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When we asked Kristin to dream up her ultimate Brora, two very different designs came to her mind. Both the Fair Isle gilet and subtly ruffle-necked cashmere dress reflect Kristin’s personal style and natural elegance, her love of comfort and long-standing patronage of Brora. Bringing these to life in a special two-piece collection, Brora will also be donating 10% of each sale to The Prince’s Trust, a charity Kristin personally chose.

The dusk blue dress of neck-to-ankle Scottish cashmere - the ultimate luxury – with its flattering cable-knit yolk panel and mercury contrast tipping – is an ideal weekend or day-to-evening dress, and no doubt an indulgent addition to long days spent on set.

This was a totally new design for the Scottish mill’s earth-friendly seamless whole garment machine. To create the perfect line, Kristin was keen on the panelled detail so innovative faux seams were incorporated into the knitting structure. Brora’s Founder and Creative Director Victoria Stapleton explains: “That’s what makes it so swishy. It moves so well but without losing its lovely shape.”

As well as absolute comfort and elegance, Kristin was keen to design something you could dress ‘up’, as well as throw on in the day with plimsolls and feel chic and relaxed in.

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Shop Alpaca Fair Isle Yoke Gilet

Both chic and practical, the supremely soft dove grey alpaca button-down gilet with its unusual graphic Fair Isle pattern in antique pink and emerald, takes on a different character depending on how you style it.

Its fresh wintery design works as a relaxed and modern look paired with a pretty collared shirt and tailored trousers or if you have a penchant for period romance, you can take the British actresses’ lead, as her love of beautiful film wardrobes certainly played a part in inspiring it.

“I imagined wearing it with a big corduroy A-line skirt and belt – sort of cowgirl-ish – like Nicole Kidman in the Anthony Minghella film Cold Mountain, set in America in the 1800s.”

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

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Question & Answer with Kristin Scott Thomas

How long have you worn Brora & what’s your favourite Brora item you own?

I’ve got some favourite blue gloves that are very long with lacey bits, which I love. Brora’s great because it makes such good presents.

How would you describe your style?

Apparently quite French. I still like the same things that I did when I was 18. I can’t get enough of a striped t-shirt. I love belts, boots and jumpers.

I’m very into practical dressing. When we were much younger, I was going out one night in France with a French girl and we were getting dolled up. Then I put on a cardi over my evening gear, and she said [in a horrified voice]: ‘What are you doing…?! Ah, non! I would rather look beautiful than freeze my arse off!’

But when I need to look sharp for a lunch or an event and have to change gear - that’s really fun. So, I love a good dress.

What was the inspiration behind the designs?

I bought a dress in Washington DC, and I’ve never been able to find anything like it since. It had this feeling of comfort, elegance and simplicity. But I wanted to create something more multifaceted that you could throw on or dress up.

And in Three Sisters [a Chekhov play Kristin performed in the West End] I had a little sleeveless cardigan which was just brilliant. I wanted to create something like that but fun & cosy with gorgeous colours.

How will you be wearing your Brora x KST pieces?

The dress I would throw on with chunky flat boots or plimsolls or make it look completely different with a belt, silk scarf, high-heeled boots and a great piece of jewellery. Winter evenings – perfection!

And the gilet I imagined wearing with a big corduroy A-line skirt and belt – sort of cowgirl-ish – like Nicole Kidman in the Anthony Minghella film Cold Mountain, set in America in the 1800s. It acts like a body warmer - a good useful thing - that just happens to be incredibly pretty.

What has been your favourite part of working with Brora, & what, if anything, have you learned from working with them?

The whole things actually - from thinking about what I wanted, to looking at the different yarns, deciding on hemlines, the way it moved, the length of ribbing on the cuff – the sort of thing I would never have been able to do on my own. I came up with the concept and inspiration, but Victoria turned my words into images.

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When we asked Kristin to dream up her ultimate Brora, two very different designs came to her mind. Both the Fair Isle gilet and subtly ruffle-necked cashmere dress reflect Kristin’s personal style and natural elegance, her love of comfort and long-standing patronage of Brora. Bringing these to life in a special two-piece collection, Brora will also be donating 10% of each sale to The Prince’s Trust, a charity Kristin personally chose.

Shop Cashmere Maxi Swing Dress

The dusk blue dress of neck-to-ankle Scottish cashmere - the ultimate luxury – with its flattering cable-knit yolk panel and mercury contrast tipping – is an ideal weekend or day-to-evening dress, and no doubt an indulgent addition to long days spent on set.

This was a totally new design for the Scottish mill’s earth-friendly seamless whole garment machine. To create the perfect line, Kristin was keen on the panelled detail so innovative faux seams were incorporated into the knitting structure. Brora’s Founder and Creative Director Victoria Stapleton explains: “That’s what makes it so swishy. It moves so well but without losing its lovely shape.”

As well as absolute comfort and elegance, Kristin was keen to design something you could dress ‘up’, as well as throw on in the day with plimsolls and feel chic and relaxed in.

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Shop Alpaca Fair Isle Yoke Gilet

Both chic and practical, the supremely soft dove grey alpaca button-down gilet with its unusual graphic Fair Isle pattern in antique pink and emerald, takes on a different character depending on how you style it.

Its fresh wintery design works as a relaxed and modern look paired with a pretty collared shirt and tailored trousers or if you have a penchant for period romance, you can take the British actresses’ lead, as her love of beautiful film wardrobes certainly played a part in inspiring it.

“I imagined wearing it with a big corduroy A-line skirt and belt – sort of cowgirl-ish – like Nicole Kidman in the Anthony Minghella film Cold Mountain, set in America in the 1800s.”

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

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Question & Answer with Kristin Scott Thomas

How long have you worn Brora & what’s your favourite Brora item you own?

I’ve got some favourite blue gloves that are very long with lacey bits, which I love. Brora’s great because it makes such good presents.

How would you describe your style?

Apparently quite French. I still like the same things that I did when I was 18. I can’t get enough of a striped t-shirt. I love belts, boots and jumpers.

I’m very into practical dressing. When we were much younger, I was going out one night in France with a French girl and we were getting dolled up. Then I put on a cardi over my evening gear, and she said [in a horrified voice]: ‘What are you doing…?! Ah, non! I would rather look beautiful than freeze my arse off!’

But when I need to look sharp for a lunch or an event and have to change gear - that’s really fun. So, I love a good dress.

What was the inspiration behind the designs?

I bought a dress in Washington DC, and I’ve never been able to find anything like it since. It had this feeling of comfort, elegance and simplicity. But I wanted to create something more multifaceted that you could throw on or dress up.

And in Three Sisters [a Chekhov play Kristin performed in the West End] I had a little sleeveless cardigan which was just brilliant. I wanted to create something like that but fun & cosy with gorgeous colours.

How will you be wearing your Brora x KST pieces?

The dress I would throw on with chunky flat boots or plimsolls or make it look completely different with a belt, silk scarf, high-heeled boots and a great piece of jewellery. Winter evenings – perfection!

And the gilet I imagined wearing with a big corduroy A-line skirt and belt – sort of cowgirl-ish – like Nicole Kidman in the Anthony Minghella film Cold Mountain, set in America in the 1800s. It acts like a body warmer - a good useful thing - that just happens to be incredibly pretty.

What has been your favourite part of working with Brora, & what, if anything, have you learned from working with them?

The whole things actually - from thinking about what I wanted, to looking at the different yarns, deciding on hemlines, the way it moved, the length of ribbing on the cuff – the sort of thing I would never have been able to do on my own. I came up with the concept and inspiration, but Victoria turned my words into images.

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