Publicist Liz Matthews works with the cream of the British Fashion industry. Clients include TV presenter Alexa Chung, as well as models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Laura Bailey and Daisy Lowe.
Juggling this glam posse, as well as husband Del and sons Bram, 7 and Gabe, 3, must make life chaotic enough. But apparently, not.
Liz, 37, is due to give birth to twins ANY DAY.
Here she speaks to MMM about her tried-and-tested maternity wear tips – plus her hints for the ultimate stylish pregnancy.
- Pre-pregnancy Liz, shot for Grazia magazine by Victoria Adamson
- Liz at a Versace party with, from left to right, stylist Katie Grand, model Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung and model Poppy Delevigne
- Liz’s favourite Charlotte Olympia flats. She says ‘leopard print is like black, it goes with everything.’
- Liz, husband Del and sons Bram and Gabe
- Liz in work mode, at the Burberry show with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
- Denim maternity shirt with studs, £38, Topshop and Liz’s favourite trainers throughout her pregnancy, Nike for Liberty hi-tops.
- Liz wearing her own Henry Holland (non-maternity) maxi dress and still-life image of Daisy Knights bangles, one of her favourite jewellery designers.
- A lust-worthy collection of Chanel bags, the purchase of her first required a gin & tonic afterwards, she says.
- Liz’s Louis Vuitton scarves and statement necklaces
- A non-maternity Kenzo dress and Loewe handbag which she’s worn a lot this pregnancy, plus favourite Russell & Bromley lace-up brogues.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! This time around you must have got the maternity wardrobe nailed. How have you found dressing this pregnancy?
You’d think, except I expect I’m just like any mum-to-be and after trawling the shops/internet for stylish maternity clothes, have drawn a massive blank and just bought one of everything from the Topshop maternity range. I have had a few things handed down to me from very stylish friends who were pregnant before me, but some of the best outfits to carry me through the last trimester – when you really can’t cheat it anymore – have been ‘normal’ clothes, perhaps just in a bigger size.
I bought an amazing Kenzo dress in the Liberty sale – it’s stretchy and in ‘normal’ life I wouldn’t entertain the idea of wearing it unless I’d been at the gym religiously for 3 months straight and was having a rare flat stomach day, but it’s awesome to show off the bump. Similarly I have a Henry Holland tight dress (see number 7 in pic above) I’ve got more wear out of pregnant than before.
Have you found yourself sticking to a uniform of pieces that have worked for you during your previous pregnancies, or gone for a totally different look? (Is it a different time of year?)
All my kids have been born at the same time of year – I think anyone can get away with normal clothes for the first two trimesters, it’s the third which is tricky.
I’m always really pregnant in the Summer so tend to stick to maxi dresses as a general rule although I avoid ‘maternity maxi dresses’ like the plague – there’s nothing like the cut of a maternity dress to make you look even more pregnant than you want to look!
I do love that for those days when you want to embrace the bump, you can wear really fitted dresses that have been hidden away reserved for super body confident days – and how many of those to we have?! It’s like these dresses have a new lease of life during pregnancy!
I have loads from designers like Vivienne Westwood, Henry Holland, Missoni and Kenzo – I get the most amount of compliments when I wear them and the bump looks amazing! Obviously, there are those days when you prefer to be under the radar so I might team maternity jeans or leggings with my husband’s vintage band t-shirt and a denim shirt.
Where have you bought most of your maternity wear?
Topshop – they do great shirts – I love my denim one and also a cool silk military shirt which has been great all Summer – they also do nice maternity underwear and pyjamas.
Would you say you have been frustrated at the lack of choice on the high street? Are there any brands you would love to see bring out a maternity collection?
Overall, yes, it’s incredibly limited on the high street. Topshop offer a great selection, but you see every second pregnant girl in the same leggings! I think H&M could expand their range more – they cover good basics, but that’s it. M&S I’d like to see doing a few more design led pieces – no-one can ever seem to get occasion wear right.
I’d like to see more designers bring out maternity ranges like maybe Matthew Williamson and Henry Holland as part of their Debenhams diffusion line.
How do you usually dress? What would you say is your usual non-pregnancy style?
Sharp, tailored trousers – usually cropped at the ankle with a great heel, blouse and fitted jacket. I like a good leather pencil skirt and shirt/polo neck and I’m partial to a forties tea dress in good weather. Having worked extensively with Burberry over the years, I do also love a classic leather trouser and mac combo.
You work alongside some of the industry’s most glamorous, fashion-forward women. How have they influenced your own non-pregnancy look and wardrobe?
I draw influence from each of my uber stylish clients, who all have very different looks. Alexa has made it acceptable to wear flats (and I will love her forever for this) and I certainly have developed a love of the Breton top from her!
Daisy Lowe has such fun with clothes and I adore all the tea dresses she wears – especially the ones designed by her mum, Pearl for Peacocks. They suit my shape so well.
Rosie is a classic beauty and everything I buy/wear on her advice makes me feel grown up and glamourous but it’s Laura Bailey who is my true style icon.
You may have seen her month of wardrobe loveliness earlier this year as part of Vogue.com‘s ‘What I’m Wearing’ and more recently she did an incredible ‘edit’ of the new season’s Topshop looks. Basically, I love everything she wears and would love to be as effortless as her.
Part of your job involves attending parties and functions with your clients. Which brands have you found best for more glam pieces?
Favourite daytime brands include Acne, Cos, Mulberry and Burberry. For the evening I love Sonia Rykiel, Whistles, Philip Lim, By Malene Birger and Valentino.
Any accessories you would recommend? Any jewellery, scarves or bags you have loved?
You can’t beat a classic Chanel 2.55 – I needed an emergency gin and tonic after buying mine but have never regretted it. Most of my friends have borrowed it for job interviews or important nights out and it goes with everything. I have a few of the classic Louis Vuitton scarves which are great for flying.
Jewellery wise I love Katie Hillier and Daisy Knights – simple and delicate. ‘Barely there’ is my look for daytime, but I do love a Chanel cuff or Mawi statement necklace in the evening.
Which celebrity do you think got their style right throughout her pregnancy?
Our celebs tend to hide away during the last bit of pregnancy, don’t they? I though Sienna Miller looked beautiful throughout hers and I’m excited to see my friend Fearne Cotton get bigger – she will look ace and hopefully design some maternity pieces as part of her Very collection – here’s hoping!
And finally, which five basics do you think every pregnant woman should own?
Two great pair of jeans – black and blue, great underwear, lots of pairs of flat shoes/sandals and treat yourself to a nice bag when you can’t buy much else!
UPDATE: Liz and husband Del welcomed their twins on September 7th – a little boy called Teddy and a little girl called Wren!