Bobby Hillson. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, My career has been thanks in part to a cabal of strong women who mentored me throughout my life. In Junior School it was the immaculate Miss Dalton; she of the glossy cottage loaf hair, immaculate make-up and … Continue reading

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Hubert the Great. March 2018.

Dear Rowley, Saddened to hear that one of the greats of golden era Paris couture, Count Hubert de Givenchy, has died aged ninety-one. A second son of the Marquis de Givenchy, Hubert studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and … Continue reading

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Fashion at Chatsworth. May 2017.

Dear Rowley, While staying in Derbyshire for the Bank Holiday weekend I took the opportunity to visit House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth House curated by heiress apparent Lady Burlington and US Vogue editor Hamish Bowles for whom I did work experience … Continue reading

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Black Magic. October 2014.

Dear Rowley, Do you ever have those days when you feel like locking the door, pouring a gin, putting Hermione Gingold at the Café Royal on the record player and pretending the last sixty years never happened? Such trying times doing … Continue reading

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Paris Couture. January 2014.

Dear Rowley, It’s that time of year again when you can be 99% sure that all the most obnoxious, offensive and smug people residing in London have buggered off to the Davos Summit. Davos always makes me hoot with laughter … Continue reading

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