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

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

Grey hairspiration in Harper’s Bazaar

More grey hairspiration (#greyspiration) from Jan de Villeneuve in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. After my last post, several readers commented on making adjustments to makeup, accessories and colours worn, when growing in the grey – and JdV’s red lips , drop earrings and beautiful Simone Rocha jacket look FAB. Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘celebration of sisterhood’ has Ashley Graham on the cover and aRead more

Age is not a fashion fad

My Grey-dar is always on high alert and this week it went, ‘Peep, peep, peep,’ on the appearance of  Hunger magazine’s ‘Through the ages’ fashion shoot. I like the tone of the editorial, too, ‘Fashion stands as a universal form of communication that has the ability to welcome all ethnicities, shapes and ages. Our attitudes need toRead more

FAB, fantastic and super-fit: Ro Sylvester in the All Day Every Day video

    Video director Isaac Lock spotted Ro Sylvester lifting weights at the gym (in full makeup); next thing you know she’s starring in one of his videos. ‘Beyond being a celebration of Ro’s incredible physical strength, it’s just about her representing this brilliant figure emerging from the chaos around her,’ Lock has said,’ finding theRead more

Woman’s best friend…

I went to one of those relentlessly self-improving Guardian Masterclasses the other evening, says Elaine Kingett. ‘How to change your life,’ run by a life coach. I quite like mine already, but am always open to input on how to make things a bit better – and every envelope deserves to be opened by theRead more

Vera & John: life and love on the back of an envelope

Having a cup of tea at his parents’ house in London, photographer Jason Wilde  discovered a used envelope with a handwritten note on the back. This simple message from his mother Vera to his father John – with instructions for the evening’s dinner – was the catalyst for a decade-long project. Without Vera’s knowledge (but with theRead 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

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

This is a fantastic film – 20th Century Women with Annette Bening

This a beautiful film. Beautifully shot in the hazy Californian sunshine. 20th Century Women is set in Santa Barbara at the end of the 1970s. Annette Bening is superb as Dorothea Fields, a chain-smoking, 55-year-old single mother living in a shared house with her 15-year-old son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning andRead more