Fashion Revolution Week: Who made my clothes?

  It’s Fashion Revolution Week. Set up by ethical fashion pioneers  Carrie Somers and Orsola de Castro  after the Rana Plaza disaster,  Fashion Revolution is the organisation behind the  ‘Who made my clothes?’ campaign (here’s how to get involved ). I am a firm believer in considerate consumption, do practise the one-in-one-out rule and follow Livia Firth’s ’30 wears’ philosophy: ‘At the moment of purchase, thinkRead more

Grenson’s limited edition shoe with a literary twist

  There’s lots of information on fabulous flat shoes and how to wear them in Book Number Two (final proofread arriving this week) and one of the experts I spoke to for that chapter was from Grenson . This week the British shoe brand launches a wonderful collaboration with Persephone Books, I’ve written about it forRead more

Celebrating the centenary of Lucienne Day

    This year is the centenary of textile designer Lucienne Day’s birth and there are a number of exhibitions on around the country, coordinated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation (details HERE ). I was up north at the weekend visiting family and friends and managed to squeeze in a visit to the Whitworth Gallery inRead more

Fashion wakes up to the older woman

  Wrestling with the final edit of Book Number Two and a monster hangover, I was standing in the middle of a Manchester street when asked for a quote by the Observer. So, I am dead chuffed to be included in the ‘Fashion wakes up to the older woman’ article by Karen Kay in today’sRead more

Maye Musk in sports luxe, what’s not to like?

Founded by two former-American Vogue editors Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling, and rag & bone’s  ex-head of business development Molly Howard; American brand La Ligne  has worked with 68-year-old model Maye Musk. Athleisure has got to be one of the ugliest portmanteau’s, ever (after meggings), but it’s a trend that’s picking up speed. In fact, this is one of theRead more

Age, athleisure and defying expectations

Athleisure wear perfectly suits my lifestyle and my preference for comfort, says cycling blogger Adele Mitchell.  I work from home. I do yoga. I ride bikes a lot. Why would I wear anything but a wardrobe of super-stretch sportswear, in a colour that I like? And yet according to Vogue’s  ‘rules’ on workout wear’ , at my age (53) itRead more

Gillian Ayres exhibition (s)

  Gillian Ayres abstract paintings have the same mood-enhancing affect as Matisse’s Cut-Outs or Hockney’s Bigger Splash . There’s a lovely exhibition of paintings and woodcuts from the artist’s six-decade-spanning career at the Alan Cristae gallery , London. It’s on for another week and well worth a trip; this blast of bold colour and pattern is guaranteed to perk you right up. Ayres was 87Read more

Bringing bright nails back

After a couple of years of nail polish-free living, I’m embracing fancy fingertips for spring. This is an easy way to let colour in without giving yourself a fright every time you look in the mirror; and an opportunity to step away from the smartphone and switch off. When it comes to decorating nails, IRead more

An interview with Ruth Chapman of matchesfashion.com

Ruth Chapman is the co-founder of British retail brand and online boutique matchesfashion.com , a company that’s been in the news recently for releasing its financial reports for the first time. I interviewed Ruth for Style Forever , we had a lovely chat over lunch at the matchesfashion.com town house and she really is wonderful and charming and the kindRead more

24-hours in Beautiful Bath

  ‘Broad Street is one of those streets where you’ll find everything you need for a party,’ says Ann-Marie James, director of Rossiters of Bath , ‘Fashion, food, makeup – there’s even a tattoo parlour if the moment takes you…’ I’m in Bath for 24-hours to suss out the best bits and write this TNMA city guide. It’sRead more