About a week ago I got a call from the girls over at Marks & Spencer asking me if I'd like to come and have dinner with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The event was in honour of Rosie's latest collection launch with Marks & Spencer. The date set for the event was the night before I was meant to be flying to the USA for a week for business. While I hadn't done anything to prepare for my trip, this was one event I couldn't turn down as only days before I had written a piece about the new launch describing how over the moon I was about Rosie's cashmere separates.
So the night of the dinner arrives and here I am wondering, what does one wear to have dinner with one of the world's most beautiful women? In the end I settled on a little black dress and a head of wavy hair. What's the point in trying to do absolutely anything when you know you are going to be sitting with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In truth, the only thing I knew about the model/actress/designer was from interviews or appearances I had watched on TV or Youtube. I didn't have an extensive knowledge of her history, I simply knew she was a public figure that was adored by many, including everyone in the industry that had ever worked with her.
Within five minutes of meeting Miss Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, I immediately knew what all the hoopla was about. This woman oozes charm. She has the ability to make you feel as if the two of you could have been best friends in another lifetime. The idea that every man seems to think she is sex on heels doesn't seem to phase her in the slightest. In fact, if you didn't know any better you would think she was simply the girl next door, only she'd be the most beautiful girl next door I'd ever seen.
We began talking about her line over the first course and the conversation quickly led onto where Rosie had already worn her sleepwear range she had designed. As I once too was doing the LA-London commute quite regularly I told Rosie that I was looking forward to the comforting cashmere on my next flight over and she told me that's exactly what she pictured as she was designing the collection. This is a collection all about casual elegance found in comfortable high quality pieces, and I'm sold from top to bottom.
By dessert, I was asking what's next for Rosie with Marks & Spencer? Well, there's more lingerie on the cards. But we're secretly hoping she'll expand into clothing. It would be a natural step forward now that she's begun designing what is more or less casual daywear for the lingerie collection.
Watch this space, ladies and gents, as I do believe this is only the beginning of the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley empire.