8th December 2020

As Fashion Director of The Times, Anna Murphy keeps her eye on the high end fashion of the catwalks, but also on the high street. She loves examining what the changing wardrobe of the modern woman reveals about our changing lives. Having begun her career at The World of Interiors, and as the daughter of two artists, Anna is just as obsessed with art and objects.

Naturally, it felt like a perfect fit when Anna agreed to peruse Cockpit Makers’ Market and pick out her favourites.

“Statement earrings are my thing, and these hand-crocheted beauties make more of a statement than most” Anna says of stunning earrings by Teri Howes.

Clearly jewellery is a weak spot for Anna as she also spotted the evocative work by Niza Huang. “This ring looks as if it has been dug up from the earth intact – proper treasure.”

“I am a ceramics junkie. My flat is full of the stuff. But I have nothing like Vanessa Hogge‘s remarkable floral fantasias. Yet! Her white daisy bowl would fit right in” Anna tells us enthusiastically.

“I always try to wear at least one splash of colour. This Ekta Kaul cashmere scarf would do nicely.” Clearly doing more personal treat shopping here, Anna! But hurry to Ekta’s website – there’s not many of this range left.

And not forgetting the soul-soothing plant world: “There’s something magical about a bonsai tree, but Arturo Soto takes this fascinating hybrid of art and horticulture to another level.”

Shop Cockpit Makers’ Market right HERE


Anna Murphy joined The Times as Fashion Director in 2015, having been the launch editor of Stella at The Sunday Telegraph. She has interviewed the industry’s biggest names and done everything from wearing a frock made of bin bags to attempting the Angelina leg pop. Her book How Not To Wear Black is a guide to finding your personal style and creating your forever wardrobe.