books

Introducing my big, fat, anti-fashion book



The New Garconne - How To Be a Modern Gentlewoman

I have some exciting news that I’m finally able to share with you! I’ve spent the last two years working on a personal project that has been as fulfilling as it’s been challenging. Somehow I’ve managed not to breathe a word to anyone online, but later this month it will be unveiled to the world.

OK, it’s not big or fat or even anti-fashion, but I have written and creative directed a book! *Pauses at the enormity of that last sentence.* The New Garconne – How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is being published at the end of September (in the UK, everywhere else it’s about a month later) and in short, it’s an exploration of today’s creative, entrepreneurial woman who appreciates aesthetics, craftsmanship, quality, history and culture. (more…)



Carnival vibes



Converse Notting Hill Carnival trainers

I might have to put aside my allegiance to plain off white All Star high tops, in deference to these Carnival tribute Chucks from Converse. Aren’t they jaunty? Converse has released these exclusive limited editions today on Converse.com (Β£70) along with two customised styles by British music artists Lady Leshurr and Clara Amfo.

I have a love-hate relationship with Carnival. (more…)



The Isaac Mizrahi Pictures by Nick Waplington



Isaac Mizrahi Pictures by Nick Waplington

I finally saw Nick Waplington’s latest gem of a book, The Isaac Mizrahi Pictures, which gives us a glimpse of nineties New York fabulosity. As with Alexander McQueen: Working Process, Waplington juxtaposes two different habitats, the design studio of one of the 90s’ most celebrated designers and the raucous dancefloor of NYC nightlife.

But of course, the funnest part is looking at the models, the clothes, the details and nuances of 90s style that in some ways (i.e. in my head) don’t seem that long ago, but in others, feel like a lifetime away. Scroll below to see what I mean… (more…)



Muhammad Ali Fighter’s Heaven 1974



Muhammad Ali by Peter Angelo Simon from the book Fighter's Heaven

Peter Angelo Simon’s photos of Muhammad Ali are especially poignant today after news broke of Ali’s passing. These pictures of Ali training at his retreat ‘Fighter’s Heaven’ have just finished showing at the Serena Morton Gallery, and the accompanying book, ‘Muhammad Ali Fighter’s Heaven 1974’ is due in August (available to pre-order now).

Fighter’s Heaven was Ali’s Pennsylvania retreat, where he would mentally and physically prepare himself for his fights. (more…)