Alexis wears a dress by Victoria Beckham (shop it here)
We meet with our fabulous investor Alexis Fosler who opens her house and wardrobe for us, telling us about her style, her favorite designers and places to shop (online of course!) as well as her two cents on the fashion industry.
Arriving at Alexis’ house in Chinatown for the photo shoot, she opens the door, looking stylish and casual in jeans and a shirt, her usual outfit when she is not working she tells us.
As she motions us to enter, we stand in awe of her incredible shop house that was extensively rebuilt to her specifications and that has won numerous international design awards. The house is a study in minimalism with a stunning pool on the ground floor and we get even more excited of photo shooting her in these gorgeous surroundings. But first things first: Alexis, born in Hong Kong but English nonetheless, offers us a cup of tea and we settle down to have a chat.
Alexis wears a dress by Stella McCartney (shop it here)
StyleTribute: Alexis, what is style, to you?
Alexis: I associate style with confidence! If I see a woman walking down the street standing tall, smiling, and looking confident and comfortable in her own skin, that’s true style. I also associate style with elegance and grace. From a personal perspective, I prefer minimal accoutrements that let the wearer do the talking.
ST: How would you define your style? Has it evolved through the years?
A: I’ve definitely come to know which designers suit me best. In my twenties and thirties, my wardrobe was almost entirely black but after retiring for seven years and living in the Caribbean, I am now much more comfortable in colour. At work, I’ve always been known for my towering heels – there was a time when I wouldn’t have been seen dead in anything less than a 4 inch heel. These days, I prefer comfort to pain and so I confess that I own three pairs of flats. I recently bought the Gucci Mules and practically live in them…
ST: Who are your style icons?
A: Audrey Hepburn for her timeless elegance and grace. My mother, who was one of the most elegant women I have ever known and who also had a penchant for sky high heels.
ST: Which designer do you most admire?
A: I think it has to be Armani. If I look at my wardrobe, the pieces that have served me best and longest are all Armani. His cut suits me perfectly and he is my go to designer for work. I am also a huge fan of Alexander McQueen for beautifully cut clothes with drama and flair, and otherwise wear a lot of Dolce and Gabbana and Victoria Beckham.
ST: Go-to places to shop (online and offline)?
A: I am ashamed to admit that I am a net a porter junkie and EIP – I’m not sure that’s such a good thing! As an investor in StyleTribute, I always keep an eye on the site, and have made some fabulous purchases.
The pool that links the main house to the kitchen – a genius idea!
ST: What is your approach to dress more sustainably? Do you own many pre-loved fashion pieces?
A: I do – Most recently I have bought a stunning vintage Chanel handring on Styletribute, along with a Givenchy bowling bag, a pair of fabulous Gucci Mules and an Isabel Marant dress. I had my eye on the Givenchy bambi tote recently, but it was snapped up before I could get to it!
ST: What do you think about the current environment in the fashion world? Do you think we are moving towards a more sustainable way of dressing and being fashionable?
A: I don’t – I really think that one day we will look back at our consumption and be absolutely horrified that we kept producing and producing goods with no thought at all to the planet. One of the reasons I invested in Style Tribute is because I am absolutely passionate about repurposing goods – why shouldn’t a bag or a pair of shoes have multiple lives? Why can’t I be fashionable and consume consciously?
ST: Where do you see the fashion industry headed in the future?
A: My hope is that one day the fashion industry will be purely focused on recycling – whether it is in their use of materials or in repurposing existing goods. I don’t think it’s going to happen for a very long time – but if we don’t start doing something about our waste and consumption, our future is uncertain. I believe in #fashionfortheplanet.
Alexis wears a dress by Mary Katrantzou (shop it here)