If anyone’s nailed the art of effortless chic, it’s Candice Lake. It’s not just the insider tips gleaned from her runway days walking for Ralph Lauren, Versace, Alberta Ferretti, and others; nor the fact that she’s a six-footer (although that helps); nor her intelligence (former Law student, with a B.A. Hons in photography).
Where are you based these days?
I currently live in London, and I’m excited about springtime!
Your favorite place to be at this time of year?
I love London. The city’s gardens come alive and wild meadows burst with color. People come out of hibernation, and there’s a crispness in the air—it’s absolute heaven.
The northern hemisphere brings logistical issues as regards dressing for spring—some days chilly, some warm. How do you manage your wardrobe at this time of year?
I adore the arrival of spring; it means the harsh winter is behind us and languorous warmth lies ahead. I mark this by doing a big spring-clean and moving my winter coats into storage to make way for my spring wardrobe. This opens up my closet to pretty summer dresses that can be layered with soft cashmere sweaters with tights and boots for the months that are still a bit cold. I also like to keep some turtleneck sweaters to wear under slip dresses, making sure the knit is very fine so they keep me warm without bulking up my look. Conversely, I love to juxtapose shapes—an oversized bright sweater looks amazing paired with a short/tight skirt. Perfect for the transitioning season.
What tips can you give readers on how to layer up without looking like a bag of laundry? Are there rules?
If you’re going oversized with a coat or sweater, ensure that your dress or pants are tight in order to keep your look streamlined. You don’t want your look to “wear you,” so to speak.
Can you advise on good spring basics worth investing in?
I would invest in a super-chic assortment of very thin-knit, tight sweaters or turtlenecks. They’re perfect for wearing under beautiful summer dresses. It’s also a great way to tone down a dressy piece, turning it from evening into day. An oversized blazer goes with everything and is perfect for transitioning to the warmer days while still looking cool in the evening.
What trends did you spot on the SS17 catwalks—any that you’ll be adopting for spring?
• If there’s one color you need to be wearing come spring, it’s pink. When you see it on the runways of Céline, Givenchy and Chanel you know it’s the color you’ll be seeing on everyone.
• Sleeves have also gone oversized and bold, and while it may not be the most sensible of trends, it’s certainly a fun one!
• I also loved how Givenchy embellished their otherwise simple eveningwear with bold crystals. It’s the perfect way to brighten up a classic look and transition into the warmer months.
Do you take a different approach to food in spring, or are such details wishful thinking with a toddler around?
We eat really well. I always try to buy things that are in season. We shop at the local farmers’ markets, pick herbs from our garden, and eat as locally as we can. The River Café’s cookbook is great, because it’s all about eating seasonally. In spring we love new carrots, broad beans, and lots of fresh salads with light pea soups. Having said that, chocolate and champagne are to be found in our fridge all year round!
Any upcoming events for which we should save the date this spring?
The serpentine party in London heralds the arrival of warmer weather, and signals that it’s time to pull out your lovely dresses. I also love the Cartier Queen’s Cup polo event in London.
Photography: Candice Lake