What to pack: travelling in style, all year round

Grace Coddington packs six shirts and six trousers and leaves her address book at home. Patti Smith always takes t-shirts, a black jacket, black pants and her ‘bee socks’  and Joan Didion’s White Album packing list, well,  that’s legendary (two skirts, two leotards and a typewriter, for starters… ). I’m going to be travelling a fair bit over the next fewRead more

New ways to wear denim

As a denim lover (can’t type that without thinking of Phil Collins, oh). I am always on the look out for new ways to wear this beautiful, hard-wearing fabric. So. Continuing the DIY theme, Wool & the Gan g has collaborated with Rowan on a lovely stonewashed cotton yarn. I can’t knit but I know a woman who can… ThisRead 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

What to wear right now: a cashmere roll neck

It’s jumper weather right now and as there are only a couple of weeks of the year when a woman of my age can wear a roll neck, (without descending into a hot menopausal mess ) I’m making the most of it. Michelle Williams looks the business in jeans and a jumper in the latest issue of WSJ magazine .Read more

More thoughts on Chic Not Shouty bags

I did get excited about a designer handbag once. It was six years ago, when I met Jane Birkin . This was at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, where we chatted for 15-minutes – and she didn’t call security. We talked mainly about her work as a campaigner on social issues and Aung San Suu Kyi, who was still underRead more

Creative Women at Work: Ally Capellino

I bumped into one of my favourite ‘ chic not shouty’ bag designers at London Fashion Week. Up bright and early on Sunday morning, Ally Capellino was outside the Margaret Howell show and so we had a quick coffee and I managed to squeeze in an impromptu Creative Women at Work interview. Always working, the pair of us… TNMA: IRead more

Biker jacket inspiration for autumn (and none of them is black)

Are you revving things up for autumn? Me neither. I’m feeling very Last Days of Summer: all beach hair, rooftop bars and Book Brain. One thing I do feel certain of is, that if Rei Kawakubo is wearing a red leather biker jacket, then it’s a sign. The Comme des Garcons designer/founder once said that she worksRead more

40 over 40: meet the women shaping the internet

Brace yourselves for some first class trumpet-blowing…I’m delighted to be named as one of ’40 women over 40′ shaping the internet, in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. The 40 over 40 list has sections on fashion and beauty, technology, politics and activism and media/entertainment – and there I am alongside other digitally engaged women including: Linda Rodin, SherylRead more

Get Sporty: the grown-up way to wear track pants

The relaxation of modern dress codes suits me right down to a T by Alexander Wang . I’ve never felt comfortable in formal wear – that’s probably why I chose a career in the fashion/media industry where I’ve never really had to do corporate dressing. That’s not to say I don’t have to look smart, professional and pulled-together. AsRead more

Moving on from the ubiquitous skinny jean – and some new denim brands to look out for

After more than a decade of the ubiquitous skinny jean, the shift to a relaxed silhouette is more than welcome. Quite frankly, the, er, new status quo has a much more interesting aesthetic – think frayed, hand-painted, high-waisted, patchwork denim. This sartorial swing has had me wearing my old Levi’s 501s again and engaging inRead more