3 minute masterclass: Olivia Rubin, fashion designer

Olivia Rubin is a name you need to know. Famed for her bold prints and quirky style, Rubin is a leading womenswear and print designer. A former Central St Martins student, she’s worked for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Dior and John Galliano and launched her own label Olivia Rubin London back in 2007.

This year, however, is all about her comeback. Following a two year break to have her children Chloe, 3 and Ella, 1, this superstar designer is back. She’s in big demand, too. Celebrities want her to dress them (Fearne Cotton, Rosie Fortescue, Denise Van Outen to name a few), top influencers and bloggers are desperate to wear her recent creations. In fact, most of her latest collection is already on pre-order. I’ve got my order in. I’d suggest you do the same.

We recently collaborated with the lady herself (take a look) holding an event to celebrate her Rainbow collection, so I took the opportunity to nab some top tips from the queen of dressing…

Olivia Rubin’s 3 rules on how to always look good in a dress

1. silhouette

Always choose a silhouette you feel comfortable in. If you’ve a hang up with your arms then go for a dress with a sleeve; if you prefer not to show legs then opt for a midi or maxi style. If you feel confident with the silhouette of the dress you’re buying, it will remain a classic that will be worn time and time again.

Olivia working the perfect silhouette
2. colour and print

It’s always great to experiment with colour and print. If you follow point No. 1, then you can afford to be more adventurous with a print. A bold pattern can be a striking choice, otherwise a micro print in a floral can be a subtler option. Go with your gut, if you see a print or colour that you immediately love, then buy it.

Olivia in the Ozzie maxi
3. dresses in the daytime

It’s amazing how a dress can transform your mood and the way you feel. There’s something about putting on a dress that makes you feel special. I say if you get in a wardrobe rut swap your jeans and t-shirt for a dress, whether it be a t-shirt maxi style, a cotton sundress in the summer, or a knitted mini in the winter – dresses in the daytime are the way forward.

Olivia in the Stella dress
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