Charlotte (left) wears bra, £112, Fifi Chachnil; skirt, £570, Sportmax. Matilda wears jumper, from £485, Sonia Rykiel; knickers, from £115, Eres. Photo: Jeff Hahn
Charlotte Wiggins, 20, and Matilda Lowther, 18, are in high spirits, giggling about the fun they had on our photo shoot. “We did one shot in the park and had to be carried piggyback by the photographer and hairstylist so we didn’t get muddy,” Lowther says.
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It’s no surprise that Wiggins and Lowther are having the time of their lives. They are part of the latest clique of willowy beauties, also including Sam Rollinson, Lara Mullen and Rosie Tapner, that is dominating the catwalks and magazine covers in Britain and beyond.
This season Wiggins is the face of Topshop and Lowther is one of the faces of Burberry. Originally from Liverpool and now living in north London, Wiggins was scouted by the Select agency on a school trip when she was 16 and was chosen by Christopher Bailey for the autumn/winter 2010 Burberry campaign on the strength of her very first Polaroids. At 18 she did her first full show season for a/w 12, walking for designers such as Stella McCartney, Céline, Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry, which then booked her for its main spring/summer 2013 ad campaign, photographed by Mario Testino.
Cropped jumper, £295, Whistles; lace knickers, £295, Burberry ; socks, £3 for three pairs, Adidas
The eldest of four siblings, Lowther grew up on the historic Lowther estate in Cumbria, which has been in the family for 800 years. Although she still considers the Lake District her home, she lives in Fulham with her cousin, an art student. Scouted just over a year ago, also on a school trip, Lowther did her first show season for s/s 14, walking for Hermès, Y-3, Margaret Howell, Paul Smith, Bottega Veneta and Burberry, which then booked her exclusively for the main campaign, also shot by Mario Testino. The two first met backstage at Burberry.
“Charlotte’s been with Burberry for quite a few years now,” Lowther says, “and when I first did the show she was there that morning and was calming me down because I was so nervous. I was opening the show [the first one down the catwalk] and she’s opened it before so looked after me. She’s like my Burberry older sister.”
Matilda wears jumper, £105, Iris & Ink at the Outnet; lace print skirt, £495, Burberry Prorsum ; earrings (throughout), £5, Topshop; Charlotte wears cashmere jumper, £99, Boden; lace print skirt, £495, Burberry Prorsum, as before; knickers, from £115, Eres
What do you like most about London?
Matilda Lowther: I love all the art, the galleries and museums. My favourite is Tate Modern. The Lake District is beautiful but the contemporary art in London is really amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing the Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House.
Charlotte Wiggins: I like walking the streets of London and discovering new coffee places; I’m a big coffee drinker. And going to the pub.
ML: The Hawley Arms in Camden, north London.
CW: My friends and I go to the Three Crowns in Stoke Newington quite a lot.
ML: The Jade Garden from the Malt House in Fulham is delicious.
CW: Duck and Waffle in the City does really nice cocktails. I order either a mojito or a bellini.
Matilda wears cashmere jumper, £99, Boden ; jeans, £195, MiH . Charlotte wears dress, £169, Hobbs
ML: The Trip Kitchen in Haggerston, north-east London, serves breakfast all day and it’s so nice. I order scrambled eggs with avocado on toast.
CW: Sunday brunch in Caravan in King’s Cross is a favourite of my group of friends.
ML: The Ritz.
CW: Whole Foods.
Denim jacket, £235, MiH
ML: Caravan in King’s Cross.
CW: Hawksmoor does the best steak in London.
ML: The Drury Club on Drury Lane – the music is great, with a lot of 1990s classics.
CW: We go out in east London quite a bit, to Birthdays or the Nest. In town we go to Bodo’s Schloss near Knightsbridge, which is like an Austrian-themed ski lodge. It sounds pretty weird but it’s really fun.
ML: I love cashmere – anything from Brora. I always wear cashmere mittens. I also like Liberty and Beyond Retro for vintage.
CW: The Hub on Church Street in Stoke Newington is nice. My staple shops are Topshop, & Other Stories and Zara. Online it’s Net-A-Porter.com.
ML: I don’t wear much designer stuff really, apart from Burberry.
CW: I like Burberry and Christopher Kane.
Cropped top, £69, Cos ; skirt, £290, Marni Summer Editon (020-7245 9520); silk camisole, £205, and trousers, £385, both Sportmax (020-7499 7902)
ML: At home in Cumbria I get a trim for about £12 in the local salon.
CW: Aveda in Holborn.
ML: My wardrobe varies a lot. Some days I wake up and feel really girly and sometimes I want to be really hardcore and wear loads of black. I would say I’m quite schoolgirly generally. My go-to outfit is usually a duffel coat from Asos and a pleated skirt with boots or sneakers. I love doing wacky 1990s make-up, with sparkles under my eyes and weird jewellery.
CW: My style is quite laidback: jeans, Doc Martens, boyfriend jumpers, but I do like to dress up when the opportunity arises.
Photographer: Jeff Hahn. Fashion by Aurelia Donaldson. Photographer’s assistant: Rogelio Fava. Hair: Louis Ghewy at the Book Agency, using Bumble and Bumble. Make-up: James O’Riley at Premier Hair and Make-up, using Chanel Le Lift and s/s 2014. Retouching: James Midwinter.