Finding time for Fika


One of the things I love about Patti Smith’s book M Train is the insight into her everyday life. How she loves a local coffee and a TV crime drama. At the Greenwich Village coffee shop, Smith has a favourite corner table and admits to experiencing a ‘petulant possessiveness’ whenever it’s taken. I have aRead more

Comfortable, relaxed and just smart enough Kit & Ace Grey.00

‘Being comfortable is the most important thing – and I don’t mean slobby!’ Iris Apfel’s gravelly New York voice announces down the phone at me* and I know exactly what she means. Comfort is crucial and so is fit. I don’t want shoes that I can’t walk in or jackets that pinch my armpits, IRead more

Sixties-inspired sportswear by Peggy Moffitt

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Sporty, sporty Peggy Moffitt. Famous for her Vidal Sassoon five-point cut, heavy eye makeup and appearance in Qui étes-vous Polly Maggoo , the mod-tastic sixties model has launched her own sportswear label . I can’t bring myself to call it athleisure, that’s just about the clumsiest portmanteau, ever. Inspired by the Rudi Gernreich outfits Moffitt modelled in the 1960s, the rangeRead more

The versatile denim jacket

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Being a lifelong denim lover, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to introduce a little indigo. Longer and less boxy than a traditional western denim jacket this J.Crew work wear style (available HERE ) feels like a more versatile, user-friendly option. And, Ines de la Fressange always has a ‘coverall’ in her Uniqlo collectionRead more

Fashion for grown ups


I was thinking recently that it had all gone quiet on the older models front, then up popped The Supers at Balmain and now Giorgio Armani’s New Normal campaign features four models over-40. From left to right: Eva Herzagova,(42), Stella Tennant (45), Yasmin le Bon (51) and Nadja Auermann (44). Oh go on, let’s have another picture of Stella:Read more

Bra shopping as an older woman

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  My bra history goes like this: young, flat-chested and embarrassed, I would guess my size and grab the first bra I could find in M&S , rather than actually seeking advice or trying anything on. Older, saggier and less concerned about what other people think, I’m more inclined to loiter in underwear departments, demanding attentionRead more

Grace Coddington is not retiring just yet


I’m going to be working when I’m 74 because I haven’t got a proper pension plan, Grace Coddington on the other hand is doing it because she wants to explore new opportunities. Coddington announced this week  that she’s stepping down from day-to-day life at American Vogue to become creative-director-at-large, but as the 74-year-old told Business of Fashion she’s notRead more

Being inspired by the photography of Saul Leiter

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If you’ve seen the Todd Haynes’ film Carol these pictures will feel very familiar. Beautifully shot by the cinematographer Ed Lachman, Carol was visually inspired by the work of the late photographer Saul Leiter. Feeling in desperate need of inspiration, myself (it’s true what they say about all work and no play), I took myselfRead more

Revisiting the biker jacket

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Once a symbol of Rebel Style, the biker jacket has become an ageless wardrobe staple. More easy living, than Easy Rider; its cross-generational appeal works for most women, from Linda Rodin to Gigi Hadid (on the cover of January Vogue ). I wore a biker jacket relentlessly as a teenage Clash fan, and got the biker bugRead more

Put your feet up (more Hygge Chic)


Still thinking about getting hygge, I bumped into a friend-of-a-friend at a local market. Deborah Reyner is an ex-rag trader who has worked in both fashion design and forecasting but for the last 22-years has run her own home decor business. Formerly known as DWCD (Desire Will Courage Determination) Home & Gift; purveyor of handmade cushions,Read more