Friday, 20 January 2012

Style Icon: Felicity Green


It was an absolute joy to hear Felicity Green in conversation last night, I love listening to fascinating people talk about their life and work. The first woman to join the board of a national newspaper - Green worked for the Mirror Group in the 1960s, when Fleet Street was an exclusively male environment and London was in full swing. The 85-year-old journalist with over 60 years experience in industry, spoke of her days as fashion editor on the Daily Mirror; of taking the mini skirt to Moscow, meeting Mary Quant and giving Harold Wilson's wife, Mary, a home perm. A delightful raconteur with strong opinions about style, Green insisted that the host for the evening, Susie Stone, remove her belt before the talk began, 'That dress shouldn't have an interruption!'

Then it was back to a childhood in Dagenham, where her fashion sense came from watching films. Skipping school to go to the cinema every Thursday afternoon with her father, Green was inspired by the Hollywood greats, 'Norma Shearer was my favourite. I kept a big scrapbook full of her pictures - but then I caught whooping cough, vomited all over it and the book had to be burned!'

And the octogenarian fashion expert's tip for looking good at any age? 'Look at this dress I'm wearing now (a simple black tunic), I'm 80-odd but I would have worn it in my twenties. Women mostly go wrong because they read an article saying 'Puff ball skirts are in' and think that they have to follow the latest craze. Experiment with fashion, just don't buy anything this year that you'll look daft in next year.'

Read Felicity Green's advice on how to develop your own sense of style here.




What are your tips for achieving timeless style?

14 comments:

didyoumakethat said...

Aching with jealousy! That sounds absolutely brilliant.

Alison Cross said...

Sounds like a great evening! Off to check that link now!

Ali x

Patti said...

I love her quotes here - she sounds so confident and wise. So I must read more - thanks for the introduction!

déjà pseu said...

Oh that must have been so much fun!

Made by me said...

I used to work with Felicity Green, and she was as elegant in her manner as in her wardrobe - unlike some of the other staff on the Telegraph magazine at that time! Saw her on TV recently and came over all warm and nostalgic...

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Tish Jett said...

Lucky you. Nothing I like better than hearing tips and anecdotes from the women who were fashion trail blazers.

materfamilias said...

She sounds wonderful! And looks amazing here -- those glasses could easily overwhelm but on her they enhance. Fabulous!

Young at Heart said...

how utterly brilliant, what changes she has lived through, in fashion and attitudes........these women are a dying breed.....and what a brilliant trun of phrase she has!!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

I love hearing from the older and much wiser ;-)

Ellen Arnison said...

She sounds brilliant. I wonder if proper style is something that some people are blessed with at birth.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Great confidence and great wisdom......a dynamic duo!
Thank you for this wonderful post.
Bisous

P.S. Been away from my computer this week so I'm catching up this morning- time is too tight.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Great confidence and a great sense of style - a dynamic duo!...........If only I had it!!!!!
Bisous
P.S. Been away from my computer this week so I'm catching up this morning- time is too tight.

Fashionistable said...

Great advice. I want her to style me. Xxxx