Natasha meets Camilla Ridley-Day, former Deputy Fashion Editor at The Daily Mail, founder of Camilla Ridley-Day Bridal and self confessed organisation junkie.
Camilla worked for Vogue in Madrid at just 17, worked her way up to Fashion Editor at The Daily Mail in just 7 years, and today is the saving grace of brides-to-be. On her own wedding three years ago she wore a glorious corded lace and crystal couture Bruce Oldfield dress! By Natasha Claydon
What did you do this morning?
I am not a great morning person! I never get up particularly quickly or speedily and so self discipline helps…along with a cup of lapsang souchong tea with a good serving of milk. That’s my morning fix. That, and a flick through the latest bride and style news. Working in a paper you get used to working very quickly and I now can’t work at a slow pace. I love the Daily Mail website and so can’t resist a morning glimpse for the latest to get me going. I should probably get a dog. That would get me up earlier.
Who inspires you?
How would you describe your earlier career?
- When I first started work it was unpaid work experience…and not even travel expenses were covered. It was for Spanish Vogue in Madrid and I walked to work each morning. I worked my way up to Deputy Fashion Editor with the Daily Mail here in London. It’s been an incredible journey and I still freelance for them now.
What has been your defining moment?
- At 17, and in 2008. At 17 I was walking to work, Spanish Vogue in Madrid and I remember thinking to myself ‘I can’t believe you can have a career that is this much fun!’ No one had email. Everyone was sending faxes. It was such a different world. How could you not fall in love with it, and I did. And then in 2008 when I was shopping for my own wedding dress; I remember walking into a couple of bridal shops and feeling intimidated. The advice I was getting was commission and sales driven. The people were quite pushy. I was with my mum and I remember thinking ‘Gosh this is the world I work in and even I feel intimidated.’ The experience should be a special, unrivalled one with advice that is unbiased and right for each individual. That was the start of Camilla Ridley-Day Bridal.
What makes this all worthwhile for you?
What's your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Do you have a hidden talent?
I can’t resist asking what Camilla’s lasting impression of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress will be…?
- I thought Kate's dress was stunning. She managed to achieve the balance of finding something that was totally fitting with her style whilst still having the drama and impact needed for Westminster Abbey and a Royal wedding. She wore the dress, it didn't wear her! Grace Kelly's dress is my classic all-time favourite and Kate's has many references to that in a modern way - I'm sure it will look just as beautiful for decades to come.
Camilla runs Camilla Ridley-Day Bridal.
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Camilla on her wedding day