Anglophiles have a friend in Linda Anne Bunch.
For the last two years, this Oxford native turned Owings Mills resident has painted glittery crowns, bright Union Jacks and double-decker buses on everything from bibs to headbands. Her business, Linda of London, caters to Marylanders with a penchant for wearing their love of all things English on their shirts, socks and jackets.
There is one export she hasn't plastered over clothes yet: the royal family. That's primarily because painting faces has proved difficult.
"But with all the trouble in the royal family these days," says Ms. Bunch, 35, "I'm not sure using them would be such a good idea."
How does being in the fashion business affect your own style?
Everywhere I go, I tend to look at what people are wearing. Then I'll get on these creative spurts, where I have to sit down and design. I tend to design things because I have an occasion. My husband and I went to Atlantic City. I wanted to have something that would go from day to evening, something that had spark and pizazz. I took a basic black dress and put musical notes on it in bright paint and sequins. I also designed velvet shoes with music bars across them. I got stopped a lot.
How would you describe the clothes you like to wear?
I buy a lot of magazines with Princess Diana. And I used to watch "Dynasty" a lot. The clothes Joan Collins wore intrigued me. I like very noticeable clothes although not gaudy or garish. I have a lot of sequin dresses with cutouts in them and a lot of off-the-shoulder clothing. I love to dress for the evening.
And on the weekends?
I like oversized tops and leggings and flat shoes.
How is fashion different in England vs. the United States?
The good thing about America is you can wear clothes for a long time. In England, they come out with these fashions in the summertime that last for three months. In the United States, things stay around a lot more. You can use clothes for years, as long as they stay fairly classic.
What would you change about your sense of style?
Sometimes I would like to have someone come in and give me ideas about what I should do. Jose Eber could come in with a new hairstyle for me and maybe some fashion designer could tell me if I'm dressing right.
Does being in the business bring extra pressures when it comes to dressing?
You shouldn't be out shopping and be underdressed or not coordinated.
What's your absolute favorite outfit?
My Jos. Bank men's black jacket with a tie and a pair of stirrup pants with a white Jos. Bank shirt.
What do you wish you had more of?
Shoes. I have about 50 pairs, but I'd like to have a vast range of bright colors.
What most influenced your taste in clothing?
Traveling. I worked in public relations for an airline for five years. A lot of my designs comes from traveling to Nice, Monte Carlo, Italy and Spain.
Where do you shop?
I go to Harrod's in England. In the states, I like to go to Trillium in Green Spring Station and Merry-Go-Round for wilder clothing.
Do you have a funniest clothing story?
I bought this red dress with a handkerchief bottom in Spain. I wore it to a dance, and it got caught in a stool. The top layer literally ripped off. I had to rush off to the bathroom and out the back stairs.
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