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RENAISSANCE WOMAN
By Osman Ahmed
Photographs by Allasdair McLelan
Published Spring 2018

“Cold but warm,” is how stylist-turned-architect Sophie Hicks describes her taste in buildings. It’s an apt reflection that also applies to the woman herself. On one hand, her scalpel-sharp cheekbones and glacial blue eyes give her a refined but resolute quality – further heightened by her ice-white office space and predilection for androgynous tailoring. In person, however, Hicks couldn’t be warmer, wittier or more inclined to pep up our conversation with amusing anecdotes.

Based in West London’s Notting Hill, Hicks has enjoyed more than a few lives. To date, she’s held prestigious roles at Tatler and British Vogue; had a brief dalliance as a model; acted in a Fellini film; and become an in-house stylist for Azzedine Alaïa. Not to mention launched an architectural practice that creates intuitive modern spaces for fashion pioneers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Paul Smith, and Phoebe Philo, all while raising three children. the list really does go on.

Today, Hicks works in an office that is adjoined to her home in a Notting Hill mews. It’s notably quiet and she’s joined by her business partner Tom Hopes. Her desk is stacked with folders, paperwork, and parts of small architectural models. “At one point there were about 25 people in here,” she says. “We were doing about 25 stores a season, churning them out.” These days, she’s her own boss, working on her own projects.

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