Two years since the launch of her eponymous jumpsuit, Vicky McClure is back with an updated version of the original bestseller. Reimagined in a light, linen mix cloth, this latest addition to our Forever Pieces collection is – once again – a garment to treasure. We caught up with Vicky to find out more.
How do you build on something you think is just right? That is the challenge - albeit a nice one – we have had here at Finery since deciding to revisit 2016’s McClure jumpsuit. ‘I always hoped we would continue working together,’ comments Vicky. As one of the original Forever Pieces collaborators, the award-winning actress was an obvious personality to work with again, as creative director Emma Farrow explains. ‘To us, Vicky is the epitome of effortless cool: the perfect mix of being elegant but with an androgynous edge. This comes through in all of the characters she plays, and we wanted to ensure the new McClure jumpsuit reflected this as much as the first did.’ For both Emma and Vicky, the answer to successfully updating the jumpsuit lay in the fabric and colour. ‘I wanted something timeless and easy to maintain,’ says Vicky. ‘There’s a very subtle mix of grey and cream in the colour way.’
The result is a piece that just looks like something you’ll treasure forever; which is of course the aim. Like with the first McClure, it is not driven by trends and is instead created to fit a gap in your wardrobe. The good thing about this one is that is has a more relaxed feel to it. ‘I think this is great casual daywear. Jumpsuits are good fun and perfect for a chilled weekend.’
Vicky is, to many people, one of Britain’s leading domestic acting talents. Born and raised in Nottinghamshire (where she still lives), she is best known for her role of Lol Jenkins in cult film and TV series This Is England. ‘I will always have an emotional attachment to Lol. Playing a character for 10 years means so much to me. When you improvise a character its hard not to lose yourself in it.’
Another character Vicky has played over multiple series is Kate Fleming in BBC drama Line of Duty. Despite being the opposite of Lol, she is someone else viewers have responded positively to. ‘Kate has also become a character I’ve invested a lot of time into now; she’s a great challenging character to play. Jed Mercurio writes such incredible storylines for myself and all the actors; we all want to do them justice.’ Will Kate return in series five? ‘I hope so! Laughs Vicky. ‘I hear Jed is busy writing it now.’
Despite all of her successes, Vicky is not content only with acting and last December saw her co-produce her first sitcom, Charity Shop Sue’s Christmas (alongside longtime collaborator Shane Meadows). ‘This was one of the funniest jobs I’ve ever worked on and gave me a real taste for producing. I’m a stickler for detail and control; producing fits that bill.’
When asked about what is next – apart from spoof spy thriller Action Team that started airing in early March – Vicky is somewhat coy. All she will say is ‘Some more drama coming, too.’ And hopefully more jumpsuits.
Photography by Jack Johnstone