Creative Women: Lucille Lewin on fashion, art and achieving an MA in ceramics at 69

  A thirst for knowledge and continual learning is what drives Lucille Lewin. ‘I really hate not learning and wanted a goal,’ the 69-year-old artist tells me in her London studio. Having recently completed an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art  (RCA) and been awarded The Young Masters Grand Ceramics Prize,  the South African-born artist has certainly achieved her objective. While provingRead 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

The joy of having younger friends

I tried to dump one of my best friends recently, let’s call her Anna; deliberately turned down invites. Didn’t instigate meet-ups for coffee. Was slow on the Whatsapp replies. She was offended, rightly so. She’s 36. I’m 67, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Are you OK? What’s wrong?’ “I should have friends my own age. Not hangRead more

Jane Campion talks menopause

Though Top of the Lake series two is available to binge-watch on iPlayer, I’m going to savour this one, take each of the six episodes slowly. It’s beautifully shot, strange and brilliant. And: Elisabeth Moss. Superb in The Handmaid’s Tale she is excellent as detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. Nicole Kidman is outstanding, too. Anyhow,Read more

What the author of Legendary Authors wore

Terry Newman’s Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore  is every literature-loving, style maven’s summer bible. Highlighting the key works and wardrobes of 50 writers, from Proust to Patti Smith, the book has been celebrated across the broadsheets – including any writer’s punch-the-air moment when legendary cover star Joan Didion shared the New York Times review on Facebook. Job done. We know what the erudite authorRead more

Why there are no rules on what to do, say and wear over-40

What connects Julianne, Moore, Vera Wang, Jane Campion, Wendy Dagworthy  and me? We’ve all failed the Saturday Times’ Age Limit Test: what not to do, say and wear over-40. Unless you’re Patti Smith, the age limit for long hair is 50, ‘You will tend to look a bit witchy if you have shoulder-length hair or longer in you’reRead more

Camille Walala’s colourful exhibition at the Now Gallery

Bold geometric graphics are the trademark of designer Camille Walala . And this weekend I’ll be popping to see her new interactive, Instagram-friendly exhibition at the Now Gallery in Greenwich. Born in the south of France, Walala studied Textile Design at Brighton University and has been based in London for the past 19 years. In a recent interview the artistRead more

Lucinda Chambers’ second most interesting interview this week

  I’m a bit late to the Vogue leaving party – but our Greek island-hopping holiday wasn’t a complete digital detox and I did spot Lucinda Chambers trending online earlier this week. Unceremoniously dumped by Condé Nast after 36 years at Vogue, Chambers spoke out in an interview with the journal Vestoj called ‘Will I get a ticket?’Read more

Celebrating one of the greatest models of the 20th century: the Barbara Mullen biography

A friend of a friend of mine told me an interesting story about Barbara Mullen, one of the greatest — and perhaps least known — fashion models of the 1940s and 1950s. Mullen started out, (aged 18) as a Berdgorf Goodman salon mannequin in 1945, and was a fascinating model who enjoyed an extraordinary career.Read more

Maison Assouline: a lovely grown-up spot

London is carrying on. I had a meeting the other day at the Maison Assouline  book store in Piccadilly and had forgotten what a beautiful place it is. The perfect grown-up pit-stop. Situated in an old bank in the centre of town, Maison Assouline is ideal for that all important business coffee or an early evening drink.Read more