“Back then, it was easy to be fearless.” In this Port Eliot Festival special, Natalie Kingham, buying director of MATCHESFASHION.COM, talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her journey from London club kid, to businesswoman, to fashion buying power house and how motherhood changed her along the way. She also discusses how she identifies upcoming fashion trends and emerging designers.

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“Everyone in fashion has their Zandra Rhodes moment.” The legendary British fashion designer and her creative director sit down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to talk about her famous hand-created prints, making the label relevant for a new generation and what it takes to have a Zandra Rhodes dressed named after you.

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For this Port Eliot Festival special, the London-based Greek fashion designer sits down with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss her mentors Sarah Mower and the late Louise Wilson from Central Saint Martins; how she’s learned to be a businesswoman; and her plans for where she’s going to take her successful international fashion label next.

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“I wanted to write the kind of book I’d like to read.” The writer Allegra Huston sits down at Port Eliot Festival with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak to discuss the her new novel, Say My Name. She talks about her famous upbringing – how after the death of her mother she moved in with her father, the director John Huston, only to subsequently discover that her biological father was in fact Viscount John Julius Norwich – and her teenage years spent in Hollywood with her older sister, Anjelica Huston. She talks about her impressive career as a literary publisher, screen writer and editor, her life today in Taos, New Mexico – and her thoughts on how to write a successful sex scene.

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“I love the fact there’s this great awakening.” For this Port Eliot Festival special, Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak sit down with the legendary fashion designer and US Vogue’s chief fashion critic to discuss fashion and politics; changing attitudes to the environmental impact of fashion; Hamnett’s legendary slogan T-shirts and the stories behind them, her upcoming relaunch and why Kanye West is her number one fan.

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The food writer and owner of the Wahaca and DF / Mexico restaurant chains talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about her new book, how she juggles being a mum with her professional life, her glamorous background, her thoughts on eating healthily, eating disorders, tips on feeding children and thoughts on sustainability.

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Alice Levine, co-presenter of My Dad Wrote a Porno, BBC Radio 1 presenter and food writer talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak about how to host a successful supper club, her new cookbook, supporting young women to code, living and entertaining in East London and how she’s managed to make a successful and varied multi-strand career.

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“Life is a mental game. You need to push yourself through the pain barrier.” Over coffee at Violet bakery in East London, Danielle Radojcin talks to the founder of Redress, an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. They discuss how you can dress and shop in a more environmentally-aware way, her work with fashion’s top editors, universities and designers to raise awareness, and her new book, Dress with Sense, as well as her life as a working mother in Hong Kong and the merits of doing a striptease for your husband when you’re nine months’ pregnant. – Danielle Radojcin 

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The writer, Plum Sykes, talks about working for Vogue, the English aristocracy, having her wedding dress designed by Alexander McQueen, being a 90s It Girl and what it’s like having Anna Wintour as a mentor. She also discusses her new book, the writing process and what it feels like to have a book on the New York Times bestseller list. Recorded with Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak at Violet bakery in East London. – Danielle Radojcin 

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“When I work on the estate I feel like I’m working with my father. It’s a collaboration. It’s all a way of being close to him and to the work.” Curator and design consultant Mariah Nielson talks to Danielle Radojcin and Claire Ptak at Violet bakery in East London about managing the estate of her father, the late artist J.B. Blunk, her experience of travelling to Japan as a 16-year old model, culture differences between California and London, and the value of travel and spending time alone. – Danielle Radojcin 

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