ALL THE COOL KIDS…dance to Dior


What could be nicer than spending a day wrapped in a cocoon of Dior? Could it be combining it with popular eighties popstral Tiffany and her best loved hit song?

I know! I’m spoiling you.
I can’t help it, it’s just the way I am.

Enjoy the short film above and if you need more Dior in your life (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) head over here to see the full shoot.

ALL THE COOL KIDS…go ask Alice


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What is it about Alice in Wonderland that perpetually sparks creative imaginations?

I can remember reading the books as a child and being singularly unimpressed. They actually need quite a grown up sensibility to be fun, I’m sure I was alarmed by the chaos.
Fashion photographers, in particular, have reinvented the tales for their own purposes for years. Girls like Alice are Tim Walker’s stock in trade, Annie Leibovitz directed Natalia Vodianova as Alice (and half of the stars of the industry as her cohorts) in American Vogue in 2003 and so on and on and on. We never get enough of beautiful Alice and her questionable decisions whilst wearing beautiful dresses.

Last night though, on a YouTube rabbit hole of my own, I came across Christopher Wheeldon rehearsing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with members of the Royal Ballet. Intrigued, I ended up downloading the finished performance. It’s so beautiful, the drama and the humour and the costumes. Of course my favourite part is the Queen of Hearts with her over the top theatricality and maniacal thirst for blood. And tarts. She’d give Mrs Lovett a run for her money.

As a very sensible, very young woman said to me today “growing up can be scary”.
Alice makes it look fun.
And maybe that’s the centre of our fascination, we crave adventure and excitement but meeting those crazy characters and weird situations that life throws at us is, at times, pretty overwhelming.
So maybe we should all have a little more Alice about us. Just put on a good dress, and jump.

You can find the excellent Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland here

The photo above is from an extremely aged shoot by me, styled by Caren Westwell

ALL THE COOL KIDS…embrace the wrinkle


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In Paris last night, the Miu Miu show revealed colour, excellent messy hair and THAT cat print. All very lovely.
More than that though, they showed wrinkly tights, bunched up around the ankle.
Now the girls in the show may have looked like the coolest sixth formers on earth, but when I was at school we were really paranoid about having wrinkles. It was a massive faux pas among the cool kids.

So, school days, once again I say pah! As in so many ways, you were wrong. Mrs Prada says it’s all good and that does it for me.
Besides, I’ve secretly never really worked out how NOT to get that look, now I can rock it with pride.
Happiness is the small things.

See the whole Miu Miu shebang here

ON BEAUTY…the trouble with red lipstick #2


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Well alright, so not a trouble exactly, but it totally changes your mood.
You can’t put on red lips and sink into the background, it’s the make up equivilant of wearing a hat.

You gotta own it.
Here I go!

You can see the first trouble here now mostly solved by the purchase of Mac Ruby Woo and a really good lip brush.