Photography by Anthony Maule
I've finally begun the reorganisation of my wardrobe. As well as a huge amount of black there are also some quite ridiculous but fun numbers in there. I don't own a single T shirt, or a single pair of jeans. I don't even own that many tops, mostly dresses. It used to be funny when I was single... if a boy stayed and the next day they asked if I had T shirt or sweatshirt they could borrow. I would have to say "Sorry I don't. I have a small backless sequin top if you fancy it?" You have been warned!
I've accumulated so much stuff over the years. A lot of it I've given away so what you'll see is a selection of what I've kept. Some of the pieces I've had since I was seventeen and they've come back into fashion a few times already. I wasn't sure where to start as there are so many different things.
So, I thought I'd start with my love of marabou and feathers. I have a few vintage pieces with swan down which is unbelievably soft. As I keep saying I love look of fur but I don't like the wearing it as I keep thinking about dead animals. For some reason I'm fine with sheepskin, probably because I eat lamb. I find marabou is a good alternative to fur and great for glamming up a look.
I grew up watching old Hollywood movies and was very influenced by them. I can name pretty much any Thirties, Forties or Fifties actors from their pictures alone. That era has hugely inspired the way I dress as well as a lot of my decor.
Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, 1933
I think the outfit and the room are amazing!
Photography by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello
A modern day version, of course I love this even more as it has a hood.
Most of my clothes are either high street, designer or vintage. Very often bought for a fraction of the retail price on Ebay or at sales with the occasional piece from one of my designer friends.
Luckily, I have a good memory for how much I paid for everything. Every one of these pieces were bought from 1997 onwards on Ebay in the UK or America or from secondhand shops. All the prices are what I paid, not the retail price.
Cream marabou jacket by Fenn, Wright and Manson, £40 on Ebay
Vintage white marabou stole £50 from a vintage stall in Spitalfields
White marabou shoulder shrug by Jasper Conran, £20 on Ebay
Vintage English knitted bed jacket with silk lining and swan down, £45 from a vintage shop in Islington
Vintage 1950's Elizabeth Arden knitted bed jacket with silk lining and swan down, £35 from Ebay
Pale blue silk dressing gown with marabou trim by Mary Green, £15 from Ebay
Powder blue marabou shrug by Reiss, £25 from Ebay
Blue marabou shrug with feather shoulders by Coast, £30 from Ebay
Black marabou jacket by Top Shop, £40 from Ebay
Black marabou shoulder shrug by Jasper Conran, £20 from Ebay
Hope this bit of fluff cheers up a rainy Monday! xxx
I'm off to a friend's Birthday - dinner... and bowling!! What the hell AM I going to wear to go BOWLING?? I've only been once since I was a kid so I'll be terrible!
For part two of 'Show you my wardrobe' CLICK HERE