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The 6 indie fashion brands Fearne Cotton wants you to know about

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Been coveting Fearne Cotton’s easy-chic style for as long as you can remember? These are the independent fashion brands she’s utterly obsessed with…

Fearne Cotton’s style is always on top form. The queen of quirky vintage looks, she’s fearless when it comes bold clashing prints, metallics and sequins – but, while there’s no denying that the Radio 1 DJ always looks good, her priority has always been to purchase fashion pieces that make her feel good, too.

As a result, Fearne’s is one of the most covetable signature styles around. So, with this in mind, we asked our guest editor to tell us all about her favourite fashion labels and designers. 

Get ready for a seriously eclectic mix…

Denim and Bone

Denim and Bone – based in Sevenoaks – is an art and design brand specialising in unique embroidered jackets and wall art.

Fearne says: “I love these customised vintage jackets adorned with stitch-work, badging and positive slogans! And, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m always on the hunt for another slightly oversized Eighties-esque denim jacket, so these are the dream.”

Olivia Rubin

Olivia Rubin launched her first womenswear line after graduating from the world-renowned Central Saint Martins College in London, and the label has become known for Olivia’s signature graphic prints and bold colours on a variety of simple yet feminine silhouettes.

Fearne says: “I’ve known Olivia a long while now and have always admired her courage and skill in creating her own line. Whether you love flowing chiffon dresses, colourful blouses or colour block skirts, Olivia has it all covered.”

The Coral Grove

The Coral Grove’s jewellery is handcrafted from gold, sterling silver, brass and ethically sourced gemstones using hand tools and traditional methods. This results in standout pieces which feel raw, organic, eclectic and ‘undone’.

Fearne says: “The Coral Grove create beautiful jewellery pieces that look like they’ve hopped straight out of the ocean. Trust me: all of those pearl moons and silver pendants will make you want to run to the seaside straight away and dive into the deep blue.”

Nessy Dress

Nessy Dress has produced one collection a year since 2006, each with its own unique character. As a rule, the collections (all of which are handmade by local artisans) tend to be inspired by the style and glamour of the early Seventies, the romance of travelling hippy chic, festivals, and the traditional fabrics worn by the women of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.

Fearne says: “Nessy Dress is a gorgeous small company run by Vanessa Cooke, whose signature sequin catsuits are the perfect piece for any party or summer festival. You can get them in literally any colour and they look great on any body shape, whether you have a curvaceous figure or (like myself) have zero waist whatsoever.”

Miranda Dunn

Miranda Dunn London is famous for its bespoke faux fur coats (otherwise known as ‘Happy Coats’) – and for good reason. You choose the length, you choose the colour (think pale pink, black, navy, bottle green, camel, Christmas red, opal grey, charcoal, cream or leopard) and you can even have up to three letters embroidered on the back, to ensure you stand out from the fashion pack.

Fearne says: “I love in my faux fur jacket created by Miranda and she has since gone on to make matching ones for my daughter and step-daughter complete with our initials on the back. They’re sumptuous and luxurious faux furs – and so cosy for the winter months.”

Zoe Karssen  

Zoe Karssen is an Amsterdam-based fashion house, mixing easy-to-wear tops and bottoms with outspoken graphics, mixing rock & roll aesthetics.

Fearne says: “She needs little introduction to her huge online fan base but I wanted to include Zoe Karssen anyway as her clothes are some of my favourites. I live in her boyfriend cut jeans and baggy slogan jumpers. They’re the ultimate in comfort, yet so Scandinavian cool at the same time!”

For one day only on Tuesday 27 March, Fearne Cotton has taken over stylist.co.uk and transformed it into her very own Happy Place – a digital sanctuary, focusing entirely on wellness, happiness and good mental health.

For similarly inspiring and uplifting content, check out Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place, available on Apple Podcasts now.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.