British socialite Fran Hickman is taking the design scene by storm. It's been a while since I've Single-White-Femaled someone so hard. I like to think I am a hard sell when it comes to a girl-crush: you literally have to have it all - extraordinary style, good looks, bon chic, bon genre, etc. (So far, membership in this exclusive club is limited to Claiborne Swanson Frank and Jessica de Ruiter). But, I have seriously fallen hard for Fran. Here's how she got me:
First of all, she's a British socialite and can we all agree that alone makes her fab? Tatler named her to their 100 Most Likely To Be Invited List, so she goes to all the best parties and shows up in all the social registers in the coolest understatedly chic ensembles with slightly disheveled hair that let's you know that she's just got it and she's not trying. #savage
Second, she was singled out by Lauren Santo Domingo to design Moda Operandi's Belgravia retail outpost and, really, I think that says it all. If the LSD wants you to design her APT, you can sleep smugly knowing you have "It" in spades.
Finally, it's not just that she has personal style, her interiors are inspired in a modern meets old school refinement kind of way that takes an extremely deft hand. No designer in recent memory has been more adept at taking a handful of completely traditional elements, mixing in a dash of sleek and clean, and producing a completely modern look that is equally grounded in tradition. It's pretty fab. She did a stint at both Colefax and Fowler and Soho House before opening her own firm in 2014. As a designer, could you write better script? No. I don't think you could.
All the shelter AND fashion mags of the world sat up and took notice when she recently completed the renovation and design of Mayfair's chic new Chess Club. Benedict Cumberbach had her design his family's London home. Emilia Wickstead. Escada. Alice Temperly and Smythson. An executive at one of the auction houses. The list goes on and continues. I can't wait to see what she does next.
I think it's pretty clear that Fran is totally extra.