Forget what you think you may or may not know about our next BabyFace lady, Phoebe-Lettice Thompson. Yes she was scene-stealing Queen of ‘reality’ tv show, Made In Chelsea, but the Phoebe-Lettice of actual, real life couldn’t be further from what you’ve imagined. When Phoebe took the creative reigns for a collaborative collection at relatively little known brand, Illustrated People, back in 2014 we didn’t know what to expect (Snooki has a clothing line- naw what we’re saying?). Had we done our research we might have known better. Age 16 she interned for British couturier Bruce Oldfield (he made dresses for Princess Di, don’t cha know) before assisting at Tatler, freelancing at American Vogue and Wonderland and has assisted some of the most highly-respected stylists in the game today. Then we saw the collection and all doubts were quelled. Having been obsessed with Japanese Harajuku culture since the age of eleven, the collection was head–to-toe a Kawaii dream. Think Zelda meets Devon in The Fast and the Furious with a little pinch of Sporty Spice; baby pink basket-ball shorts, Pepto-Bismol hued turtle necks and crop tops in gooey-eyeball and T-rex prints. Cute! Plus, the whole cahoot sold out in Topshop. Go. Figure.
Needless to say Illustrated People got everything down in writing as soon as they could and Phoebe’s later appointment as Creative Director made absolute sense. IP fast became one of the high-street’s hottest brands and she now designs, styles and shoots all the labels’ collections. AW15 will be her first full collection (and it launched last week and it’s very legit FYI). Now, Illustrated People’s warehouse-conversion, Brick Lane HQ, looks like the inside of Phoebe’s head: Caffe Latte Coconut water, Smartie-encrusted cookies, gem-encrusted Mac books and fluffy pens. T shirts with slogans like ‘Dump Him’ printed across the chest lay strewn over the backs of chairs as Phoebe’s super-duper all-girl team push racks of fruit pastille coloured clothes about the office. IP are now stocked on Nasty Gal; have a V Files collaboration dropping this month and, and, they’ve teamed up with yours truly on some pretty angelic t-shirts soon to be available for your lovely purchase. None of this would be the case if it weren’t for Phoebe. She’s hands down one of the hardest working people around. While we’re crawling around our bedroom floors, late for work, hunting out a missing Converse, Phoebe has normally already taken an hour long boxing class (we went along once and let’s just say she showed us up), answered emails and already held a meeting, all with a fresh slick of red lipstick firmly in place.
On top of all this Phoebe is our ultimate good-time lady: in fact she carried a watermelon all the way to Glastonbury. For cocktails. Duh. When she was little she did have a sneaking suspicion that she was a vampire which may answer some serious questions we have about her super-woman schedule... Phoebe 4 eva