In 2006 Zadie Smith, the widely celebrated and much adored British author whose new novel, Swing Time, is out today, told Vogue that "the amount of time women spend getting dressed - Virginia Woolf said they could have learned Greek."
It was a well-placed jab at the inconvenience of fashion's demands on women, to be sure, but it was just a few moments later that the literary celebrity was showing Vogue around her London home, the top floor of which she had transformed into her own vintage-inspired dressing room.
The author is both extremely beautiful and also not a "fashion person"; she’s not sitting front row at Fashion Week or playing muse to any designers. But she is totally aware of popular culture - that much is evident through her writing - and she has an artful way of dressing that is modern and also deeply nostalgic.
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