The FT's How To Spend It Spring Style issue

‘Spring’s Most Seductive Fashion Trends’

In the FT’s How To Spend It  women’s spring style issue, out this weekend, editor Jo Ellison considers what is sartorially relevant right now, from the basics to the fantastical. These pictures by Sophie Wedgwood, the 2019 recipient of the Magnum Photos Emerging Photographer Award, are from her debut fashion story and it’s my favorite story in the issue. All Hermès in these two images, what can I say. As Jo says in her HTSI editor’s letter “(n)ote the Hermès clog, which I’ve been fantasising about since spying them on the spring/summer catwalk. Practical, durable and – if you ask me – rather sexy, they are my must-have, lust-have purchase of the year.”


What's New


Suzanne mini leather cross-body bag


Jota chain-embellished leather sandals


Broderie-cotton maxi skirt


Single-breasted hooded raincoat


Leather sandals


Flower brooch


Le Maillon leather shoulder bag


Aviator-style gold-tone and acetate sunglasses


High-neck striped wool-blend sweater


Park linen-blend canvas tote bag


Fran belted suede jacket


Wool-blend playsuit

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JW Anderson's Pre-Fall collection photos

Quirky & Creative

Actor Sophie Okonedo models a number of JW Anderson’s Pre-Fall looks and this one ticks all the boxes for me. I am so tired of strict minimalism and a limited wardrobe —  more creativity and a sense of the hand that made the item would be very welcome. The chunky knit hood and fabulous pumps will be mine. Juergen Teller photographed the playful collection images with vegetables as props and nonsensical, handwritten captions.


Drunk Elephant, Too

When my friend Kara makes a skin care recommendation, I listen. She’s been raving about Drunk Elephant products, as did a number of readers after last week’s post, so I ordered the above. So far, the Dr. Barbara Sturm serums and creams are helping my Sahara-like skin tremendously. To be continued.

To Do

Winter Weekend Ahead

A new album from the Foo Fighters dropped today, and a bright tablecloth and plates that I ordered from La DoubleJ. just arrived for Super Bowl Sunday lunch — roast chicken with Deliciously Ella‘s smashed potatoes. And, it’s pruning time, which will get me outside even if it’s freezing. Oh, happy weekend!

Thinking About Spring

On My Inspiration Board

This trio of images is on my spring inspiration board. @annabelrosendahl ‘s look — dress, belt, shoes — is my idea of perfection. I have the same Hermès clogs as @alexandragolovanoff but would need a size up to wear with socks.

AW21 Collections


Copenhagen Fashion Week AW21 is digital this season with filmed shows, talks, and interviews with the Nordic designers. The presentations are launched February 2 -4.

It Item

Vested, Cont.

I went a wee bit vest crazy last summer and bought a number (probably all) of Cecilie Bahnsen’s in cable knit, and a Marc Jacobs V-neck. When these vests by & Other Stories popped up on my feed, I thought I should share. Much kinder price point, too.

February Elle

‘Shelter From The Storm’

I’m snowed in (2 feet, at least) and would love nothing more than to be strolling the banks of the Seine. Even overcast, Paris is beautiful in this story from February Elle. A Saint Laurent or Alexandre Vauther trench and Celine jacket are perfection — anything but a giant puffer…

Photography by Nathaniel Goldberg  Styling by Alex White


Sturm Skin Savior? I Really Hope So.

I’ve questioned the efficacy of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products in relation to the price, but my skin is so dry, I’ll happily give them a go. Friends love the line and the pharmacy brands are just not cutting it. I’ve ordered a sampling and if UPS can get through the snow today (wishful thinking) I’ll start using them tonight.

Vogue UA

Personal Amulets

Even though I am at home 99% of the time, after I make the bed, I put on my watch, tiny diamond hoop earrings, and a ring (or four) — these pieces have become my personal amulets. Weirdly, I’m far more interested in jewelry than ever before. Lovely story from February Vogue UA.