With the sun shining on a beautiful day in June, we met Indira Toscano in my favourite local Clissold Park. Indira worked as an intern for me in 2017, and now works at a local school in Milton Keynes where she lives with her two beautiful children. With her boundless energy and infectious smile, I caught up with her whilst she modelled some of my most summery styles...
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Indira Toscano, I’m Mozambican living in Milton Keynes for five years. I study at UAL and am currently working towards completing my Masters in International Fashion Production Management. I love the course as it has allowed me to grow and evolve within the fashion industry. Having taken a gap year, I took on the challenge of working with A level students at my local High School, The Hazeley Academy. I'm also a proud mother of two lovely children, my daughter Eiden aged eleven and my eight year old son, Adriano.
What do you love about your job?
The sheer chaos, laughter and pandemonium…..What’s not to love! I adore my students and am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such dynamic and enterprising youth. Providing them with opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise explored and building new relationships. Making teenagers laugh at your jokes is quite hard but being told that I have a great sense of humour is quite flattering, it helps keep my students engaged and connected. So yes, it’s not all serious work!
That’s a hard one, I would say all of Milton Keynes is just so picturesque and beautiful, especially in the summer. For activities with children you have XCAPE where you can snowboard on real snow or just fly at the IFLY. We also have Silverstone for Formula 1 enthusiasts and a spa right next to it, Whittlebury Hall, where I love to treat myself!
We also have traditional treasures like Caldecott, magnificent Woburn Abbey, Willen Lake and Bletchley Park Museum. For night life it’s fun at the MK Theatre or even the fastest growing LGBT club in the UK, Pink Punters!
What’s your favourite park and why?
Woburn Abbey Deer Park. Home to nine species of Deer in 3000 acres of beautiful landscape. I enjoy driving past the beautiful landscape dotted with deer grazing in the sunset.
I love Peonies. It’s such a rich and full bodied flower and yet so delicate.
How would you describe your style?
I would say that I love clean, effortlessly relaxed, and feminine style. I am certainly not driven by trends and love that Justine is able to cater to my sense of style whilst still maintaining the sustainable ethos to her collections.
What’s your favourite look from the shoot?
I loved every single dress. The long flowing dresses, the pinks, the whites and the delicate laces Justine uses on her dresses. I love that all the dresses have practical pockets. Such a smart idea.
Unfortunately, most of these styles are now either sold out or not available online currently - we've been having a play and creating a few samples before we head into Autumn. However, if you are interested in any of the dresses from this shoot please do email to get in touch. I have just two white linen Petticoat Lane dresses with lace trim available in small, two pink gingham Primrose Hill dresses in XS/S, and just one long white broderie Primrose Hill dress in M/L. First come first served!
Lots of love,