Originally from Oxford, Tiffany Saunders grew up in the Cotswolds and was signed to a modelling agency aged just 15 years old. For the following 10 years, Tiffany continued to model which included shows for Oxford Fashion Studio back in 2010. During this time, Tiffany was also studying a Business & Events degree at Oxford Brookes University.
In 2014, at 25 years old, Tiffany was ready to take on life on the other side of the camera. Having always been interested in events and with a love and insight into the fashion industry, she started assisting with shows at OFS and, working her way up, she co-directed her first show later that year. Having been given creative freedom over the concept, the show took place in a converted prison, included a python called Ethel and was based around the story of lingerie.
From shooting to now discovering, over the years Tiffany’s love for original, independent design has continued to flourish. Now as the Runway Director of Oxford Fashion Studio, Tiffany has worked on 87 photo shoots, 52 runway shows. She is now responsible for talent sourcing and creatively directing all OFS runway shows.
We caught up with Tiffany for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
Ok this is a tough one to start! London is my favourite city in the world and so pinning down my favourite area is hard! I’d say top of my list has to be Notting Hill.
Favourite place for brunch:
I love 202 in Notting Hill, that place has the best French Toast in London! It also has a cool fashion / bookshop feel to it. I also loved Regent Street’s Summer Streets in August – such a great idea and the food there from the surrounding cafes were delicious, made especically enjoyable by eating on a picnic bench boarded by what I think is one of London’s most handsome streets.
Best coffee in London:
Ok, so I adore coffee. My absolutely favourite is the coffee at The Italian Garden cafe. I’ve also heard great reviews about the coffee and the Barista at the Tate Modern, so must give that a try soon.
Favourite gallery or museum:
The Victoria and Albert Museum is pretty special. I visit frequently and every time feel I experience it differently. The Wallace Collection and Natural History Museum are also amongst my favourites in London.
Tell us a secret:
I’m not great at keeping secrets.
Favourite place to shop:
This is tough. Right now I’d say Ted Baker is a solid choice, closely followed by Karen Millan and Selfridges.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
The Italian Gardens in Hyde Park. I find the water from the gardens really soothing to watch, and the beauty and tranquility of the statues and fountains inspiring.
Best London destination for a date:
Ok, see naturally I would suggest The Chesterfield Mayfair as a pretty perfect place for a date, surrounded by red carnations and their first class service – followed by a swift cab ride to Primrose Hill for a secret glass or two of sparkling at the top of the hill with that incredible view overlooking the city. However, for an early endurance test, signing up for a session at the Crystal Maze I feel could be an amusing alternative.
Well, partly due to the constant supply of puppies, coffee and the Rolls Royce Ice cream truck I’d say Hyde Park is my favourite park in London. It’s also right by where I live, so I get to enjoy it every day.
Favourite food market:
Definitely Portobello Road. I used to live on this market and the smells from the food every Friday and Saturday were sublime! Coupled with the Caribbean music this market was a weekly favourite pastime.
Your sanctuary in the city:
For me my sanctuary is to literally walk the streets of London. I love walking through areas of the city that hold special memories for me, to see what’s going on and to almost feel like walking through a bunch of different film sets, from the tranquil peace of Knightsbridge Mews (I’m not sure you’re actually allowed to walk through there), to the vibrancy of Covent Garden, to the wonderfully randomly placed Spitalfield City Farm. It’s one of my favourite things.
What inspires you?
People and places are a constant source of inspiration for me. My family, friends, my Director and my team. Surrounding yourself with wonderful people, people who you admire is important. That’s key.
This season I’m loving:
Vanessa Gounden’s The Question. I find her work captivating and her latest collection was outstanding.