Gentlewoman style: At home with Phyllis Wang



Phyllis Wang by Elise Toide from The New Garconne - How to be a Modern Gentlewoman

I can’t remember if I told you, but I’m working on my next book!

It’s going to be beauty-focused and as part of my research, I’ve been re-reading my last book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman. Weirdly – or perhaps not – I haven’t had much need to revisit it since it was published in 2016. But like most books, when I do re-read it, it’s interesting to notice the parts that have a new or different relevance.

I loved interviewing comedienne Phyllis Wang. She was one of the last people I approached and was recommended by my then commissioning editor, Camilla. I was looking for women who embodied the ‘gentlewoman’ aesthetic and values of shopping consciously yet with their own ‘garconne style’ twist. Phyllis certainly veered to the eccentric end of the scale, which was totally fine! (more…)



What Marc said



Marc Jacobs AW20

“Part of our experience as fashion people, as creators, as designers, as editors, is that there’s a huge creative process which involves everything from meeting people – new girls, models, photographers – and creating. And creating isn’t done in a vacuum or a bubble. It might be done in the bubble of our world, our fashion world, but it’s the stimulation of the entire world that is the catalyst that gives us the drive and the energy and the passion to create.” (more…)



Let them wear Hermès



wear your Hermes scarf as a coronavirus mask

The mask or no mask debate rages on.

The global consensus now seems to be that masks are a good idea to avoid passing on C-19 droplets should one be an asymptomatic spreader. But while the UK is still suffering a shortage of adequate PPA for its health workers and there’s no official word in favour of masks, we’re kind of left to our own devices.

An interesting development has emerged from the fashion ranks. (more…)