What’s The deal with ‘Old Money Style’?



Stella Tennant Italian Vogue

“It’s sort of a hilariously on-the-nose name; “old money” gets right to the point of what all fashion trends ultimately are, which are displays of conspicuous consumption. Yet it seems to be arriving right on time, as a counterweight and companion to the loud, whimsical design associated with Gen Z and the name brand-heavy “California rich” look the Kardashians made inescapable.”

Boom – Rebecca Jennings from Vox just nailed my current penchant for what TikTokkers have dubbed Old Money Aesthetic. (#OldMoneyAesthetic.) That is, olde worlde Wasp cashmeres, hand-me-down Hermès (like, a custom shooting bag, not a ‘notice me’ new money Birkin), somebody’s grandfather’s Rolex Explorer (found on 1stdibs) – you get the idea. (more…)



Street style before ‘Street Style’



Diana Vreeland featured in Nova 1969 photographed by Steve Hiett via Magazine Fan
The SS22 fashion weeks are almost upon us and with them, the return of IRL street style.

I’m reminded of these old shots from the September 1969 issue of Nova magazine, by the sadly departed Steve Hiett, who captured fashion editors in the wild, in the days before they were the main attraction.

What I like about these editors is they look like they’re dressed to work, rather than to be photographed. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Hereu shoes



Hereu loafer sandals

Fugly shoes. I ran a mile from the Ugg, I swerved the Croc, I’ve never embraced the Balenciaga Triple S, so why am I invested in the Hereu hybrid sandal-loafer?

This shoe* is part classic Ivy style, part Start-Rite, but there’s something in its wrongness that’s kind of right. I think it’s because with my wardrobe of vintage Bass Weejuns and Church’s Derbys, I’m craving something a bit unpredictable. (more…)



Petticoat Lane, London 1966



Roger Taylor - Petticoat Lane London 1966 Cafe Royal Books

Café Royal Books is a really great niche publisher of photography mini books. I think it’s quite unique in its approach, publishing these small format books at very affordable prices.

This one, Petticoat Lane, London 1966 caught my eye from this week’s email. Photographer Roger Taylor created this series on his first ‘proper’ trip to London as a young photographer in 1966. His images of Petticoat Lane market traders capture a very ‘London’ essence of camaraderie, community and a little eccentricity. (more…)