when I say I have nothing to wear! But if I am having one of those days (who doesn’t) I throw on my failsafe, monochrome to cheat feeling put-together. Usually black skinnies, a white Vince tee or sweater, black leather biker jacket, and a pile-on of gold trinket-y jewellery and I’m out of the door(ish).

Lisa is wearing IDA Pimp My Margot Denim Culottes

DONNA IDA: What pieces are you coveting for new season?

Next season I'm coveting some Lanvin-esque stripy floatiness, more silly sleeves, and basically anything multi-buckled (thanks, Carven). I’m also on the lookout for a fresh new denim shape to give my skinnies a break - IDA’s Pimp My Margot Culotte with raw released hem has spring written all over them. I used to wear a trend top-to-toe but now it’s more about what works with my current wardrobe.

Follow on Twitter: Fashion & Beauty Editor Lisa Haynes

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fashionbeautyed/ 

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For SS17, International Jet Set defines the DONNA IDA and IDA edit where Donna Ida Thornton has designed a collection to take the modern woman anywhere in life with key pieces that work in any occasion. Angela Radcliffe and Caroline Sciamma of newly formed stylist due Radcliffe & Sciamma embody this mantra as stylists that are forever travelling from one corner of the globe to another. They live and work by mixing luxury basics with statement pieces and beautiful accessories, changing up a look with the addition of a silk bow, or finishing it off with a printed scarf.

 

The duo have a wealth of experience, both starting their careers as fashion models, gracing the pages of premium magazines including Vogue and Elle as well as walking the catwalks for Yves Saint Laurent and Hermes. Since then, both women have gone on to forge independent careers in styling before joining together to create Radcliffe & Sciamma.

They have brought together a roster of celebrity and A-list clients who appreciate their vast experience, originality and style. When we arrive for our shoot in Notting Hill, Angela and Caroline’s workspace is a hive of glamorous activity.

Designer clothes and glitzy heels are being wrapped, packed and dispatched to well-heeled women throughout the duration of our Style Insider session, but we managed to delve deep into the wardrobes of expert travellers Angela and Caroline to get their top tips for packing for a week away:

1) CAPSULE WARDROBE

Staying true to your signature style with an edited wardrobe is key to easy packing. “I don’t buy a lot but every piece is a winner,” explains Angela. "Every piece goes with everything else and I stick to my signature style. I literally only take hand luggage for anything up to a week to ten days and the only time I take a full set of luggage is when I go skiing. So for example, if I was packing for a short trip, I’d pack, one pair of high heels, one pair of leather jeans and one pair of jeans, then a selection of shirts to mix and match."

2) PLAN IT

The more time you spend beforehand, the less stress packing will cause you. "Our outfits are so planned,” says Caroline. “It’s always frustrating when you take a small suitcase and you can’t take all of your options. As stylists we’re so used to having so many options so it does need to be really focused on your outfit and the exact shoes.”

3) ALWAYS BE READY

Having your travel toiletries on standby is a fantastic time saver. “This is my bag of toiletries, which is the whole kit for a week,” Angela says holding up a large plastic makeup bag filled with small plastic bottles from Muji. “So if I’m going away for one week to ten days I just pick this up.That’s got Keratin Shampoo, sun cream, fake tan for the face, small perfume samples, Tom Ford Shimmer Cream if I’m dancing all night, Hydrocortisone Cream just in case, dry shampoo and so on. When I get home from that trip I just refill all my bottles and it just lives in my suitcase all year round so it is ready to go. ”

 

4) ROLL IT

The Marie Kondo magic of tidying has inspired a generation but Angela has always been a natural clever packer. “My mum is like it and my sister is like it too,” she says as she rolls clothes to pack. “I also use the small spaces in between the clothes to fit smaller things in, like bikinis or socks or my TRX Band from Equilibrium http://www.weareequilibrium.com  so I can workout on my travels. It is amazing how much space there is in a small suitcase when you are careful about how you pack."

 

5) PRACTICAL TIPS

The most practical advice is perhaps the most useful. "I’m really frightened of losing luggage so I always keep a photocopy of the family passports just in case,” Angela reveals. “My family once lost their luggage in Naples and it would have been a nightmare if it had not been for photocopied passports in another bag.” 6) LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES Even being a top stylist doesn’t mean you don’t make the odd packing mistake. "Sometimes its a disaster, taking a small bag,” Angela confesses. "I once I went to New York for Fashion Week and just took one pair of flat shoes, thinking I would wear the same pair the whole time. But unfortunately I just felt too casual the whole time that I didn’t have a high shoe. I was running to shows and I didn’t have time to go and buy any so I always regretted not packing more."

 

 7) AND FINALLY

Radcliffe & Sciamma are frequent flyers so often bringing pieces back from their travels. “We will take an extra soft bag and fold it up in the top so that you have the option of picking up new pieces on your trip,” Caroline explains. As for airport attire they will always be spotted wearing their heaviest and biggest pieces including chunky boots and fur coats to travel in.

For more information on Radcliffe & Sciamma click here: http://www.terrimanduca.co.uk/artists#/stylists/radcliffe_&_sciamma

For all enquiries please contact Jonathan Phang at Terri Manduca jonathan@terrimanduca.co.uk 

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London Fashion Week is a hotly anticipated occasion as the city buzzes with the arrival of fresh new looks, hot heels, fabulous gossip and cocktail parties galore. This season, Donna Ida Thornton's AW17 '1973 Collection' celebrates retro styles with Californian vibes and soft, feminine styling. Donna celebrated the launch of the new collection at The Ivy Soho Brasserie which opened recently on Broadwick Street in easy reach of London Fashion Week and moments away from the main shopping areas on Oxford Street.

Celebrating with a Champagne breakfast with strong coffee, mini pastries and the fash-pack favourite avocado on toast, Donna welcomed stylish friends Lisa Snowdon, Angela Radcliffe and Caroline Sciamma and influencer LornaLuxe to see the new range.

Donna, inspired by long time icon Dolly Parton wears DONNA IDA Crazy for the Colonel Blouse in Table Top Blues with Boy Dazzler Jeans. Blogger and Instagram star LornaLuxe wears IDA Dolly The Zip Flight Suit in I Feel Love.

The Ivy Soho Brasserie is the latest in a long and fabulous line of restaurants for the Ivy Collection and has been decorated with beautiful artworks inspired by Soho's music scene and Parisian style seating.

Click here to book at The Ivy Soho Brasserie. If you're a stockist and would like to see more of the collection click here.

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Donna Ida Thornton’s SS17 collection International Denim Jet Set is inspired by modern women who work, travel and enjoy life using a capsule wardrobe of cool jeans, statement blouses and sumptuous cashmere.

IDA Look Book SS17 International Jet Set

Donna Ida Thornton said; “International Denim Jet Set is an edit of the modern wardrobe with all the key pieces to take you anywhere in life. In this digital, modern age, our time is precious and we all require fashionable clothes that are versatile and hardwearing so that was my starting point when designing this collection."

Donna Ida Thornton teams Margot with Walk On By The Boho Blouse

Donna explains; "I love wearing Sadie the Boiler Suit as it is the perfect travelling partner for total comfort and luxury, so I’ve updated it in a beautiful new lightweight tencel. I’ve introduced Pimp my Margot the high-rise Culotte with the new embroidered waist to take you from the plane straight to a dinner worn with the beautiful Boho Blouse. The new denim shapes Boy Dazzler and Sidney are on-trend to wear with cashmere jumpers and trainers en route and switch to heels and a silk blouse for drinks on arrival. International Denim Jet Set will keep you cool, calm and fashionable wherever you are in the world.”

IDA Pimp My Margot Plaited Culotte

Pimp My Margot is an updated design of the best-selling high-waisted Margot the Culotte which was introduced for SS16. The new style features mid-blue retro inspired wash called 60s Bardot and a plaited waistband with a released hem on the 23.5 inch wide hem. The new direction embraces a vintage feel with intricate details adding to the 70s vibe with the high-waist adding shape with a cinched in look.

IDA Pimp My Margot Plaited Culotte £185

Denim styles continue to embrace the ‘awkward’ fashion leg lengths which have grown in popularity in 2016. For SS17, the IDA Boy Dazzler is a high-waisted straight leg reminiscent of the retro 90s shapes in a worn-in authentic blue wash which is emblazoned with oversized white stars. Boy Dazzler has a 24 3/4 inch leg with a 15 inch leg opening meaning that it will be a cool cropped style.

IDA Boy Dazzler 90s High Top Straight in Star Spangled

For added versatility, the hems of this style can be released to add extra length or snip off the hems for an unfinished look. Kitty Kat from IDA is a high-waisted cropped mini boot which has a little kick from the 14 inch leg opening. This style comes in new wash Blackest for SS17 and features a neat finished hem that sits just above the ankle and looks perfect with trainers and flats.

IDA Kitty Kat Cropped Mini Boot in Blackest

Sidney from IDA is a high-rise Cropped Straight Leg which has a more relaxed leg profile with a 13 1/2 inch leg opening and a casual unfinished hem to team with chunky boots or sporty flats.

IDA Sidney Cropped Straight in State Fair Curved Stepped Hem Jean

IDA’s best-selling Rizzo the Ankle Skinny returns for SS17 in a new wash Planetary in a classic high-rise, slim fitting shape.

IDA Rizzo Ankle Skinny in Planetary

The relaxed Sadie the Boiler Suit is transformed by a lightweight tencel fabric in an army shade called Private Benjamin. The DONNA IDA collection offers tops, cashmere and accessories to complement the denim range.

Donna Ida Ahoy There Milk with Hello Sailor Stripes

DONNA IDA’s signature cosy cashmere is updating for SS17 with nautical style A-Hoy There Jumper featuring a traditional anchor and stripes to team with crisp white jeans or true blue jeans. oft pastel shades are on trend for SS17 with delicate ice cream shades adding a sweet touch to your Spring wardrobe. Lauren the V Neck in Petal Pink is a pretty and loose shape, Bonnie in Raspberry Crush is a sorbet coloured fitted style and Summer in the City in Candy Girl features multicoloured stripes.

Donna Ida Lauren Petal Pink Jumper
DONNA IDA Bonnie 3/4 Sleeve Knit in Raspberry Crush
Donna Ida Summer In The City Candy Girl Jumper

The Arm Candy Blouse in Noir Tassel Lace embraces an retro 70s look to wear with cool high rise denim and chunky heels for an evening look. The best-selling Miss Maggie Blouse  returns for SS17 in all new colours which is an easy layering piece for the season in Sunshine, Vibrant Cornflower, Navy Spot Debby and Milk Poplin.

Shop DONNA IDA Collection & IDA Jeans.

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Last month we celebrated our birthday in style marking A Decade of Denim with a special new style called IDA Eliza the Relaxed Dungaree in Plum Jam and in this blog post we'll show you ways to style it. Donna opened her Chelsea boutique ten years ago and  is pictured below on the day of the 10th Birthday with her very first customer Georgia Zaris outside the store.

The dungarees have been designed to encapsulate ten years of denim with a coated denim and an on-trend slouchy skinny profile. We were joined by our friends and influencers who all received a customised denim IDA Hold Me Tote Bag with purchase which was customised by Avery Dennison. Jean Queen Donna Ida Thornton also covered her Eliza Dungarees in patches for our pop-up at Soho Farmhouse and teamed it with the DONNA IDA Greta Blouse in black lace.

The dungarees are easy to wear as styled by Kelly Eastwood aka TheLondonChatter with a Bella Freud 1970 Jumper underneath and a pair of grey sneakers. Blogger duo and designers Hannah & Alice aka Belle & Bunty teamed their Eliza Dungarees with delicate blouses underneath finished off with statement bags and sunglasses. Get the Gloss's Susannah Taylor picked a lightweight knit to style underneath her dungarees whereas Tatler's Luciana Bellini added a sheer black lace camisole from Hanky Panky. Model Tess Montgomery and blogger Monikh Dale both added black to balance out the colour and finished off with casual flats. Chrissabella picked out a striped knit and Balenciaga bag to finish off her look and Arianna Trapani added a leather jacket to toughen the look up.

Shop IDA Eliza Relaxed Dungarees.

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