Our campaign star Jacquetta Wheeler's modelling career started with a bang when she was spotted by Mario Testino and booked to appear in a Gucci campaign at the age of 17. "I had no idea how major that was," she says now. "I didn't start thinking about clothes or how I looked until I was working in the industry. When I was growing up, I was more interested in riding my horse." Her career immediately took off: still at school, she would take days off to shoot campaigns for Calvin Klein and Prada. Her mother, Tessa Codrington, is more used to being on the other side of the camera: as a photographer back in the 1970s, Tessa actually shot in the studio we used to shoot this Autumn's Jaeger advertising campaign. "It feels very different - interesting and rather strange - to be the model," she says.


Can you describe your personal style?

Jacquetta I am having a bit of an identity crisis at the moment and doing a big clearout in my wardrobe. I like to be casual but to feel sophisticated. I mix expensive designer pieces with High Street and vintage finds, so it's not a contrived top-to-toe look. I really like red, black and brown, and I find the French stylist Carine Roitfeld really inspiring, plus I love Grace Coddington's unique look.

Tessa Being in fashion isn't important to me. I have a strong sense of what I think looks good and what doesn't. I tend to go for quirky things like Indian cotton quilted jackets - I have a friend in Tangiers who makes them for me. They've taken over from cardigans in my wardrobe as they are really versatile and add something special to any outfit.

What did your mother teach you about style?

Jacquetta Her sense of style is eclectic and vibrant. She used to take me to rummage in second hand shops: she's a very good thrift shopper, so I can't bear paying full price for clothes. If I didn't find that so painful I'd find dressing much easier. I did steal a really good pair of knee-high dark brown leather 1970s boots from her, which I wore every night out at the age of 17.

Tessa I never minded when she took my clothes - they were so old.

Jacquetta I remember being cross when I was about 14 that you had chucked so many things away and you didn't have lots of clothes for me to pilfer. But I understand it too because I also love to have regular clearouts, and have a clean wardrobe.


Tessa, who has been the biggest influence on your style?

Tessa I was very into fashion when I was young, in the 1960s. Mary Quant was so liberating with her mini skirt and white stockings, and I loved that look. The whole point of that revolution was that you despised everything your mother wore and rebelled against everything you'd grown up with. I embraced that. If you are going to conform in any fashion era, that was probably the best one. If I admire any one person's style, it would be the late Marguerite McBey, an American painter who married the Scottish artist James McBey. She was extraordinarily creative and flamboyant with her look, arriving for a weekend away with an enormous trunk full of clothes, and would throw things together, wearing a pair of old tennis shorts as a turban.


What does Jaeger and British style mean to you?

Jacquetta I really respect Jaeger for being a brand that represents successful, confident women who are comfortable in their skin and have a command of their life. They are rightly famed for timeless tailoring, jackets and coats.

Tessa To me, British style is about very good fabrics, excellent cuts and great tailoring, combined with imagination, exploration and adventure. I think the British are generally very creative with their designs, building on that classic heritage. I feel very proud to wave the flag for British fashion. For me, a beautiful soft grey cashmere Jaeger roll neck is the perfect basis for an outfit with skirts or jeans. Journal

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