Grenson’s limited edition shoe with a literary twist

  There’s lots of information on fabulous flat shoes and how to wear them in Book Number Two (final proofread arriving this week) and one of the experts I spoke to for that chapter was from Grenson . This week the British shoe brand launches a wonderful collaboration with Persephone Books, I’ve written about it forRead more

Fashion that doesn’t cost a fortune

Now that I have entered the Buy Better Years, I am much more careful about my style purchases. This doesn’t mean maxing out the plastic at Net-a-Porter , it means considerate consumption  and not buying shit clothes. Fortunately, there are good quality basics to be had at affordable prices. If you like COS and Uniqlo, it’s worth checkingRead more

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

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

What to wear right now: a cashmere roll neck

It’s jumper weather right now and as there are only a couple of weeks of the year when a woman of my age can wear a roll neck, (without descending into a hot menopausal mess ) I’m making the most of it. Michelle Williams looks the business in jeans and a jumper in the latest issue of WSJ magazine .Read more

Whooping up your wardrobe basics

Had to engage in a spot of Frayed Hem Management last week. After a couple of washes, the DIY cropped kick-flare jeans had got themselves into a bit of a tangle. Time for a trim. Neat and even fraying is fine but no one wants Incredible Hulk Hems. Looking for ways to perk up my vintage coat/old clothes IRead more

Statement Shirts worth splashing out on

Apart from the Palmer//Harding shirts, I wasn’t sure about Modern Rarity ( John Lewis’ collection of luxury basics), at first. The name was a bit of a mouthful, the colour palette a bit beige, the overall effect a bit underwhelming. But for spring/summer this premium collection feels stronger – more navy blue and more shirty-ness from Palmer//Harding helps. There’s aRead more