An exhibition about northern style

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A new exhibition at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool is one of my must-sees early this year (it’s on until 19 March). North: Identity, Photography, Fashion includes the photographs of Shirley Baker , Alistair McLellan, Elaine Constantine, Corinne Day and Nick Knight. Together with work by designers  Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Peter Saville, stylist Simon Foxton and many more. I grewRead more

Hands that have lived: Karen Walker & Advanced Style collaborate

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My 52-year-old hands have their fair share of wrinkles, veins and age spots. I know I probably should have taken more care of them (years of cycling without sun screen hasn’t helped) but they are my hands and they work. And that’s what they look like. And the latest Karen Walker jewellery campaign shot byRead more

Bill Cunningham: the legend

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I don’t often re-issue old posts, but here’s one I wrote after seeing Bill Cunningham New York the movie. The original street style photographer died in New York yesterday, aged 87: Here’s a gentleman – and Cunningham is a real gent – who’s been riding up and down the streets of New York for overRead more

Older models: Jan de Villeneuve

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Bingo, beer and crisps, looks like the perfect night out. 70-year-old model Jan de Villeneuve appeared in this week’s Stylist magazine, in a fashion shoot celebrating summer’s maximalist vibe. A qualified teacher, Ohio-born de Villeneuve started modelling in the 1960s when she was discovered on a trip to New York (full story HERE ); retiring afterRead more

50 years of fashion icon Twiggy

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The Face of 1966, Twiggy is celebrating 50 years in fashion. Discovered as a 16-year-old schoolgirl, the model-turned-actor-singer-designer formerly known as Lesley Hornby remains a much-recognised face at 66-years-old. I’ve met Twiggy several times: the first about 15-years ago as a fashion editor when she was magazine cover star on one of our issues, andRead more

Being inspired by the photography of Saul Leiter

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If you’ve seen the Todd Haynes’ film Carol these pictures will feel very familiar. Beautifully shot by the cinematographer Ed Lachman, Carol was visually inspired by the work of the late photographer Saul Leiter. Feeling in desperate need of inspiration, myself (it’s true what they say about all work and no play), I took myselfRead more

Wearing stripes, Bridget Riley and the seaside

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Bridget Riley loves a good stripe. The 84-year-old Op Artist has been using them in her eye-popping artwork for over 50 years. My parallel-line loving history follows a similar timeline. Having grown-up in a seaside town surrounded by deck chairs, sticks of rock, ridges in the sand, I’ve always been partial to a linear pattern. So, IRead more

The True Cost: a fashion documentary to make you think

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I was deeply moved by the London premiere of The True Cost, this week. And not just because Colin Firth was on the red carpet. This documentary about fast fashion and the appalling impact it has on both garment factory workers and the environment, is upsetting and, at times, difficult to watch. Directed by AndrewRead more

Inspiration: the Dries Van Noten exhibition


One of the highlights of our recent trip to Paris, apart from a special anniversary celebration, was a visit to the Dries Van Noten retrospective at the musée Les Arts Decoratif. Aside from drinking champagne with Mr That’s Not My Age, the first major exhibition of the Belgian designer’s archive was top of my to-doRead more

Age: a state of mind

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  Let’s hear it for Sonic Youth bass player/artist/producer Kim Gordon, who according to Opening Ceremony’s Facebook page was ‘killing it’ at Chloe Sevigny’s New York Fashion Week presentation, yesterday. Kim rocks and is 60 this April. Kim Killing It.   Perhaps that sign should say ‘The agony of hot pants’. One of the mainRead more