On the Clock & Off the Bottle. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’m thinking of reviving the late, great Diana Vreeland’s Why Don’t You? column for Harper’s Bazaar on Twitter. My first money-saving style tip is ‘why don’t you purchase children’s T-shirts at Uniqlo and spend the VAT on Tequila?’ I’ve also … Continue reading

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Divine Intervention. July 2015.

Dear Rowley, When Atlantic Records producer Ahmet Ertegün first laid eyes on Bette Midler he cut to the heart of her act: a class performer masquerading as trash. The Divine Miss M persona took elements of Mae West, Sophie Tucker … Continue reading

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Monster’s Ball. November 2013.

Dear Rowley, To Somerset House for the private view of Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! on Tuesday night. Came, La Farmer and Mr Bowering, Simon, Vicki Sarge, Judith Watt and of course Shaun who invited one and all. Shaun had won the … Continue reading

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The Last of the Red Hot Mamas. December 2011.

Dear Rowley. Comes a time when you have to reconnect with your times and stop living in the era when Fanny was by Gaslight and guardsmen could be had for a shilling in Hyde Park after dark. I’m slumped on … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing. 2011.

Dear Rowley, As Joan Rivers would say, ‘Strictly Come Dancing. Can we talk?’ Having just witnessed Nancy dell Olio’s ‘paso’ puts one in mind of those old Vaudeville acts where the boy dancer would attach at life-size marionette in full … Continue reading

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