Grey-haired role model: Sophie Fontanel on the cover of French Grazia

French fashion journalist and social media star Sophie Fontanel documented her transition to grey hair on Instagram ( @sophiefontanel ; 134k followers). ‘I was fed up with dyeing my hair . It was too dark. To hard for my first wrinkles…’ And has written a book Une Apparition about growing in the grey. This week she’s on the cover of French Grazia . LoveRead more

Anya Smells candles – a mirthful new launch

The clocks are well back now and November’s…November. Says Vicci Bentley . But we Brits are famed for our sense of humour, no? So imagine walking into Anya Hindmarch’s Sloane Street store one grimy morning last week, to find it transformed into a big bright model train set, with a giant pair of nostrils for tunnels. The reason? AnyaRead more

What Liz Earle did next… (started a new business in her 50s)

Liz Earle co-founder of the eponymous beauty brand turned champion of midlife start-ups has launched a new business, in her 50s. And she’s not alone. In August, Barclays Bank recorded a 67% increase in women over-55 starting new careers . Having worked hard building our careers and families over the decades, we’re now doing it for ourselves. The Liz EarleRead more

Ali MacGraw looks magnificent in Porter magazine

I bloody LOVE this. Ali MacGraw photographed in Santa Fe by Pamela Hanson for Porter magazine . The 78-year-old looks stunning in her Gentlewoman Style meets Georgia O’Keefe outfits, set against the desert landscape. More of this, please.  

Swimming the English Channel for charity

Any day now, Emma Watson (the department operations manager at Imperial College, London, not the film star) could get the call for her sponsored English Channel relay swim. I first spotted Emma in her swimsuit on my Instagram feed and when we meet she tells me that cycling to work one morning a ‘random explosionRead more

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

A fantastic exhibition – Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius – and some fancy pants

How colours ‘breathe’ with light and change throughout the day is something designer Hella Jongerius’ work celebrates. Anyone who has bought something under fluorescent shop lighting only to get it home and find that it looks a completely different colour knows the score. But Jongerius is actually referring to (and rebelling against) ‘flat colours producedRead more

Celebrating women of all ages: Lulu Frost

  Lisa Salzer-Wiles the designer and founder of Lulu Frost jewellery gets it. I know this because as well as creating this beautiful campaign championing strong women of all ages, she’s one of the designers I interviewed for my new book Know Your Style (further details HERE ) I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to New York-based Lisa over the phone;Read more

Creative Women at Work: Mouchette Bell returns to modelling in her 50s

One thing really did lead to another for freelance fashion editor/ stylist Mouchette Bell. A guest-lecturing position morphed into modelling the student collections at Graduate Fashion Week , where she was spotted on the catwalk by an agent from Models 1. ‘I modelled years ago in the 1980s, for some quite big people,’ Mouchette tells me modestly, goingRead more

Creative Women at Work: Lubna Chowdhary, V&A ceramics resident

‘I am always trying to combine ideas and aesthetics from the eastern and western worlds,’ London-based artist Lubna Chowdhary tells me, ‘the eastern influence is a very strong part of my identity but I like to bring both sides together to tell a story.’ Born in Tanzania to Indian parents, Chowdhary grew up on the outskirts ofRead more