January 29, 2016

I ♥ Your Style: Isabella Cawdor

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Isabella with her daughter, her husband, and the gamekeepers all in Cawdor tweed.

I first met Isabella Cawdor when she was a guest at my wedding. Her husband Colin was an old friend of Christopher’s and they flew over from Scotland to celebrate with us. I noticed Isabella because of her romantic, dark purple velvet dress with floral cutouts, and she had a fuchsia rose tucked behind her ear. She was the very first one out on the dance floor, twirled around by Christian Louboutin, and I thought “Who is that gorgeous girl?” We didn’t get to know each other properly until a year a half later when Christopher and I were invited, along with one year old Coco, to visit them at their shooting lodge in the highlands of Scotland. That’s when I was really taken with Isabella. Everything about her life – her house, her kids, her clothes, her posture – was beautiful, but done natural ease and warmth. These days, the Cawdors are perhaps best known for their supermodel daughter Jean Campbell – who stars in the current Louis Vuitton and Burberry ads – but it is Isabella’s down to earth, chic country style that has me reeling every time I see her.

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I love her textured sweater and makeshift turban.

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Isabella’s daughter and friends, all embracing highland style.

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Mom and daughter looking cooler than most in traditional clothes.

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Isabella, Colin, best friend Stella Tennant and their kids, in a Bruce Weber shoot for Italian Vogue celebrating their friendship and family-oriented Scottish lifestyle.

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Wild child Scottish style.

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The cozy country-style sitting room at Drynachan Lodge. Isabella decorated the entire house on her own.

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Stella and Isabella knitting at the kitchen table – girls after my own heart.

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Isabella’s romantic and often improvised interiors remind me to loosen up my own more rigid design tendencies.

Lady Isabella Cawdor at Carnoch

Isabella having fun with her babies.


I’ll never forget this room, as it is where baby Coco called me Mommy for the first time. Can’t think of a lovelier place for it have happened.

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Sweethearts Colin and Isabella having a cuddle.

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A collage from the Bruce Weber shoot.

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Gorgeous Isabella with her pups.


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4 years 11 months ago

Thanks for this wonderful profile. Love reading about and looking at fabulous photos of inspiring women “my age”. Wish there was more recent info out there on her, her beautiful family and work/creative pursuits.

4 years 11 months ago

I love the short film Bruce Weber did of the Cawdors (and Stella Tennant!) Excellent post!

4 years 11 months ago

Gorgeous photos – such unaffected style. Am a big fan of your first book and just started reading your second – loving it!