Amelia Diamond is proof that once a horse girl, always a horse girl. The Head of Creative at Man Repeller started riding when she was seven and it’s been a major part of her life and style ever since. And while she isn’t currently competing, you can still see hints of equestrian flare throughout her wardrobe. Below, her musings on fashion and greatest horseback memory.
Q: How has your love of riding influenced your current style?
Riding has influenced my style without me ever realizing it because it was such a big part of my life for so long. When I would come home from the barn and back into the city I would keep my breeches and tall boots on to run errands or hang out (mostly out of laziness, but still). I love the tidiness of all the clothing that goes with riding and the horse world. I love that there are rules and very specific details. Every outfit is buttoned up and polished. I always feel like my best self in my riding clothing. The Black Pointe is my favorite Free x Rein piece. I’ve only worn it riding so far, but I’d wear them in NYC without a second thought with a black turtleneck and tall black boots.
Q: How do you think equestrian style has influenced the fashion world?
The human relationship with horses is deep and so historically rooted, so it’s inevitable that it would make it into popular culture in different permeations. Fashion likes a costume, and I think the thing that’s appealing about equestrian style is that its various uniforms come with really specific rules that happen to appeal to the aesthetics of fashion. There are so many different aspects of equestrian style to play off of—Western, English, side saddle, dressage, hunter-jumper, and there are so many ways to work with it, make fun of it, or just pay reverence to it. Look at Ralph Lauren, he’s built an entire company around the look of the horse world.
Q: Who are some of your favorite designers who have taken inspiration from equestrian style?
Of course, Ralph Lauren. Derek Lam’s Fall/Winter 2018 was equestrian-inspired and the show notes even had a quote from National Velvet which was my favorite film growing up. He’s such a smart, cerebral designer and his take on the horse world was not subtle, but really interesting.
Q: What’s your most treasured memory from riding?
I know it sounds so cheesy, but there really are no bad days when you’re on a horse. It’s a huge part of so many of my memories and has shaped me so much, but I think a huge day for me was when I found out I was getting the horse I had been riding, Fussy. I had just turned sixteen a few weeks before and my trainer kept calling me, which I thought was weird because I wasn’t going to the barn that day—and when I got home my parents told me that Fussy was going to be mine. Nothing will ever replicate that euphoria, it was my wildest dreams coming true. It was the same night that Fantasia won American Idol, and I had been cheering for her, so I literally felt like life couldn’t get better.