Keeping it chic: Jodie Foster in Harper’s Bazaar

Jodie Foster is one of the Women of the Year in the December 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar . And this feminine take on masculine tailoring is a fine example of Chic not Shouty style. The tuxedo jackets are  Ralph Lauren Collection . The coat is Max Mara , of course. On ageing Foster tells Harper’s Bazaar, ‘I’ve learnt how much joy comes from passing on whatRead more

Christmas cards you’ll want to receive

Every year I frugally plan to send Christmas cards to the friends and family I don’t see very often – and say Happy Christmas, in person, to those I do. But then the festive season arrives and I go all or nothing. Women To Look Up To is a brand that aims to shine a light on modern female roleRead more

Rachel Whiteread: at the Tate and on TV

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993. The artist’s life-size cast of the inside of derelict a house in London’s East End was demolished soon after. I was born in the same year as Whiteread and have followed her career; from the award-winning concrete house (House 1993-1994) to the currentRead more

Grey-haired role model: Sophie Fontanel on the cover of French Grazia

French fashion journalist and social media star Sophie Fontanel documented her transition to grey hair on Instagram ( @sophiefontanel ; 134k followers). ‘I was fed up with dyeing my hair . It was too dark. To hard for my first wrinkles…’ And has written a book Une Apparition about growing in the grey. This week she’s on the cover of French Grazia . LoveRead more

The Grace Jones documentary

I’ve always admired Grace Jones. The strong image, the theatricality, the iconic Nightclubbing album that I still love to play. At 69, Jones is a woman with trend-defying, singular style who does her own thing regardless. Her fierce glamour hasn’t changed much since the Studio 54 days – and I appreciate this decade-defying look, andRead more

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

    Someone asked at the New York launch party what I’m currently reading. I’ve just started Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach and I’m looking forward to putting my feet up this weekend and immersing myself in this tale of New York. Always like a locally set book when I’m on my travels. More about the Know Your Style launch event coming soon.Read more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Instagram

A lifelong lover of dressing up, the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admits to changing her appearance and pretending not to care about clothes when she wanted to be taken seriously as a writer. Now that she is taken seriously, the award-winning author has reverted to wearing what she likes: vibrant colourful dresses, full skirts andRead more

Swimming the English Channel for charity

Any day now, Emma Watson (the department operations manager at Imperial College, London, not the film star) could get the call for her sponsored English Channel relay swim. I first spotted Emma in her swimsuit on my Instagram feed and when we meet she tells me that cycling to work one morning a ‘random explosionRead more

Meeting a globemaker

Artist and cartographer Loraine Rutt spent ’25-years ticking over and teaching on the side’ before setting up her own business  The Little Globe Company  and is busier now, in her 50s, than she’s ever been. From the age of 16, Loraine worked as a cartographer in the geography department at Birkbeck College, University of London. Going on to study aRead more

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