We caught up with the pop icon to chat influences, fashion, and her latest edit with Oasis.
When S Club 7 burst onto the scene in 1999, they brought us hit after hit, as well as some iconic fashion moments. One alumni who will admit to the odd fashion faux pas during the early 2000s is Rachel Stevens, but since then, she’s been on quite the sartorial journey. In fact, she credits those early pop days as being a pivotal moment in finding her own style.
“I’ve always loved fashion since I was little,” Rachel tells Her. “My grandma had this fashion boutique that I used to go and spend loads of time in, and I was just around it all the time. And then, obviously, my career took me into a world where it was all about fashion, and, being in a pop band in the 2000s, I made a lot of fashion faux pas.”
The S Club 7 members went their separate ways in 2003, and Rachel kickstarted her own super successful solo career (who could forget the absolute banger that is Sweet Dreams my LA Ex?). During this time, she learned more and more about fashion, and how to dress for her frame. After all, at five foot, she is quite petite.
She says: “Throughout my career, I’ve got to work with some amazing stylists and designers, and I’ve been to a million fittings so I’ve learnt what works on my body shape, and because I’m petite, I’m constantly having to shorten everything.
“I believe we can wear anything, it’s just about proportions and how it fits on your body.”
In terms of influence, Rachel gets ideas from the women in her life.
“I get so much inspiration from women everyday,” she says. “There are a lot of influencers who I follow who I admire, but it could also be a woman on the street. I’m that person who will go up to someone and go, ‘Oh my God, where is that dress from?’ I just love style, I love fashion, I love clothes.”
Over the past few years, Rachel has channeled her passion professionally, and her latest edit with Oasis is a testament to that.
Defining it stylistically, Rachel says the collection is “feminine, but with an edge to it”.
“It’s a real mix of gorgeous statement dresses, it’s all about the details and the shapes. I love a big drama sleeve, the scalloped edges, the details in the stitching. It’s just really wearable, comfortable, stylish, but also with an edge to it.”