Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. May 2017.

Dear Rowley, As RuPaul would say, ‘we’re all born naked and the rest is … Balenciaga!’ For fashion queens, Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga is the Rosetta Stone of late 20th and 21st century fashion. Rather cleverly, the Victoria & Albert … Continue reading

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All That Glitters. May 2013.

Dear Rowley, Quite the thrill that the Pink Panther struck again at the 66th Cannes Film Festival this week. The first hit was a million dollars of Chopard diamonds from a Novotel safe in Cannes. To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to … Continue reading

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The Little Black Dress. November 2012.

Dear Rowley, You know one of my favourite phrases? There’s nothing new in the zoo. It was that flippant phrase that made me call time on my catwalking carrer. No, darling, I was never a runway model though Raf Simons … Continue reading

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Going Down With All Hands. April 2012.

Dear Rowley, Have you noticed the advertisement campaign on behalf of Stonewall on the side of countless London busses at present? The slogan – in bright red letters a foot high –  reads ‘Some people are gay. Get over it’. … Continue reading

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Savoy Museum 19th May 2011

Dear Rowley, A full-on day at the Savoy is over and it all went rather well. Famous last words. This is usually the point in my life when the Gods arrange a conference call between Fate and Nemesis to do … Continue reading

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