Faff-Free Summer Style

Summer is a time when faff-free dressing comes into its own. No-one wants to be hitching, hoicking and overheating. This evening, I’m going to a cocktail party, so in a last-minute shirt swap I ditched a plain black silk number for an old patterned kimono top. Mistake. On revisiting the kimono top I’ve discovered it’s a bit neat around the armhole.Read more

Caryn Franklin on experimenting with style

One thing I believe we all should do more of is experiment with the clothes we already have, rather than endlessly buying into fast fashion. There’s an interview with Caryn Franklin on Who What Wear, where the esteemed professor/journalist/author/activist talks about her career and what’s in her wardrobe. Franklin discusses taking a more considered approachRead more

Doubling-up in dark indigo denim

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been channeling my inner ‘Child of the 70s’. Going to festivals, rocking out to The Rolling Stones and swinging my flared pants. There’s always one failsafe fabric in my wardrobe: denim. Black, white,  dark indigo; denim is timeless, functional and durable. To me, it’s the perfect year-round staple. I’ve hadRead more

The joy of Jeff Goldblum

Everybody loves Jeff Goldblum. Always offbeat – and occasionally a bit bonkers – the 65-year-old actor is trending, right now. Named the coolest man in Hollywood by British GQ, Goldblum is gussied up in designer gear for his starring role in the magazine’s July fashion story. The good thing about Goldblum is he doesn’t takeRead more

How to wear clashing prints

For a lesson in print-clashing to perfection, look to Chioma Nnadi, the fashion news director of Vogue.com (photographed in London earlier this year). I didn’t think I wore much pattern until as part of the research for Know Your Style  a wardrobe expert helped me to  declutter . As well as freeing me of the clothes of a former life (that ofRead more

The Shop at Bluebird and atelier 75: two new, grown-up London stores worth a look-in

At a time when high street footfall is down and online spending is up, retailers are focusing on the customer’s in-store experience. Say hello, then, to The Shop at Bluebird, Covent Garden. The recently opened design emporium in a former Grade II listed carriage hall. Long a tourist hotspot, Covent Garden has been transformed into aRead more

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

Older models: Stella Tennant for Zara

The latest ‘older models who are younger than me’ post is aristo-supermodel, Stella Tennant (47) in the Zara Denim editorial . I’ve long been a fan of Tennant’s glam rock, androgynous style and haughty elegance and am pleased that she’s still in vogue. The granddaughter of the late Duchess of Devonshire says that her low-key look hasn’t changed much since the ’90s  – and that,Read more

Older women on their personal style

From writing as a freelance journalist to blogging as That’s Not My Age, I’m often asked for my thoughts on style and age, what we wear and how it makes us feel. The latest feature on this issue is for Refinery 29, ‘ 7 Older Women on their Personal Style.’ Where I underlined a pointRead more

Alexander McQueen’s legacy lives on

Anyone who visited the record-breaking Savage Beauty exhibition will recognise the familiar emblems incorporated into the work of Gary James McQueen. In a tribute to his late uncle Alexander (Lee) McQueen, the 3D graphics expert (and former head of menswear textiles at his uncle’s eponymous fashion label) has created Life, Death and Rebirth, a series of silk-twill evening scarves (£250) andRead more