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

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…

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

Creative Women at Work: Mouchette Bell returns to modelling in her 50s

One thing really did lead to another for freelance fashion editor/ stylist Mouchette Bell. A guest-lecturing position morphed into modelling the student collections at Graduate Fashion Week , where she was spotted on the catwalk by an agent from Models 1. ‘I modelled years ago in the 1980s, for some quite big people,’ Mouchette tells me modestly, goingRead 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

Not long till publication! Know Your Style: Mix It, Match It, Love it

I can’t quite believe I’ve written one book, let alone two. And yet a package arrived last week that confirmed it. There was Know Your Style, the follow-up to Style Forever . My publisher Hardie Grant was so pleased with the first book they asked me to write another one. This time around the aim was to talk lessRead more

How to wear a kaftan all summer long

Apart from chic, holiday markets in Ibiza, where do you find a good kaftan? Pippa Holt’s luxury cotton kaftans are lovely but pricey  – the equivalent of two return Easyjet flights to Athens (still no sign of Mr TNMA’s reading glasses). Ditto Dosa . For something more reasonably priced try  Boden and East . This full-length linen number is by Cyprus-based label YUMEworld available via Etsy .Read more

Agnes b: a celebration of 40 years of style

David Bowie wore her leather trousers, she counts Patti Smith and David Lynch as friends, and at 75 she is the president of hip-hop centre La Place in Paris’ Les Halles. How cool is Agnès B? The French designer, real name Agnès Troublé, has been writing her own fashion rules for four decades, and now is theRead more