Inspirational Women: The Dinner Party


  Artists, journalists, singers, cultural creatives, I’d like to go to the & Other Stories Christmas party. The Swedish brand’s latest campaign features inspirational, grown-up women who actually look like they’re having fun. Unlike an M&S set-up or schmaltzy John Lewis epic, the & Other Stories campaign feels lovely and real, with clothes you’d actually want toRead more

Style Forever New York Party

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Don’t be fooled by this photograph of me and Accidental Icon Lyn Slater stylin’ it out in black and white, the New York launch party was a FABulously colourful affair. Lots of wonderful guests turned up to celebrate Style Forever , it was lovely to see Carol and Richard Markel again; Richard was dapper-as-ever in emerald green and blueRead more

Maggie Smith is The Lady in the Van

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I can’t think of anyone who could play The Lady in the Van better than Maggie Smith. She’s brilliant and funny as Miss Mary Sheperd the homeless woman who moved her camper van into writer Alan Bennett’s drive for three months, in the 1970s, and ended up staying 15 years. Alex Jennings makes a greatRead more

Older models: Oliver Spencer


Mr That’s Not My Age is looking for some new work trousers. Newsflash. Having tried unsuccessfully to go to a Theory sample sale in New York (big queue right down the street, couldn’t be bothered to wait), we’ve decided to opt for the best of British instead. Menswear designer Oliver Spencer’s autumn campaign, shot by Rankin , is FAB. FeaturingRead more

Style Forever New York

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Blimey. I’ve spent the last few days running around New York like a blue-arsed fly (one of my dad’s favourite expressions); the Health app on my iPhone doesn’t know what’s hit it. The Trailblazers conference at CUNY went well and I will write about it in greater detail soon, suffice to say that it wasRead more

How to avoid looking like a hot menopausal mess

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“It’s too mild, I’m menopausal … you just want a cold wind up you,” said the divine Kathy Burke on Have I Got News For You , last week. We had the hottest October on record and Burke was voicing what every woman over the age of 50 has been thinking for the past four weeks. When oestrogen has left theRead more

Style Forever heading to New York

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Something funny happened this morning, I received an email from Amazon suggesting fashion books I might like to buy and there was Style Forever in the subject header (I know, cookies. But allow me…) Mr That’s Not My Age double-checked just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Also on the book list was, ‘The SecretsRead more

Inspirational Women – Caryn Franklin


Caryn Franklin says she loves being one of fashion’s tribal elders. The former magazine editor, BBC presenter, co-founder of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and MSc student (currently studying applied psychology in fashion at London College of Fashion) is an inspirational woman and style heroine of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to work with herRead more

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy


The Royal Academy has extended opening hours for the last four weeks of its Ai Weiwei exhibition. Late nights on Saturdays and then for the first time, ever, an entire weekend. Might not be so busy at 5am on a Sunday morning… Anyhow. I  like the way Ai Weiwei pulls lots of elements into his work: politics, history,Read more

The velvet party jacket

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For a trip to New York and two Style Forever events, I’ve been thinking that the Once in a Lifetime Jacket needs a companion. A 24-hour, go-everywhere velvet jacket to take me from brunch to book-signing and never look out of place. The plan is to wear my tuxedo to the Trailblazers fashion conference at CUNY (details and tickets HERE ), but the book launch party atRead more