The Duchess. January 2016.

Dear Rowley, Much excitement this week when Sotheby’s announced the sale of very carefully chosen pieces belonging to the late Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire on the 2nd of March. As the last surviving Mitford sister, the duchess had lived … Continue reading

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Gucci Coup. January 2016.

Dear Rowley, A sharp reminder of why I don’t report on the men’s runway shows was delivered by the excellent fashion writer Tim Blanks in a piece for The Business of Fashion about Alessandro Michele’s Autumn/Winter 2016 Gucci show. As you’ll … Continue reading

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Rage Against the Machine. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Do you recall seeing Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)? Metropolis is a pioneering science fiction film set in 2026 that depicted a dystopian city where the masters lived at the top of Towers of Babel and the poor serviced the machines … Continue reading

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The Master of Swish. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The inspiration for my appreciation of fashion was two-fold. Hollywood movies costumed by the greats such as Travis Banton, Edith Head, Irene, Orry Kelly and Travilla taught the power of glamour. But it was portrait artists such as … Continue reading

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Rebel Rebel. January 2016.

Dear Rowley, Interesting that the news of David Bowie’s death was first released on Twitter. Within minutes everyone from Iggy Pop to the Archbishop of Canterbury via Cher, David Cameron, Kanye West and Harry Styles were tweeting condolences and huge … Continue reading

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