Casual Glamour: the jumpsuit and jacket combo

The khaki  jumpsuit always reminds me of the 1970s. When mainstream fashion was shunned for second-hand clothes, military garb and DIY. When the political climate was unpredictable and civil rights, world peace and protest marches prevailed. Sound familiar? I’m not protesting here, I’m on my way to London Fashion Week. Taking a Casually Glamourous approach byRead 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

The highs and lows of life online

  Sometimes the internet is a wonderful thing. Masako Wakamiya creating an app at 81-years-old, what a joy. Being attacked by a Malware virus, not so much. But after a lot of tinkering around backstage That’s Not My Age is back in business. And if anyone’s remotely interested, this has involved moving to a differentRead more

News of a book-signing event on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) I will be giving a talk and signing copies of Style Forever at the lovely Gudrun Sjoden store in Covent Garden. Over her 40 years in the industry, Gudrun has remained committed to environmental projects and human rights  and has supported female garment workers around the globe. I admire Gudrun’s stance and her support for womankind. And IRead more

The best way to accessorize

There’s a lovely feature over on Advanced Style at the minute. Writer and artist Sandy Badash is talking about confidence and body image, concluding with *spoiler alert* ‘Hey, I’ve come a long way, and I realize I’m not a perfect being and while I put myself out there clothing-wise, and certainly don’t mind being seen,Read 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

The Maker’s Atelier – a new book for women who like making stylish clothes

If you like COS and you like making clothes, then you will love this new book by Frances Tobin. The Maker’s Atelier sewing brand (selling paper patterns and making kits) was set up by the 57-year-old designer two-and-a-half years ago; when despite a minor COS habit, she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted to wear (at the right quality), onRead 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

What’s with all these blooming roses?

Love them or hate them, rose scents are in the air this week. Comfort factor or cloying cliché? Vicci Bentley grasps the thorny issue. So Valentine’s Day’s just around the corner and predictably, Planet Beauty is awash with blooming roses. Everything it seems from lip balm to body lotion has been blessed by the petal.Read more