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Amongst the mayhem of Christmas, Great Plains has taken a quick break to catch up with our in-house designer.

Read on to discover her favourite Instagrammers, top picks from the Christmas 2016 collection and what it's like to be a designer for the day...

Describe an average day in the life of a senior designer…

The alarm goes off at 5am. My commute into the office is rather long, so I tend to use this time to catch-up on my emails and browse Instagram for a spot of morning motivation.

At 8AM I step into the office and begin my day re-capping with the design team. It’s all go in the Great Plains HQ. You’ll never find me working on one season at a time but instead simultaneously juggling three or more seasons. At the moment I’m doing fittings for SS17, completing the AW17 collection and designing the Christmas 2017 range. I’m also planning to take a work trip to Deli in preparation for SS18.

Which Instagram accounts inspire you most?

  1. @honestlywtf
  2. @stylememos
  3. @thefrugality
  4. @kaity_modern
  5. @kinfolk

Who is the Great Plains woman?

She's a busy yet sociable working woman that’s forever on the go. She wants to look good but without having to compromise on comfort. Her wardrobe needs to be endlessly stylish and effortlessly versatile to continuously keep up with her busy work and social schedule.

What should we expect from the new Christmas collection?

Desk-to-dinner versatility, luxurious quality and plenty of tactile fabrications.
View the lookbook 

If you could only buy one piece this season, what would it be?

The Velvet Moon Jumpsuit. It’s the fabric of the season but also an incredibly versatile piece that you can wear during the day with ankle boots, or dress up with heels.

Where do you source your ideas and how do these filter down into the clothing?

It’s often a collation of things that I note down on my phone – my phone is my creative bible. It can be anything from people-watching to children’s clothes and popular culture.

The inspiration behind the Christmas 2016 collection was masculine tailoring. It began with images of Helmut Newton’s iconic ‘Le Smoking’ photograph by Yves Saint Laurent and

you automatically think of ways to add the ‘Great Plains’ stamp whilst also modernising the concept with new and intriguing textures.

What's your local haunt? 

The George in Rye (Sussex). They serve up the best local lobster, deep fried salt & Szechuan pepper squid and G&T in town. The décor is eclectic but inviting with cosy armchairs framing the burning fire, an enchanting indoor tree comfortably nested in the corner and scattered board games. It’s a great spot to spend your Sundays in.

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