Azzedine Alaia exhibition at the Design Museum

  Having been a Lycra-and-leather-clad fashion student in the 1980s, I’ve always had a fondness for Azzedine Alaia’s work. Oh those joyful black and white images of supermodels wearing his figure-hugging designs, always so sexy and cool. A new exhibition Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier opens at the Design Museum today. And it’s spectacular. There’s such a wonderfulRead more

Bill Cunningham: the legend

I don’t often re-issue old posts, but here’s one I wrote after seeing Bill Cunningham New York the movie. The original street style photographer died in New York yesterday, aged 87: Here’s a gentleman – and Cunningham is a real gent – who’s been riding up and down the streets of New York for overRead more

Women Fashion Power exhibition at the Design Museum

Zaha Hadid’s Prada cape Fashion has finally come out of the closet in a fantastic new exhibition at the Design Museum.  Women Fashion Power includes interviews and outfits donated by 26 high-flying business women arrived at via a ‘corridor of power’ containing paintings of historical figures, such as, Joan of Arc and Boudicca, as wellRead more

Eileen Fisher celebrates 30 years

  The Icons: the box top   Eileen Fisher is celebrating 30 years in business this year and last week I got to join the party. The New York team were over in London launching two new, autumn collections as part of the brand’s anniversary. For The Icons collection Eileen Fisher has delved into theRead more

Return of the Rude Boy exhibition: Somerset House

  The stylist Cynthia Lawrence John   As a teenager growing-up in the late seventies, I can remember Two-Tone/Rude Boy style and the ska bands of the time. And so I loved the Return of the Rude Boy exhibition at Somerset House. First seen in Kingston during the late fifties and early sixties, this phenomenonRead more

The chunky cotton sweater

Photo: The Sartorialist What to wear to survive these chilly, spring mornings and the clammy commute home? It’s tricky, I know. Bumped into a friend today who had resorted to Uniqlo Heat Tech under her animal print blouse and there I was braving the Birkenstocks. It was way too cold to go sockless first thing,Read more

Preview of the Yves Saint Laurent film

We’re off to Paris in a couple of weeks and so a preview of the Yves Saint Laurent film last night provided a nice little taster. Un petit soupcon. Not that me and Mr That’s Not My Age will be staying up late partying with the beautiful people but we’ll be there in spirit. OfRead more

Style inspiration: Edie Campbell

Photo: InStyle When discussing style inspiration, I usually focus on people around my own age and above. That’s not inverted ageism or anything, I realise that with fashion as with crossing the road, it’s important to look both ways. So, it was good to see Model of the Year, Edie Campbell opt for a spotRead more

Talking fashion and ageing

Check out the midlife crisis jacket in action. For my early, big birthday gift, I opted for timeless style over a commemorative watch  – which was starting to feel a bit too much like a retirement gift – and the biker jacket was the people’s choice, after all. Thank you. That’s me at the Mirror Mirror conference with Ari fromRead more

Style at any age and the Mirror Mirror conference

That’s me looking pensive, in an autumn sweater. This weekend is all about preparing for the Mirror Mirror conference – my talk about fashion, ageing and culture with Ari Seth Cohen on Tuesday evening. At London College of Fashion. It’s going to be fun. We have some surprises lined up and have decided to turn it into aRead more