Friday, 31 October 2014

We love Lowie

Sample sale! Two very inviting words. I hot-footed my way to Herne Hill yesterday to Lowie in Dulwich Road to check out the independent vintage-inspired clothing brand. All manner of knits from beanies and jumpers to dresses and mittens, as well as a smattering of vintage one-offs, made for an enticing display. Of course, I couldn't resist and came away with a floral vintage smock and a charming embroidered silk collar. Very lovely, very Lowie! The sale continues over the weekend.

Sunday, 26 October 2014


There's nothing quite like a bit of Georgian architecture to uplift the spirit and a lovely local example is Belair House: Bar, Dining and Social, at 1 Gallery Road, Dulwich. Putting the long and the short of it together, I opted for a long suede coat and fringed scarf for cover, and my shortest skirt by Paul Smith, with garden florals to suit the bosky surroundings. A dash of red in the Chinese-style Equipment top and favourite Dior lipstick, Dolce Vita, gave me a decent dash of tomato to complement the colours in my '50s Hong Kong clutch, bought this summer at Cliffe Antiques Centre, East Sussex. The charming vintage shoes by Joseph have a distinctly Georgian look whilst the Prada sunnies are decidedly Rococo.
Pop this in your diary: from November 2nd, Belair House will be holding a history exhibition, 'Through the Ages', including funny, happy and interesting memories from local residents.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Croftfest meets HOPfest 2014

From a statement green Dior feathered hat, to a chic vintage gold dress, and a charming little black Prada bag, Paraphernalia had it all! Last month local ladies came together to showcase fabulous looks from the south London boutique. Both Honor Oak and Crofton Park businesses, including Pat-a-Cake, Star Cafe, The White Room, Arlo and Moe and Mr Lawrence Wine Bar, joined in the day-long celebrations, which spilled out onto the street. My looks ranged from an Elspeth Gibson sleek black dress, to Marni culottes with a vintage fur. Look out for the next 'fest' on Saturday 6 December!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Chichester: Revisited

Last year in June, I headed down to Chichester, in 'Pallant-bound' and 'Bill's, Chichester', and now I'm back again, for both the Pallant and a pit-stop at Carluccio's. The magnificent cathedral guided me to the centre of the city, down charming cobbled streets to the art gallery to view the last marvellous hour of The Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson exhibition, after which I passed the Stik men, by a London-based street artist, whose work is to be found across Europe, Asia and the USA. I ended the day at Carluccio's with a lovely meal comprising hand-made tortelloni and wine-braised venison, followed by a delightful cioccolata fiorentina. Wrapped in layered winter greys: a Lowie cape, a TK Maxx merino wool jumper, Nicole Farhi trousers and my Louis Vuitton vintage bag. Both Thierry Lasry sunnies and Versace reading glasses (two pairs are needed when you get to my age!).

Friday, 17 October 2014

The only real adventure is me...

... so says the solipsist in me. For Tracey Emin, whose new show is currently at Bermondsey's White Cube, 'The Last Great Adventure Is You' brings together sculptures, gouaches, paintings, embroideries and signature neon bon-mots. All eminently... Tracey. This solo exhibition, her first in five years, runs until November 16.  Bermondsey is always good for a Sunday stroll to take in great art and... certainly some art in the knitwear, to be found at the Fashion and Textile Museum's latest exhibition, Knitwear: from Chanel to Westwood. Fine work from the likes of Biba, Ossie Clark, Comme des Garçons, Courrèges, Julien MacDonald, Sister by Sibling, Matthew Williamson and some nostalgic Fair Isle. I wore my Armani pinstripes, an asymetrical Comme des Garçons knit, Dior sunnies and a couple of scarves, in fur and Caledonian mohair. My vintage bag is chic whilst the 'Here's winking at you' '60s earrings are fun. The modern hand-made Porcelain Bling necklace (by Schneider) is a distinct one-off. My Ras boots are back out for winter!