The best way to wear flat lace-ups and brogues

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Introducing the best flat shoe-wearer on the planet: Ana Gimeno Brugada. The Milan-based, Spanish-born stylist and fashion consultant (and regular on my best-dressed Pinterest board ) is never out of Gentlewoman Style footwear and Gucci flats .  Ana GB is fairly elusive and has said of the fashion week circus, ‘Sometimes they are just trying to get shots of people inRead more

Let’s talk about sparkly socks – and switching off

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Happy New Year! Current status: lolling around in a Berlin apartment after a brisk New Year’s Day walk through the city. Marvellous. Having had a few days offline, I am going to try to embrace the Right To Disconnect a bit more this year. As of today, a bill comes into practise ensuring that French companies with overRead more

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Blimey, it’s Christmas. I’ve been cracking on with Book Number Two like nobody’s business and Christmas has crept up on me like a pantomime villain. This photo of Karen Elson is from Grace: The American Vogue Years . Such a wonderful roundup of an outstanding career, though the coffee table book is so big I can barely lift it. MustRead more

Creative Women at Work: scarf designer Jane Carr (and a special offer!)

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Designer Jane Carr studied fashion at Central Saint Martins and then worked in Italy for many years – first as head of print at Versace and then at Jil Sander (when Jil was actually there) – before setting up her own scarf company, in London. ‘I started making scarves for friends and then the companyRead more

The party season doesn’t have to be all sequins and glitter

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My wardrobe has its fair share of fancy: I love Lurex, am a sucker for sequins and have enough silk shirts to rival the Grand National. But when it comes to Christmas, I tend to shy away from too much sparkle and shine. As a fan of Casual Glamour – an easy, everyday combination of day and eveningwearRead more

Style Inspiration: Walking with Peter Lindbergh

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Big coats, flat shoes and beautiful black and white photography. Finally got my hands on a copy of the latest issue of Italian Vogue and am trying to Fika things up today; plenty of coffee and this gorgeous Peter Lindbergh photoshoot should help (you can also see this story on Peter Lindbergh’s website HERE ). In theRead more

Denim has no age limit, M&S closures, shoes, coats and other stuff

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One of the best things about denim is that it gets better with age – and we all know how we feel about that phenomenon . Research last week suggested that jeans shouldn’t be worn by anyone over-53: what a load of bollocks. More mutton-shaming . Let’s move on… and talk about my new Gucci loafers . Had some royalties come through forRead more

Creatives at Work: Mr Jason Jules

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A couple of week’s ago, I was a guest speaker on a panel for the charity organisation The Age of No Retirement (a new-ish charity who I hope to be working with again in the future). It was a great event with a dream team of FABulous people: hosted by Caryn Franklin, with Dr Carolyn Mair a chartered psychologist whoRead more

It’s about style not age

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If you’ve spent this week employing a much-needed digital detox you might just have missed a rather uplifting online sensation. When the New York Times published a feature entitled ‘Don’t Dress Your Age ’, urging women to ignore ‘mutton-shaming’ style advice about what you can and can’t wear over-40, hundreds of women took to social media in solidarity. PostingRead more

The Outstanding Coat

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And now for an exercise in practicing what I preach. In Style Forever , one of the essential items in the Wardrobe Glue chapter is an outstanding coat. Look around at the train station in winter and you will notice two things: everyone’s on their smart phones (they’ll get Tech Neck ) and everyone’s wearing black winter coats. AsRead more