Dolce + Gabbana, IVF and Cyber Bullying

After the brouhaha following the Dolce + Gabbana comment declaring children conceived via IVF as ‘synthetic‘ babies, I’ve been thinking about the communicative power of social media. Elton John, Madonna and Victoria Beckham all chipped in, condemning the following comment from Domenico Dolce in a magazine interview: ‘You are born and you have a father and mother. At least it should be like that. That’s why I’m not convinced by what I call chemical children, synthetic babies. They are wombs for hire, semen chosen from a catalogue. And then you have to explain to these children who their mother is.’ The remark was insensitive, ignorant and likely to offend vast swathes of the population. Domenico Dolce should have thought the ramifications through before he opened his face hole, however we’ve become a society of loud mouths. Even though […]

The sick house

It’s rare that I take a break from blogging, but this week I’ve been struck down by a foul illness and my posts have been scant. My period of sickness co-incided with Cleo the cat’s operation, so we’ve both been mooching around the house feeling sorry for ourselves. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to suffer the indignity of a plastic lampshade on my head like poor Cleo. Hopefully we’ll both recover swiftly and I’ll resume normal blogging.

Georgia Hardinge AW15

There’s something about wearing clothes made by my friends that is ultimately satisfying. I enjoy basking in the glory of my talented mates – my silver dress from Georgia Hardinge never fails to attract positive interest. I love to have the opportunity to sing her praises. It may sound sycophantic, but I wouldn’t say so if I didn’t mean it. I’m far too rude to be anything other than genuine. I went to see Georgia’s new collection at Somerset House; as usual I want to wear every piece on the rail. There’s a strong presence of pleats and sporty shapes which have me very excited. Georgia makes clothes that are simple, wearable but interesting and worthy of high praise.

Sweet Lolita

When I was a child I was allowed to be a child. By this I mean that I was protected from the adult world that a child has no business inhabiting. However, in this day and age children are exposed to all the poisonous toxicity that adulthood has to offer with hardly any respite. The web has been buzzing about world’s youngest supermodel – 9 year old Kristina Pimenova. She’s already graced the covers of Vogue Bambini, and been the face of Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Armani and Benetton, among others. Kristina has been named ‘the most beautiful girl in the world.’ Whilst there’s no doubt that she is a very pretty little girl, she is still a tiny child. Commentators have criticized her parents for allowing their daughter to be sexualised by the fashion industry. Pimenova has a huge […]

Rejina Pyo

I make it my business to support new designers, it’s an easy task and the best part of the job. Rejina Pyo is a designer who’s hit the ground running. After only two seasons, the Korean born designer is stocked at Net-a-Porter, Avenue 32 and Young British Designers to name but a few. She graduated from Central St Martins with a collection inspired by the Japanese wood sculptor Isamu Noguchi which was ‘’a beautiful blend of wooden sculptures with fluid fabric’. Her show was chosen by an H&M owned brand ‘Weekday’ to create designs based on her MA collection to be sold in stores all over Europe. In 2012 Pyo won the Han Nefkens Fashion Award and then went on to work as a design assistant at Rocksanda. This laundry list of achievements is backed up by some seriously beautiful […]

Walk like an Egyptian

We got a kitten! I wasn’t going to write about her  but it occurred to me that the internet is made of cats so I might as well throw my hat into the ring. Her name is Cleopatra, Cleo for short, she’s a cross between an Egyptian Mau and a Bengal. We named her after the last active pharaoh of ancient Egypt partly because of her heritage and because of the markings around her eyes which make her look like she’s rocking statement eyeliner. Since we got her I feel the urge to match my makeup to hers and I’ve been painting my eyes with a feline flick. I thought that black was the only option when it came to eyeliner, however I’ve recently discovered Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock’n’Kohl eyeliner in Barbarella Brown which is a softer, more flattering hue. […]

Space Odyssey

I spend my life carting a heavy load around on my shoulder. My laptop, camera, a hefty makeup bag, books and general gubbins twist my back like a beast of burden. I’m constantly vowing to myself that I’ll pack lighter and learn to differentiate the essentials from the unnecessary crap. I’m enjoying these bags from Jaunt – practical with a distinctly fun streak. I love pony skin and the pop of pink next to the navy leather works nicely. The clutch is a handy size for a an ipad or a generous evening bag which is perfect for me, even my small bags need a little extra room. I’m addicted to these sandals by Sargossa, another burst of colour with the benefit of practical comfort.

Oscar’s Last stand

Legendary designer, Oscar de la Renta, passed away earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. Despite his illness, his work was consistently beautiful, feminine and luscious. His last collection was no exception, the SS15 runway was exuberant with the classic femininity that has attracted First Ladies and movie stars  for generations. The use of supersized gingham and exaggerated broderie anglaise added a modern twist to classic lines and 50’s inspired cinched waists. De la Renta’s signature floral motifs and red-carpet gowns rustled their way down the catwalk with feminine panache. As the great man once said – “There is no sound more feminine than a woman in a taffeta dress.” The fashion world has lost one of the great talents of the past century. His work appealed to women of all ages for the simple fact […]

Feminism: No longer a dirty word

I recently went on a weekend away with a group of women – some of them old friends and some newer acquaintances. We had clubbed together to throw a hen party for my best friend. All of us have been through difficult experiences recently, whether it’s been the loss of a parent or the end of a relationship, as a group we carried more than our share of heartbreak. We had a right old laugh, drinking too much wine and telling dirty jokes. Between the bouts of teenage sniggering, the conversations went down a more mature, intellectual route. We talked about politics, feminism and the contemporary role of women in today’s society. The topic that came up again and again is how women don’t always support each other in the workplace. Either we’re […]

Dance of the seven veils

A good scarf is always a handy accessory to have knocking around. I have a rather brilliant one from Weston Scarves that I’ve wrapped, tied and tucked in every way possible. I’m devoted to my beloved Weston, however I’m always on the look out for new brands and the folks at St Piece have some lovely prints on offer. I met Ting and Sandy, St Piece’s founders, at London Fashion Week and had a close look at their beautiful silk and cashmere scarves. They’ve tapped into the ubiquitous digital print, that has become unavoidable since Mary Katrantzou’s rise to prominence. The photographic prints are beautiful, but the more interesting images are the ones hand drawn by Sandy. They have a  classic, Hermes vibe that speaks of intricate, hand crafted skill and will outlive the digital trend. […]