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From the Front Row: Alexandra Schulman

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The (now-former) brains behind British Vogue, Alexandra Schulman isn’t your average high luxe editor-in-chief.

She's mastered stylish workwear but is more at home in off the rack than haute couture. Schulman is more likely to be battling it out in the press bullpen than coiffing on champagne in the VIP area.

Vogue’s real woman on the ground, she’s been there for all the backstage trials and tribulations since 1992 – and this year, she will be helping celebrate the prestigious magazine’s 100th anniversary with an access all areas account of her time behind the desk of the world’s most important fashion journal.

A driving force that has steered the magazine through tough times and on to pastures anew, her long list of accolades at the helm of one of the world’s most revered style books is lengthy. The woman who convinced the notoriously private Duchess of Cambridge to pose as cover girl for their biggest issue yet, Schulman is a straight talking, ball-breaking businesswoman with no time for tears or tantrums.

Famously turning Naomi Campbell away from a fashion shoot for time wasting, the humble high priestess is unphased by the near god-like allure of high fashion – keeping things strictly business at all times.

Standing out against size zero and body shaming, Schulman has been in strong opposition of many notable fashion practices - looking for real-life heroines to replace celebrities as role models for the next generation of empowered women like herself.

Always suited and booted in a fuss-free selection of classic midi skirts and formal blazers, Schulman is a woman after our own hearts, that’s why this week we’ve dedicated an outfit to the reigning queen of British Vogue…

Notoriously paparazzi-proof, you won’t find our leading lady dripping in diamonds or sporting this season’s IT items, because after more than 10 years in the biz - she knows true style is timeless. Working with silhouettes that suit her figure, our classic VAUGHAN Bettie shirt is right up her alley.

Worn with a cheeky plunge line front, this pure silk shirt is the perfect everyday design with a simple versatility. Styled with a colour clash pleated midi skirt, our simple blouse slips elegantly into the high waistband – giving all body shapes that elusive hourglass figure.

A woman with a minute-to-minute schedule, Britain’s busiest woman doesn’t have time to play around, that’s why she’s mastered the mid-instep heel. Ideally suited to the fast-paced corporate world, these pretty in pink stiletto lace-ups are the perfect balance between fashion and function.

Worn with a next generation YSL leather briefcase/tote, this ideal holdall is a streamlined design that neatly holds all life’s essentials (and this month’s copy of Vogue, of course). Topped off with a pair of shoulder-grazing big jewelled earrings and the all singing, all dancing Hermés collab iWatch, our fabulous fashion vanguard is ready to take the world by storm, one stylish step at a time.

Alexandra Schulman’s book, A Diary Of My 100th Year is available from the 27th October.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Bettie shirt in Stark Naked White, Hermes x iWatch, Saint Laurent briefcase/tote, Fratelli Karida pumps, Oscar de la Renta teardrop earrings

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