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

Made with love: Cotton Conscious

This is possibly the waftiest of wafty dresses I’ve seen all summer. Spotted at a local market in south London, it belongs to a small fairtrade company called Cotton Conscious . The co-founders are husband and wife team Lisa Galibardy and Blue Philpotts who spend half the year in London and half the year in India. Rishikesh is onRead more

Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week

What were the grown-ups wearing at London Fashion Week? The all-important, run-around shoe ranged from statement flats and sneakers to au courant kitten-heels . Wardrobe Glue was livened up by a floral print or a flash of gingham – the everyday basics always look better when they’re whooped up . And outerwear came down to colourful jackets , coats and practical macs . All key whenRead 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

Ageless beauty: 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme

I’m not one for experimenting with/wearing much make-up but I do like these photos of 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme. ‘You’re never too old to try daring beauty trends’ is a feature for ELLE India . Born in India of Belgium parentage, designer/stylist Van Damme spent time in London and Brussels before moving back to India for good at theRead more

Linda Rodin talks lipstick

  ‘I’m sure it’s osmosis from my mother,’ says Linda Rodin when I ask where her love of a strong lipstick comes from, ‘I never saw her without, it was the 1950s and women wore lipstick. I have pictures of her looking very glamorous in bed, wearing a pink bed jacket and lipstick.’ Rodin isRead more