Grey hair, very slowly getting there

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All the blues and greys. J’adore the new Lanvin campaign featuring Stella Tennant and photographed by Paolo Roversi. A penchant for pyjama-rama-style is easy to cultivate when you work from home. But enough about Lanvin, let’s talk about grey hair. Stella Tennant’s is a work in progress and for the last couple of years I’ve been toying and fro-ingRead more

Would you give up makeup?

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What is it with this zero makeup trend? – writes Vicci Bentley. Fair enough, January’s the month when we all go detox ditsy, but purging ourselves of colour seems extreme. And it’s not just models and celebrities on Instagram (#nomakeup), Sheila Hancock, 83 has made a stand against piling it on for HD cameras and refuses to wear a stitchRead more

An exhibition about northern style

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A new exhibition at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool is one of my must-sees early this year (it’s on until 19 March). North: Identity, Photography, Fashion includes the photographs of Shirley Baker , Alistair McLellan, Elaine Constantine, Corinne Day and Nick Knight. Together with work by designers  Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Peter Saville, stylist Simon Foxton and many more. I grewRead more

The best way to wear flat lace-ups and brogues

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Introducing the best flat shoe-wearer on the planet: Ana Gimeno Brugada. The Milan-based, Spanish-born stylist and fashion consultant (and regular on my best-dressed Pinterest board ) is never out of Gentlewoman Style footwear and Gucci flats .  Ana GB is fairly elusive and has said of the fashion week circus, ‘Sometimes they are just trying to get shots of people inRead more

Lauren Hutton for Bottega Veneta

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What a glorious image. Lauren Hutton in shades of raspberry and red in the spring/summer 2017 campaign for Bottega Veneta. The 73-year-old model appeared in the Italian brand’s spring catwalk show last year, sporting a classic trench and holding the bag she carried in American Gigolo. Colour has been a hot topic on That’s Not My Age thisRead more

Getting organised & going green for 2017 (sort of)

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In a fit of avoidance behaviour, I decided to leave the book editing, get organised and buy a diary. That was after I’d finished unpacking and been to the dry cleaners, yesterday. I always prefer an actual pocket notebook to a smartphone and yeah, I know that three-days-in is hardly organised but I had implementedRead more

Let’s talk about sparkly socks – and switching off

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Happy New Year! Current status: lolling around in a Berlin apartment after a brisk New Year’s Day walk through the city. Marvellous. Having had a few days offline, I am going to try to embrace the Right To Disconnect a bit more this year. As of today, a bill comes into practise ensuring that French companies with overRead more

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Blimey, it’s Christmas. I’ve been cracking on with Book Number Two like nobody’s business and Christmas has crept up on me like a pantomime villain. This photo of Karen Elson is from Grace: The American Vogue Years . Such a wonderful roundup of an outstanding career, though the coffee table book is so big I can barely lift it. MustRead more

Flaming good scents! Five of the best perfumed candles for Christmas

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There’s nothing like an exquisitely scented candle to warm the cockles, writes Vicci Bentley. Fair enough, they’ve become the default gift, replacing soap and bath cubes – and they are the ideal dinner party gift for someone you like, but don’t really know. Yet their huge popularity is founded on a universally appealing thought. These dark days around the Solstice, there’s poetryRead more

Creative Women at Work: scarf designer Jane Carr (and a special offer!)

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Designer Jane Carr studied fashion at Central Saint Martins and then worked in Italy for many years – first as head of print at Versace and then at Jil Sander (when Jil was actually there) – before setting up her own scarf company, in London. ‘I started making scarves for friends and then the companyRead more