Does fashion maketh woman?

Ooh, hands up who loves an interactive debate? Me too! Here’s a corker for you, Intelligence Squared is hosting a bit of a ding-dong about the nature of fashion. Those fighting in favour (yay!) are fashion designer Britt Lintner, Paula Reed (style director, Grazia) and Madelaine Levy (editor-in-chief, Bon magazine). Those against it are psychotherapist Susie Orbach, design expert Stephen Bayley and artist Grayson Perry. Peter York will be chairing.

To attend it costs £25 (or half price for students). But you can also watch online for £2.99, and interact via Twitter, Facebook etc.
The date: 17th June, the time: 6-8.30pm, the place: Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.

UPDATE: Here is the link to the highlights video

Loewe and the gentlewoman effect

I love love love the fact that designers are really embracing ‘older women’ as fashion icons. I’m calling it the ‘gentlewoman‘ effect. Loewe creative director Stuart Vevers has created Loewe Leather Icons, an all-leather line of non-seasonal style staples for women and men. The womens collection includes a biker jacket, blazer, shift dress, trench coat, pencil skirt, blouson jacket, cropped jacket and skinny trousers. The capsule collection has been beautifully photographed by Daniel Jackson and features ‘models’ of all ages including 30+ Eleonora Bose and 40+ Tricia Ronane. Don’t they look HOT?

Also featured are designer/blogger Gala Gonzalez, model Louis Simonon and Another magazine’s Ben Cobb…

The collection is available from Harrods in July and I reckon will sell out in ooh, about ten seconds flat…