Fashion Revolution Week: Who made my clothes?

  It’s Fashion Revolution Week. Set up by ethical fashion pioneers  Carrie Somers and Orsola de Castro  after the Rana Plaza disaster,  Fashion Revolution is the organisation behind the  ‘Who made my clothes?’ campaign (here’s how to get involved ). I am a firm believer in considerate consumption, do practise the one-in-one-out rule and follow Livia Firth’s ’30 wears’ philosophy: ‘At the moment of purchase, thinkRead more

Celebrating the centenary of Lucienne Day

    This year is the centenary of textile designer Lucienne Day’s birth and there are a number of exhibitions on around the country, coordinated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation (details HERE ). I was up north at the weekend visiting family and friends and managed to squeeze in a visit to the Whitworth Gallery inRead more

Age, athleisure and defying expectations

Athleisure wear perfectly suits my lifestyle and my preference for comfort, says cycling blogger Adele Mitchell.  I work from home. I do yoga. I ride bikes a lot. Why would I wear anything but a wardrobe of super-stretch sportswear, in a colour that I like? And yet according to Vogue’s  ‘rules’ on workout wear’ , at my age (53) itRead more

Gillian Ayres exhibition (s)

  Gillian Ayres abstract paintings have the same mood-enhancing affect as Matisse’s Cut-Outs or Hockney’s Bigger Splash . There’s a lovely exhibition of paintings and woodcuts from the artist’s six-decade-spanning career at the Alan Cristae gallery , London. It’s on for another week and well worth a trip; this blast of bold colour and pattern is guaranteed to perk you right up. Ayres was 87Read more

24-hours in Beautiful Bath

  ‘Broad Street is one of those streets where you’ll find everything you need for a party,’ says Ann-Marie James, director of Rossiters of Bath , ‘Fashion, food, makeup – there’s even a tattoo parlour if the moment takes you…’ I’m in Bath for 24-hours to suss out the best bits and write this TNMA city guide. It’sRead more

Vera & John: life and love on the back of an envelope

Having a cup of tea at his parents’ house in London, photographer Jason Wilde  discovered a used envelope with a handwritten note on the back. This simple message from his mother Vera to his father John – with instructions for the evening’s dinner – was the catalyst for a decade-long project. Without Vera’s knowledge (but with theRead more

The Garnered: the style website worth a gander

‘It’s not about price,’ says Anna Garner when I ask how she gathers things for her chic, new website The Garnered . ‘I never want to be drawn to things that are expensive just for the sake of it. I’m interested in quality and longevity – it’s got to be individual and unique’. And Garner definitely practises whatRead more

The highs and lows of life online

  Sometimes the internet is a wonderful thing. Masako Wakamiya creating an app at 81-years-old, what a joy. Being attacked by a Malware virus, not so much. But after a lot of tinkering around backstage That’s Not My Age is back in business. And if anyone’s remotely interested, this has involved moving to a differentRead more

News of a book-signing event on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) I will be giving a talk and signing copies of Style Forever at the lovely Gudrun Sjoden store in Covent Garden. Over her 40 years in the industry, Gudrun has remained committed to environmental projects and human rights  and has supported female garment workers around the globe. I admire Gudrun’s stance and her support for womankind. And IRead more

The Maker’s Atelier – a new book for women who like making stylish clothes

If you like COS and you like making clothes, then you will love this new book by Frances Tobin. The Maker’s Atelier sewing brand (selling paper patterns and making kits) was set up by the 57-year-old designer two-and-a-half years ago; when despite a minor COS habit, she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted to wear (at the right quality), onRead more