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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino costume designOnce Upon a Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino costume design

I’m pretty excited for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad Tarantino film, and as a bonus, you’re always guaranteed a memorable wardrobe moment or two. Reservoir Dogs was my favourite, with its incredible cast (does anyone else have an unlikely crush on Steve Buscemi?) and signature suits, while Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction ushered in the era of the iconic nail polish (Chanel’s Rouge Noir is still in demand today).

I spent weeks listening to the Charles Manson podcasts to get up to speed on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s post golden-Hollywood era mood. (more…)



Shop the post: What to wear for summer in the city



shorts for summer in the city by Margaret Howell

See, this is the problem. When you live in a city that’s damp and moody 90% of the time (especially even in summer), you come unstuck in a heatwave. I rarely buy full-on summer stuff because it just seems too much like tempting fate. Inevitably if I buy anything remotely holidaymaker-ish we’re beset with weeks of floods. (Context: it’s 40 degrees in London today.)

So here I am in need of shorts, smart tees, a big airy dress and some sort of dress-up-dress-down shirt. Warning: don’t Google ‘women’s army shorts’ like I just did. (more…)



Buy it now: Hot summer, cool scents



Fragrances to wear for a hot summer

We’re in the throes of a proper 30-degree sunny and muggy city summer. I’m not complaining one bit though, because I’m not a commuter and frankly I’ll take whatever I can get. But I believe in the power of smell to help temper the heat.

I’m back on the Hermès Eau de Gentiane Blanche this summer, a really great cooling smell (earthy and green with a trail of musk) that’s like an olfactory glass of iced cordial. I think it’s one of Jean-Claude Ellena’s best, but actually all the Hermès colognes are excellent and I love the 15ml spray bottles for when I’m flanneuring about town. (more…)



Wardrobe NYC – the denim edit



Wardrobe NYC Denim

Wardrobe NYC has been going for a few months now. The premise is a series of capsule wardrobe ‘packs’; you buy four or eight pieces at a time and the styling is as classic and cool as it gets, so you’re not going to get fashion fatigue with them! (more…)