New ways to wear denim

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As a denim lover (can’t type that without thinking of Phil Collins, oh). I am always on the look out for new ways to wear this beautiful, hard-wearing fabric. So. Continuing the DIY theme, Wool & the Gan g has collaborated with Rowan on a lovely stonewashed cotton yarn. I can’t knit but I know a woman who can… ThisRead more

This week’s style inspiration: grey hair on the catwalk, Oxfam at fashion week and Kristin Scott Thomas

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London Fashion Week has started. While I don’t do the whole shebang, I do a few bits and pieces and after being holed up for months writing a book, I’m actually looking forward to getting out there and being inspired. And it feels like there’s a whole lot of noteworthy stuff going on, right now.Read more

The Maker’s Atelier – a new book for women who like making stylish clothes

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If you like COS and you like making clothes, then you will love this new book by Frances Tobin. The Maker’s Atelier sewing brand (selling paper patterns and making kits) was set up by the 57-year-old designer two-and-a-half years ago; when despite a minor COS habit, she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted to wear (at the right quality), onRead more

Stealth Style

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Life isn’t all La La Land as we know (hooray for Emma Stone at the BAFTAs ); the sunny yellow, summer dress is all very well but often style is about being stealth-y . The pared-down, easy to wear pieces that dance down the street, everyday. For me, that includes jeans – sometimes blue, sometimes black (these are MiH Phoebe ) and shoesRead more

What’s with all these blooming roses?

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Love them or hate them, rose scents are in the air this week. Comfort factor or cloying cliché? Vicci Bentley grasps the thorny issue. So Valentine’s Day’s just around the corner and predictably, Planet Beauty is awash with blooming roses. Everything it seems from lip balm to body lotion has been blessed by the petal.Read more

The emotional power of clothing

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An old acquaintance sent me a message a while ago, says Elaine Kingett. A photo of my ex’s jacket, draped on the back of a chair. ‘Is this blah-blah’s? Did he leave it here after dinner last night?’ She’d made a mistake. Got the wrong Elaine. My ex had subsequently married a woman with theRead more

Forever in black jeans

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Recovery, repair, recuperation. I’ve been mending clothes and mending myself over the last week. Just like a teacher falling ill at the end of term, now that the draft copy of Book Number Two is with my editor, I’ve come down with a horrible virus. Prior to this, my favourite pair of ancient, black Acne jeans splitRead more

This is a fantastic film – 20th Century Women with Annette Bening

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This a beautiful film. Beautifully shot in the hazy Californian sunshine. 20th Century Women is set in Santa Barbara at the end of the 1970s. Annette Bening is superb as Dorothea Fields, a chain-smoking, 55-year-old single mother living in a shared house with her 15-year-old son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning andRead more

Fashion and politics do mix

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Talking politics and wearing leopard print, oh hang on a minute …. I know this is a place where women come to read about style but like many others I am deeply concerned about what’s going on in the world right now. I think we can all agree that these are extraordinary times. A couple of weeks ago IRead more

Reasons to be cheerful: a Josef Frank exhibition

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Walking into the Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum is an instant dopamine rush. A beautiful buzz. Like David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II, ‘It’s a form of two-way therapy.’ An escape from bitter temperatures and bonkers politics. Millions of viewers tuned into the BBC nature documentary last year and as the 90-year-old presenter explained, ‘We crave refuge from horrorRead more