Creative women at work: Amelia Bullmore

Actor Amelia Bullmore has appeared in some of my favourite TV programmes: Coronation Street ( Steph Barnes ), I’m Alan Partridge (girlfriend Sonja ) and Twenty Twelve ( Kay Hope ) – we’ll come onto Happy Valley in a minute. And so, it’s quite surprising, then, that when we met at a Pilates class, a couple of years ago, I didn’t evenRead more

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog film

‘Do you want to see a film about Laurie Anderson’s dog?’ One of my friends asked me towards the end of last year. This could go one of two ways I thought with trepidation (dog’s breakfast or dog’s bollocks). Although it wasn’t exactly top of my to-do list; I like Laurie Anderson, I like dogs,Read more

Quote of the week – Julianne Moore

Have you ever noticed that the first audience question at a live Q&A is always some five-minute long, self-serving pretentious ramble? Julianne Moore was at our local cinema the Brixton Ritzy on Friday night, answering questions after a preview of her latest film Freeheld . True to form, the first questioner droned on incessantly. Basically, theRead 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

Creative women at work: knitwear designer Jo Gordon

The best part of writing Style Forever was interviewing all the industry experts and Inspirational Women. And for a while now I’ve been thinking I should continue this series on That’s Not My Age. Here’s the first in what I hope (time permitting) will become a regular feature: Knitwear designer Jo Gordon is about toRead more

I love Radio Gorgeous

Josephine Pembroke founded Radio Gorgeous when she was 50. Having worked in radio and PR, as well as on-stage in eighties club band Pussies Galore (who I think I might have seen at the Hacienda), four years ago Josephine decided to create an internet radio station for vibrant, intelligent women. I was delighted then, whenRead more

The Accidental Icon

If ever you need to give your eyes a rest from the usual, look-at-me, street style fashion fandango, click over to Accidental Icon . Lyn Slater is an academic who writes eloquently about creativity and style and lives her life in monochrome. Her cool aesthetic and unerring sense of style are a tonic for anyone with aRead more

The oldest PhD student in the world (aged 102)

I heard the most incredible story on the radio, yesterday. At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport is the oldest person in the world to be awarded a PhD  – she was talking about her experience to one of my favourite broadcast journalists, Eddie Mair. As a student in Nazi Germany, Rapoport (née Syllm) submitted her thesis inRead more

Linda Rodin for Matchesfashion.com

Shirt, Alexander McQueen, available HERE . Skirt, Peter Pilotto, available HERE. Shoes, Oscar de la Renta, available HERE . There’s a fabulous Linda Rodin shoot in the latest issue of Matchesfashion.com magazine. Ruth Chapman (the co-founder of Matchesfashion.com) told me about it when I interviewed her recently. We’d never met before but got on like a house on fire,Read more

Marion Cotillard and my new film of the summer

  Marion Cotillard in Dior at the Met Gala 2014 After seeing the brilliant film Two Days, One Night, Marion Cotillard is my new favourite French femme. She’s superb as a woman battling depression and battling to save her job. The small town action takes place over a single weekend, when Cotillard’s Sandra tries toRead more