I had the most brilliant time with Gabi, who is an extraordinarily good judge of colour as well as a lovely person. I was with her for hours, and the time whizzed by as it was all so much fun. I could not have wished for a better draping experience: not only do I now know for sure which season is mine, but I also know exactly where within that season my particular colouring falls, which explains why I can only wear some of the lipsticks other BW people wear, and a hundred other details like this.
Gabi made sure I understood every part of the draping and, although I began by making snap judgements based on my previous feelings about colours, it was magical to see with her how the contrasting drapes revealed better or worse options, narrowing down eventually to my two or three best seasons. Everything was compared with everything else and, even though I thought I knew a lot about colour analysis, I learnt a great deal throughout the time I was with Gabi. I was so surprised for instance that colours that are too soft for me can actually look ‘too bright’ near my face. The effects of the wrong colours tell you as much as the effects of the right ones and the whole process was fascinating. Despite my Summery appearance, I happen to be placed very centrally within my BW season, which is great to know in itself, but I also know that if I ever need to appear formidable and strict without losing myself completely, I can dip into True Winter.
I believe that we in the UK are so lucky to have Gabi here: she has an unimaginably nuanced eye for detail and is hugely talented at what she does and at communicating it.