Creative Women at Work: Lubna Chowdhary, V&A ceramics resident

‘I am always trying to combine ideas and aesthetics from the eastern and western worlds,’ London-based artist Lubna Chowdhary tells me, ‘the eastern influence is a very strong part of my identity but I like to bring both sides together to tell a story.’ Born in Tanzania to Indian parents, Chowdhary grew up on the outskirts ofRead more

Celebrating one of the greatest models of the 20th century: the Barbara Mullen biography

A friend of a friend of mine told me an interesting story about Barbara Mullen, one of the greatest — and perhaps least known — fashion models of the 1940s and 1950s. Mullen started out, (aged 18) as a Berdgorf Goodman salon mannequin in 1945, and was a fascinating model who enjoyed an extraordinary career.Read more

Maison Assouline: a lovely grown-up spot

London is carrying on. I had a meeting the other day at the Maison Assouline  book store in Piccadilly and had forgotten what a beautiful place it is. The perfect grown-up pit-stop. Situated in an old bank in the centre of town, Maison Assouline is ideal for that all important business coffee or an early evening drink.Read more

Be inspired by Chelsea Flower Show…

As with catwalk fashion, garden design is taken to the extreme at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (remember Diarmuid Gavin’s twirling trees last year?), writes Adrienne Wyper. And, of necessity, fashions change more slowly in horticulture than clothes. But although the show gardens are created for maximum impact, there are nevertheless trends to take away. ColourRead more

A Time to Live: A new film from Sue Bourne

With boxes of vitamins and supplements and a lot of chocolate biscuits, director Sue Bourne and her film crew set off in a van around the country to film A Time To Live. The latest documentary from the award-winning film maker, is a series of interviews with people diagnosed with a terminal illness. After the screeningRead more

This year’s Turner Prize has no age limit

The Turner Prize has gone ageless. I’m a bit late to this snippet of news but I have been in Book Editing Hell for the last week. Nearly there… As creativity is not limited to the young and artists often make a breakthrough later in life, removing the age limit makes perfect sense. My money is on Lubaina Himid, 62, aRead more

Cornelia Parker on the campaign trail

I’m interested to see what the official artist of the general election 2017 Cornelia Parker comes up with. Maybe her exploding shed is a clue… ‘Everything I look at now seems political,’ she told Mishal Husain on the Today programme (video clip HERE ), ‘even the debris on my kitchen table.’ This could be the perfect role forRead more

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

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

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