Costume Drama. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, On what level is Beyonce and Jay Z role models? If further proof were needed of this fame-hungry vampire couple’s hubris look no further than their six-year old daughter Blue Carter. Said child has two nannies, a chef, … Continue reading

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Whither Fashion? February 2018.

Dear Rowley, It’s that time of year again when a gaggle of Chinois wearing black culottes, Doctor Martin boots, shaved pudding bowl haircuts and black T-shirts down to their knees herald London Fashion Week being upon us. We see metallic … Continue reading

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Crimes of Fashion. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, I have an immense amount of respect for the fashion industry. It employs millions, makes billions, gives people pleasure and ostensibly makes the world a prettier place. Fashion was still a relatively small, closed world when I first … Continue reading

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Show Business. May 2015.

Dear Rowley, What a world Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has been born into. Should you wish to see hubris and cynicism dressed in its most gaudy, absurd raiment one should look no further than New York’s annual Metropolitan Museum Costume … Continue reading

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Queen Lucia. February 2015.

Dear Rowley, Can you remember me saying I’d recorded a short interview in Covent Garden piazza with Tim Wonacott for a new BBC2 programme called The Great Antiques Map of Britain? I’m sure it was summer because it hosed it down … Continue reading

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