Quote of the week: Dries Van Noten

  Dries Van Noten  is a designer that grown women dream of. By that I mean me, obviously. One. Day. But I know I’m not alone. His lust-worthy designs in luxurious fabrics and rich colour combinations ooze timelessness and individuality. There’s a brilliant feature on the the 58-year-old Belgian designer in the FT’s How To Spend It , where Van Noten talks businessRead more

How to wear colour and a bit more makeup

This slightly ‘off’ khaki green and burnt orange colour combination is a little bit 1970s, a little bit Vanessa Bell. Must’ve been inspired by the exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery . Bell was part of the Bloomsbury set and Virginia Woolf’s sister and she created some quite extraordinary paintings and textile designs  in the early 20th century. I’ve always preferred natural, not-much-makeup-makeup.Read more

The Garnered: the style website worth a gander

‘It’s not about price,’ says Anna Garner when I ask how she gathers things for her chic, new website The Garnered . ‘I never want to be drawn to things that are expensive just for the sake of it. I’m interested in quality and longevity – it’s got to be individual and unique’. And Garner definitely practises whatRead more

Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week

What were the grown-ups wearing at London Fashion Week? The all-important, run-around shoe ranged from statement flats and sneakers to au courant kitten-heels . Wardrobe Glue was livened up by a floral print or a flash of gingham – the everyday basics always look better when they’re whooped up . And outerwear came down to colourful jackets , coats and practical macs . All key whenRead more

New ways to wear denim

As a denim lover (can’t type that without thinking of Phil Collins, oh). I am always on the look out for new ways to wear this beautiful, hard-wearing fabric. So. Continuing the DIY theme, Wool & the Gan g has collaborated with Rowan on a lovely stonewashed cotton yarn. I can’t knit but I know a woman who can… ThisRead more

This week’s style inspiration: grey hair on the catwalk, Oxfam at fashion week and Kristin Scott Thomas

London Fashion Week has started. While I don’t do the whole shebang, I do a few bits and pieces and after being holed up for months writing a book, I’m actually looking forward to getting out there and being inspired. And it feels like there’s a whole lot of noteworthy stuff going on, right now.Read more

Stealth Style

Life isn’t all La La Land as we know (hooray for Emma Stone at the BAFTAs ); the sunny yellow, summer dress is all very well but often style is about being stealth-y . The pared-down, easy to wear pieces that dance down the street, everyday. For me, that includes jeans – sometimes blue, sometimes black (these are MiH Phoebe ) and shoesRead more

The emotional power of clothing

An old acquaintance sent me a message a while ago, says Elaine Kingett. A photo of my ex’s jacket, draped on the back of a chair. ‘Is this blah-blah’s? Did he leave it here after dinner last night?’ She’d made a mistake. Got the wrong Elaine. My ex had subsequently married a woman with theRead more

Lauren Hutton for Bottega Veneta

What a glorious image. Lauren Hutton in shades of raspberry and red in the spring/summer 2017 campaign for Bottega Veneta. The 73-year-old model appeared in the Italian brand’s spring catwalk show last year, sporting a classic trench and holding the bag she carried in American Gigolo. Colour has been a hot topic on That’s Not My Age thisRead more

Getting organised & going green for 2017 (sort of)

In a fit of avoidance behaviour, I decided to leave the book editing, get organised and buy a diary. That was after I’d finished unpacking and been to the dry cleaners, yesterday. I always prefer an actual pocket notebook to a smartphone and yeah, I know that three-days-in is hardly organised but I had implementedRead more