The Corduroy Comeback

Despite its nerdy, librarian-chic connotations, corduroy is a fabric that has an enduring capacity for cool. For every buttoned-up Wes Anderson star there’s an insouciant Jane Birkin. This autumn, both geeky and relaxed versions of the cut-pile fabric appeared on the catwalk at Prada , Lemaire and Marc Jacobs , leaving me incredibly pleased with the mint-condition, second-hand Margaret Howell corduroy blazerRead more

Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week

Showing women of all ages doing their own thing is what I want to do more of on That’s Not My Age. And with this in mind I popped along to London Fashion Week, over the weekend. Walking past a group of street style photographers desperately taking pictures of a badly dressed teenager by aRead more

Know Your Style: the launch party

There are so many lovely photos of friends, colleagues and That’s Not My Age followers, I’m going to run this over a couple of posts. The Know Your Style London launch party was a blast. And it was brilliant to spend time with such a gorgeous group of friendly, talented, like-minded people. In the spirit of the bookRead more

Loving Diane von Furstenberg’s leopard print

Wenda Parkinson in a leopard print coat and cloche hat, American Vogue 1949. Keith Richards in a women’s leopard print jacket, striped t-shirt and bow tie, after a gig in 1974. Giovanna Battaglia Englebert in a Diane von Furstenberg leopard print wrap dress , New York Fashion Week 2017. These are my top three leopard-loving moments. Last year, Jonathan Saunders was hired by Diane von FurstenbergRead more

Welcome back, Katharine Hamnett

  One of my favourite designers from the 1980s, Katharine Hamnett, is back and the timing couldn’t be any more apt. All protest t-shirts and parachute silks, the political, social and environmental activist championed sustainable fashion when it really was unheard of and famously wore a ‘58% don’t want Pershing’ slogan t-shirt to meet Margaret Thatcher, in 1984 . Today’s unpredictableRead more

The not-too-flouncy floral shirt

I thought I wasn’t a print person, but obviously I am. Maybe it’s some kind of Decorative Denial (?) But this summer, I’m not exactly saying pah to pattern. The easiest way to take the frou-frou out of floral prints is to mix things up; juxtapose everyday Gentlewoman Style with hints of 1970s Keith Richards (or Morrissey when we still liked him). This penchant for bohemian hippy/punk garb – a leopard print coat here, a skinny scarf there –  is part of my DNA, it was hardwired to my teenage soul and, like a vinyl record on repeat, is something I always come back to…

Pleats Please Me (at last)

  Sometimes an item of clothing has strong associations: Don’t Look Now might have put you off red coats forever, one waft of a nemesis’ signature perfume can make you shiver. For me, Issey Miyake Pleats Please has powerful links to my fashion editor days (in the 1990s power dressing involved Pleats not shoulder pads). Let’s just say The Devil WearsRead more

Celebrating women of all ages: Lulu Frost

  Lisa Salzer-Wiles the designer and founder of Lulu Frost jewellery gets it. I know this because as well as creating this beautiful campaign championing strong women of all ages, she’s one of the designers I interviewed for my new book Know Your Style (further details HERE ) I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to New York-based Lisa over the phone;Read more

The not-too-dressed-up-dress

On a short work trip to Stockholm for a few days, I have these three items with me: the maxi dress from  People Tree’s V&A collection  (now with added breakfast down the front), white leather trainers to take the edge off and a mini cross-body bag  from LK Bennett . Perfect for fitting a phone, purse, cards and passport in. But not the travel plugRead more

The V&A collection for People Tree

Maybe it’s because I’m a northerner that I find the V&A’s vintage prints appealing. Originally produced by the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester, the People Tree’s V&A collection  uses 1930s prints from the museum’s archive. Manchester was home to the textile industry and centre of cotton trade in the 19th century. And where I studied for my degree (not in the 19thRead more