Thursday, 21 August 2014

Beauty at every age: campaigns from Gap and Jaeger

There's a lot of fantastic older model action going on at the moment: Gap's new Dress Normal campaign features actors Angelica Huston and Michael K Williams (from Boardwalk Empire).

Jaeger's Mothers & Daughters campaign features three iconic British models and their mothers. Jodie Kidd and her mother Wendy (below), who was a model for Hardy Amies, Jacquetta Wheeler and her mother the photographer Tessa Coddington and Jasmine Guinness and her mother Liz Casey.

As the Bobster once said, 'The times they are a-changing.'

In other news, I'm on the last chapter of the book! It's been a hard slog and I wish I had more time but my September 1 deadline is looming. Then I'm going to take a week off to go and lie on a beach and rest my brain, and it's back to the day job. No rest for the wicked, and all that.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Inspirational women: Jo Pavey

I bloody love Jo Pavey. She's now the oldest woman to win a gold medal at the European Athletics Championships, although at nearly-41, she seems quite young to me. The 10,000m champion made her national debut aged 23 and after an injury-plagued career, years of perseverance and determination finally paid off this week. Pavey has two young children (her daughter Emily is just 11-months-old), bags of stamina and a fabulous attitude; after finishing the 5000m final empty-handed, she just smiled and said, 'It's a pleasure to share the track with the next generation of athletes coming through.'

What a brilliant role model. Can't wait to see her at the Olympics in Rio.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Inside Jenna Lyon's Office

Photo: Glamour

More procrastination. Today I've spent far too long examining the contents of Jenna Lyon's office on the Vanity Fair website; like this photo of the creative director and the Obamas left casually lying around:

I like the fact that she's not a Neat Freak and there are piles of books and magazines everywhere. Ahem. There's some lovely jewellery and a fine selection of chairs:

 Jenna has a crown, of course she does! She's the Queen of Casual Glamour.

And have you heard? J.Crew are launching two fragrances?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

An elephant never forgets...

It's World Elephant Day, who knew? Maybe I knew and forgot - my brain is addled and all I can think about is this sodding book (you know, the one I am supposed to be writing) - I think I might have totally lost the plot. Anyhow. I've always had a soft spot for the gorgeous grey mammal; the elephant is one of the most intelligent animals on earth and it's vegetarian. Manhattan Brother had a toy grey version with a knitted green waistcoat (that my nan made) when we were kids and the factory where my dad worked had an elephant as its logo. So it's practically a family emblem. Gudrun Sjoden has designed this lovely elephant t-shirt and £5 from every sale is donated to the charity Ivory for Elephants. The money goes towards protecting the endangered African elephant - one is killed for its ivory tusks every 15 minutes. It's for a good cause. And hopefully normal service will resume shortly.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Grown-up fashion in Harper's Bazaar

I love what editor Justine Picardie is doing with Harper's Bazaar magazine. The September issue has a brilliant shoot called Icons by Carine Roitfeld with lots of my favourite models including: Lauren Hutton, Iman and Carolyn Murphy, as well as actors, singers and other stars like; Monica Belluci, Penelope Cruz and Lady Gaga. There's also a feature on grown-up fashion written by Lydia Slater (unfortunately it's not online), which says that 'gone are the days when women wanted to look like teenagers- finally the fashion industry has recognised the strength of adult buying power.' All my favourite icons are here too: Ines de la Fressange, Tilda Swinton, Christine Lagarde and there's a lovely quote from Ruth Chapman the co-founder of Matches,' We are finally learning to admire wisdom. The women we look up to aren't young. They have wrinkles and often have grey hair, and they still look great, they have fun. There's something really attractive about a woman who's comfortable in her age and skin.'