How to be a Modern Gentlewoman – a new book by Navaz Batliwalla

Put on your favourite Margaret Howell shirt, polish your Church’s brogues, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out today. Written by freelance fashion editor and founder of the Disneyrollergirl blog Navaz Batliwalla, and published by Laurence King, this is the definitive guide for the grown-up tomboy . There’s a history of garconne style, a usefulRead more

A new collection from Jigsaw

I had a look at Jigsaw’s new limited edition A-Line collection the other day. And I like it. For a while now, I’ve been thinking that Jigsaw is on the up, getting back to its nineties best. When I had my Style Forever London launch party at the brand’s Duke Street Emporium, I had several meetings in-store and noticed lots of lovelyRead more

Gentlewoman Style for autumn – the chic way to wear red

It’s on the cover of Vogue, in the Christophe Lemaire collection for Uniqlo (the former Hermes designer will be hitting the high street in October) and the colour of the J.Crew Regent blazer I’m surprisingly drawn to. Red has always been worn with pizzazz by flamboyant women like Diana Vreeland and Iris Apfel; but being more less-is-more, I prefer it GentlewomanRead more

Grown-up tomboys: how to dress like a gentlewoman

Hepburn jacket and matching trousers: Atea Oceanie I’ve dressed like a tomboy since I was a teenager. Now I’m 50 all that’s changed is the name. In my book, Style Forever: the grown-up guide to looking fabulous (out March 2015) I call this Gentlewoman Style. My latest piece for the Guardian HERE explains why being gentlewomanlyRead more