Sophie Dahl is a former English fashion model and author, and the mother of two girls, Lyra and Margot. She is married to singer Jamie Cullem. They live in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire – the home village of Roald Dahl. She was the inspiration behind the character Sophie in the ‘BFG’, as her maternal grandfather was Roald Dahl. She has written for British and American Vogue as well as The Guardian and in 2003 she published her first book- “The Man with the Dancing Eyes”, which became a Times bestseller. In 2011, she wrote and presented a programme about Isabella Beeton, a Victorian cook, that aired in September that year.
Her new capsule collection for the British label Brora – called ‘The Lost Weekend’- captures what she describes as “..quintessentially British-feeling colour tones and patterns.” The range features 13 pieces, including a tea dress- “It’s such a great shape and print”- and an oversized cashmere cardigan. Dahl worked with Victoria Stapleton, the founder of Brora to bring her ideas to life. Among her inspirations are Brigitte Bardot, a former French actress and one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950’s and 60’s, the illustrations of Cecil Beaton and the 1930’s.
The collection is available nationwide from April 15, and the collaboration is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of British cashmere label Brora. It embodies rainy British weather and festivals – clothes with a gorgeous and luxurious vibe that are still comfortable and a joy to wear. It reminds one of fashion in the 1930’s, and old school style icons. Dahl states that she is “…a lover of beautiful and well made clothes and I feel that between us, we came up with something truly special.”