Its fashion week again, here in London and I have a very special Q&A for you. Its none other than the new hot British model of the moment the quintessential English Rose, Matilda Lowther.
3 fashion seasons ago, Matilda was chosen by Christopher Bailey to open the Burberry Prorsum show in London. She hales from the Lake District, and is a member of the family who own the Lowther estate in Penrith, with her Aunt Camilla also being one of the biggest, most established Photographic agents in London- a lucky person to have on board when you’re literally about to be catapulted into the fashion limelight.
Having started out in school pursuing a career as a possible high jumper; she was a member of the british Junior Athletics team no less, this was her first proper show season and first proper fashion show. To open a big designers show is a huge thing. It;’s like you’re spearheading the whole thing for them. You are letting the audience know first hand, what that collection is going to be about for the following season. Its a big ask, and I distinctly remember Matilda being so nervous beforehand. She could barely speak as I kept checking her hair over in the line up minutes before the show started. I kept telling her to take deep breaths and to try to enjoy the moment. It was like she was in a zone, acknowledging what I was saying but finding it hard to stay calm.
Fast forward one year later and she’s a bundle of confidence with 2 seasons under her belt, Vogue editorials in her portfolio, Burberry campaigns, enrolled into art college to fill in the spare time between modelling, plus she’s bagged one of the hottest young British boys in town as her new boyfriend, Jamie Campbell Bower,who is a rising actor having been in Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga and Rock N Roller. He’s also lead singer of the band The Darling Buds and is a part time model, having starred in the Burberry Prorsum S/S 14 campaign shot by Mario Testino, which is where they actually met and fell for each other.
They’ve become quite the new mini celebrity couple, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer girl. Matilda has always been polite, pleasant and a joy to be around. When I asked Matilda to do this Q&A for me she was so excited that I asked her, which was lovely to see, so without further ado I’ll let her take it away, and in between are some pics of Matilda so you can see exactly what she’s been up to since her metric rise.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
As far as I can remember I wanted to be an Olympic athlete!!
YOU WERE A HIGH JUMPER AT SCHOOL ( AND A VERY GOOD ONE I HEARD) HOW COME YOU DIDN’T PURSUE ATHLETICS AS A CAREER
I have always (and will) always be a sporty chick.. I suppose the reason I didn’t pursue athletics as a career is due to how much time it took up. I had to train like mad 24/7!
HOW DID YOU BEGIN MODELLING?
I began modelling when I was scouted on a school trip with my art class…I got signed very shortly after and the rest is all a giant blur really!
IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I live in London with my cousin and best friend. I grew up in the North of England though, in the Lake District.
Matilda and her boyfriend Jamie at Wimbledon last year. They met whilst shooting the Burberry campaign together
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To me, London is my ideal city, but if I had to change one thing, I wish it was closer to my home in Cumbria sometimes.
DID HAVING FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY HELP TO PREPARE YOU FOR WHAT WAS TO COME, BECOMING A MODEL?
Yes of course! I’m so lucky to have some family who know a lot about the industry, mostly it meant i was more looked after and had more knowledge about it all before I began properly modelling. I had someone to talk to and get really helpful advice from if i ever needed it. It has been very comforting.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS.
1) – Garnier BB cream
2) – Eve Lom Dyna spot cream
3) – WINDLE AND MOODIE hair spray!!
4) – My Burberry perfume
5) – Jo Malone body soap.
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART, FOOD )
There’s so much I can’t write it all down. But here’s a few current obsessions of mine..Music wise I’m loving Lower Than Atlantis’s new album. I love McQ clothing at the moment. My favourite artist right now is Jenny Saville. And food…mashed avocado on toast with scrambled eggs.
MATILDA AT WORK
DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?
Yes, I have a horse called Rusheen. And we have 3 dogs at home too, chickens, Bees, goldfish…we have a very eclectic group of pets.
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
WHERE YOU GREW UP WAS TOTAL COUNTRYSIDE, WAS IT A SHOCK MOVING TO LONDON?
Yes it was such a shock! When i first moved to London I remember wanting to go to parks just to feel the open space..I’m a massive country bumpkin at heart.
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ******PLEASE NOTE : A WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG*** ( EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )
I’d have mix of some calming songs, some classics, and music i love.
– James Bay- Hold back the river
– Leonard Cohen- Suzanne
– The Police- Message in a bottle (lol)
– Thurston Harris- Little Bitty Pretty One
– Toots and The Maytals- Pressure Drop
– Toploader- Dancing in The Moonlight
– Frank Sinatra- Come Fly with me
– A Great Big World- Already Home
– Angus and Julia Stone- Big Jet Plane
– The Beach Boys- Good Vibrations
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?
Probably in Lamu, which is a small island off the East coast of Africa. I’d love to live there, set up a small business and live by the beach.
MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?
Probably on something really random, like wild swimming in the British Isles.
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
My youngest brother Flynn, he’s 9 and is at that amazing age where he comes out with the most extraordinary yet intelligent questions, that you’d least expect. My horse also does make me laugh, he can be really clumsy and trip over his own feet.
Matilda and Me moments: with W&M products in London and with Jamie, Cara Delevingne and Malaika Firth in Shanghai.
IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?
In terms of current actresses? Zoey Deschanel I think would play quite a good me, she’s got that slightly dorky thing going on. Like me, she also laughs at herself a lot.
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
McQ, Celine, Zadig and Voltaire.
YOU’VE RECENTLY ENROLLED IN ARTS COLLEGE, WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING AND WERE YOU INTERESTED IN IT BEFORE OR IS IT COMPLETELY A NEW VENTURE FOR YOU?
I’m studying fine art and sculpture at City and Guilds of London Art school in Kennington. Art is something i’ve always loved, although it was really being involved in the fashion industry that pushed me to apply. I saw all these incredible designers creating their own art in the form of clothes and I was like “hang on, I love this too”.
YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? ( IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET)
– Pride and Prejudice
– Mary Poppins
– Shutter Island
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Sticky Toffee pudding, obviously!!
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
Matilda for Burberry.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE ( THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)
Henri Matisse, Franklin Roosevelt, Jack Black, Jesse Owens.
DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?
Peanut butter, jam and banana on toast. Oh also, not necessarily a guilty pleasure, but i love buying cards, really cool random ones from wherever I travel.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
I just got back from LA and next I’m heading HOME to the lakedistrict. Hurrah.
NAME ANY TYPE OF PRODUCT IE: FOOD, TOYS, CLOTHES, OR COSMETICS ETC THAT YOU ONCE LOVED BUT IS NOW EITHER DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
Polly Pockets!! Dib Dabs- they were the best and I never see them anymore!