From cancer battle to fashion with Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton and her inspiration from Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn – Huxster in Bury St Edmunds

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She draws her inspiration from Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn while she has worked with Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton.

At 26, Danielle Grey has already seen one career dashed when the aspiring dancer was diagnosed with cancer aged 17.

Danielle Grey who has worked on next top model, and with Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton has opened a vintage fashion shop.

Danielle Grey who has worked on next top model, and with Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton has opened a vintage fashion shop.

But she turned to her love of fashion designing head scarves from pashminas, rosettes and denim to cover her hair loss.

Nine years on, and after a London fashion career that saw her work with Fearne and Holly, as well as designing clothes for Britain and Ireland’s next top model and various fashion magazines, Danielle has settled in Bury St Edmunds and opened her own vintage fashion shop, Huxster in Hatter Street.

“I have a passion and love for vintage clothing, originality and quality of material. I customises some of the items myself.

“It is that originality I’m trying to bring back to the fashion world. You don’t have to follow trends.

Danielle Grey who has worked on next top model, and with Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton has opened a vintage fashion shop.

Danielle Grey who has worked on next top model, and with Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton has opened a vintage fashion shop.

“I can remember walking past Harrods as a little girl and getting butterflies as I looked in their beautiful window.

“I want to reignite that spark with youngsters and the oldies reminiscing – I’m doing some work on a beautiful ball gown a lady has bought in that she wore in the 50s. It is about putting the fun back into fashion.”

Charlie Huxster is a shop character created by Danielle and based on Charlie Chaplin.

“I read some of Charlie Chaplin’s quotes. He and and Audrey Hepburn both went through tough times to get where they did and I draw inspiration from them.”

Twitter @CharlieHuxster or Facebook Huxsters of Hatter Street.