The back page of our Fashion Issue is filled with wit, humour and fashionable favourite things from three very interesting – and opinionated – fashion editors: Bee Diamondhead from Marie Claire magazine, Chris Viljoen from spree.co.za and Poppy Evans from our sister publication, ELLE. Because of the limited amount of space, we weren’t able to include all their answers so these are the questions that didn’t make it into the issue. We also decided to chat to Leila Petersen, Fashion Editor at Oprah magazine to get even more insider information. One thing all these fashion editors are very certain about is their love of Chanel – don’t miss our feature on Chanel’s apartment in Fashion Issue page 52.

BEE DIAMONDHEAD, Fashion Editor Marie Claire

Your favourite digital magazine? I look at WWD a lot. Style.com and Another Magazine daily online.

Your favourite online store? Merchants on Long will be the second they get their act together.

But StyleMology, locally, are very good. I love Opening Ceremony and Net-A-Porter

What do you love most about your job? The amazing team I work with everyday. The beautiful pieces I get to shoot, touch, fall in love with.

What do you hate most about your job? There is no hope for my shopping addiction.

Your favourite fashion label? Laurence Airline, currently, for sure.

Whose house would you most love to visit? I’d love a tour through Coco Chanel’s home.

I’d also love to be in my parents’ home watching reality TV with my siblings.

Describe your home in three words. To me, my home is love, safety and hope.

When in Milan, what is the first shop you visit? 10 Corsa Como.

What do you hate most about your job? That I constantly fall in love with new things that I can’t have.

Your favourite fashion label? Internationally, Prada, and locally, this season, I love Albertus Swanepoel and Black Coffee.

Whose house would you most love to visit? Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, to see how he lives.

When in New York what’s the first shop you visit? I’m terrible at lying so I’ll just be honest; Barney’s for the shoe sales.

Your favourite online store? Net-A-Porter.

What do you love most about your job? The tension (the good kind).

What do you hate most about your job? It never ends.

Your favourite fashion label? That’s too hard. It changes every season. Again – predictably (as if on cue) Chanel will always be the holy grail of classic style, or at least bags, in my eyes.


And here, exclusively for DECO, Oprah magazine’s fashion editor, Leila Petersen shares with us a few of her favourite things:

Describe your home in three words: Simple, comfortable and cosy.

Describe your style in three words: Classic, feminine, chic.

Does your taste in interiors differ from your sartorial style? No they pretty much reflect one another. I like to keep my interior and my fashion choices simple and classic.

Fashion pet hate? People who try too hard to be fashionable and wear trends that don’t suit them.

What is your all time favourite fashion destination? London.

When in London, what’s the first shop you visit? It’s not a shop but I love Portobello Road Market. You can find really cool vintage finds and once-off pieces. I also love the jewellery.

What can’t you live without? My dark skinny jeans.

Your favourite digital magazine? Net-A-Porter magazine.

Apart from the magazine you are currently working for, what is your favourite? Harper’s Bazaar.

If budget wasn’t an issue, what would you buy right now? A Celine handbag.

Would you consider moving from fashion into decor? No, I love clothing way too much!

Your favourite fashion label? I have so many! But Zara has to be my go-to fashion store.

Whose house would you most love to visit? Diane Von Furstenberg.