Claridge’s chandelier inspires designer lingerie range

The chandelier hanging in the lobby of London’s Claridge’s hotel was the inspiration behind a lingerie design that has bagged Kate Howard, 22, her dream job with major US fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch.

Howard was one of 28 young British fashion designers flown to the Abercrombie & Fitch’s headquarters in Ohio to compete in a design competition to win a job at the company, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

During the competition, Howard presented samples of the chandelier-inspired collection and successfully completed a rigorous selection process to bag the $42,000- (£27,000-) a-year job in the US.

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“I saw the chandelier in Claridge’s and fell in love with it,” Howard, from South Wales, told the newspaper. “I used it as an inspiration for my lingerie – the chandelier has all the vintage glamour and layered style that I wanted to replicate.

“People think I’m crazy when I tell them how my sketches of a chandelier turned into a catwalk collection of undies. But designers get their ideas from all sorts of places and the chandelier really sparked my imagination,” she added.




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