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

A fantastic exhibition – Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius – and some fancy pants

How colours ‘breathe’ with light and change throughout the day is something designer Hella Jongerius’ work celebrates. Anyone who has bought something under fluorescent shop lighting only to get it home and find that it looks a completely different colour knows the score. But Jongerius is actually referring to (and rebelling against) ‘flat colours producedRead more

Time to ditch the term ‘anti-ageing’

This week, Allure – the US’s best-known beauty magazine – announced it was to stop using the expression anti-ageing. “Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that ageing is a condition we need to battle” explained Michelle Lee in her editor’s letter. “Changing the way we think about ageing starts withRead 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 joy of having younger friends

I tried to dump one of my best friends recently, let’s call her Anna; deliberately turned down invites. Didn’t instigate meet-ups for coffee. Was slow on the Whatsapp replies. She was offended, rightly so. She’s 36. I’m 67, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Are you OK? What’s wrong?’ “I should have friends my own age. Not hangRead 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

Jane Campion talks menopause

Though Top of the Lake series two is available to binge-watch on iPlayer, I’m going to savour this one, take each of the six episodes slowly. It’s beautifully shot, strange and brilliant. And: Elisabeth Moss. Superb in The Handmaid’s Tale she is excellent as detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. Nicole Kidman is outstanding, too. Anyhow,Read more

What the author of Legendary Authors wore

Terry Newman’s Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore  is every literature-loving, style maven’s summer bible. Highlighting the key works and wardrobes of 50 writers, from Proust to Patti Smith, the book has been celebrated across the broadsheets – including any writer’s punch-the-air moment when legendary cover star Joan Didion shared the New York Times review on Facebook. Job done. We know what the erudite authorRead more