Get some outfit tips from one of the fashion industry’s most respected stylists
Catherine Hayward is hard to miss on account of her extravagant locks, which before they became uniformly steely boasted a badger stripe of grey in a sea of black. She is also one of the best-dressed fashion editors on the circuit, cutting a dash in the world of menswear with her distinctive combination of tailoring and casualwear that means she always looks elegant and contemporary. And never like she’s trying too hard. Today, Catherine is among the fashion industry’s most respected stylists. A former fashion editor at British GQ and fashion director of British Esquire, she now works for a number of global publications while also dressing a band of stylish celebrity individuals (male and female) for their public and media appearances. Reflecting Catherine’s menswear expertise, she is often to be seen in tailored jackets and trousers, and is partial to the odd man’s shirt, too. ‘The traditional male wardrobe is full of pieces that have migrated to womenswear, like trench coats, jeans, T-shirts and tailored jackets,’ she maintains. ‘If you feel comfortable in it, wear it.’
As soon as I check in on a business trip, I book myself a local blow dry and pedicure.
Where is the most fashionable destination you have been to?
Amangiri – a desert retreat near Bryce Canyon in Utah set in the most spectacular landscape.
What suitcase do you always travel with?
I’m lucky enough to have two beautiful, personalised cases by Louis Vuitton but I’m too worried to use them in case they are lost or stolen on the flight. So instead, I alternate between an enormous black Globe-Trotter or a large, wheeled case by Antler which is light and expandable but very strong.
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