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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The Importance of Being Earnest. July 2015.

Dear Rowley, No love lost between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams as they slug it out to get into the finals at Wimbledon this year. But there is something amiss in the contest between ‘beauty and the beast’. Sharapova’s screeching … Continue reading

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Affectations Can Be Dangerous. September 2013.

Dear Rowley, When 50-year old dancer Isadora Duncan was throttled as her chiffon scarf got caught in the wheels of a sports car in Nice in 1927, Gertrude Stein commented sagely ‘affectations can be dangerous’. At this stage in Duncan’s … Continue reading

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Design For Living. February 2013.

Dear Rowley, Never a dull moment is there? Meteorite showers over Russia, Popes throwing in the crosier (Ex Benedict anyone?), queens abdicating and now to cap it all Martine McCutcheon’s gone bankrupt. It’s terribly hard to keep body and soul … Continue reading

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Back in Business. December 2012.

Dear Rowley, Are you superstitious? I certainly am. It’s not coincidental that we’ve had the wettest year since Noah slipped on his Barbour and those nearest and dearest to me have found 2012 something of a maelstrom both professionally and … Continue reading

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