Bonjour from Paris! I’ve made a lightning trip over here for an event with Van Cleef & Arpels in Place Vendome last night. (I’m writing this at 0735 in the breakfast salon of the Hotel Mansart, propping my eyes open with matchsticks.)

Paris apart, it’s been a very calm week: I have had a mountain of paperwork, email and STUFF to work through, so I stayed put at home and got my metaphorical shovel out.

Tuesday, however, I escaped for two hours to have my portrait shot by Trevor Leighton. Yet again, wearing my beloved GAP Boyfriend Jeans this time with Whistles metallic chunky heels (SS13 but similar here), along with my new GAP print jacket, and a lovely big bag from Comptoir Libanais (gift.)



I’m part of a group of twenty-five people, including Livia Firth, Bianca Jagger, Jo Wood, Caryn Franklin and Olympian Louis Smith, who are supporting Fashion Revolution Day on 24 April. This is the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, and it is clear that there is still much to do to change how the fashion industry works with its suppliers. (I’ll be talking a lot more about this over the coming weeks.)


My make up for the shoot was done by make up artist Khandiz Joni, who is in the process of changing her entire kit to ethically produced make up. There is absolutely no compromise with the quality of her work: I LOVED the 60s inspired look she gave me, all flicky eyes, and mini beehive at the crown.

Yesterday I did a mad dash to a few press appointments for AW14 before catching the Eurostar – ASOS opened at 8am, which was pretty impressive – as much, indeed, as their excellent collection. Each season it really does get better and better. Getting down on my hands and knees to stick my head up under the skirts of the mannequins, it’s reassuring to note that the quality of the manufacturing is admirable.

armani aw14

At Armani, and in particular Emporio Armani, the technical fabrications are superlative. This padded blue jacket’s quilted pattern is actually created by heat bonding, and each stitch is drawn on.

armani aw14


I also popped into jeweller Vicki Sarge’s new emporium on Elizabeth Street to pick out some pieces to wear to a dinner, also here in Paris, to celebrate the award of the Laurent Perrier Prix Grand Siecle to Karl Lagerfeld.


I have much lust for these Jimmy Choo AW14 trainers. The flat shoe takeover continues.

oh and I also popped in to my favourite dealers to pick new supplies:


(There are some lovely special spring flavours: pois et pointe de fleur de ciboulette; basilic et pointe de fenouil and cerise griotte et pointe d’amande)

Style Notes (at top):
Boden navy lace shirt (AW13, but I also have this similar navy lace top – in the sale!), and I LUST after this navy lace sweatshirt (£30!)
Whistles SS13 Black & white shoes – this season’s white toe is here
GAP Sexy Boyfriend Jeans

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Lovely portrait and so good to see this issue being given a spotlight.


Love the GAP print jacket!
I really need to get into mustard more – I’m stuck at 4 types, but basil and fennel sounds amazing!! Have you tried it yet?


If your Van Cleef event had anything to do with their École, you might have met Inezita Gay. Which would really tickle me, as I went to college with her:).


Absolutely love your outfit in the top pic and the flicky eye look too!


I have just discovered your blog and absolutely love it!


Love that portrait picture of you! Excellent make-up.

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