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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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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Acting-Up. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, Hollywood really can’t win when held up to scrutiny by the fashion police.  The 88th Academy Awards this weekend was one of the best-dressed in years and yet cause for criticism was found. Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander’s … Continue reading

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The Met Ball. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, The annual Metropolitan Museum gala ball is ostensibly a fund raiser and the opening night of the exhibition du jour: this year a celebration of the remarkable Anglo-American couturier Charles James entitled Beyond Fashion. Of course the true purpose … Continue reading

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Golden Globes Fashion. January 2014.

Dear Rowley, Well, I got Michelle Dockery’s frock completely wrong. Turns out it is an Oscar de la Renta though the shape is very reminiscent of last season’s Dior couture. I adore Mr de la Renta. We’ve never met but … Continue reading

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