Some of the older generation of outlets are finding it difficult to keep up; Laura Ashley is often talked of as a once-loved relation who is "a bit confused" and "not what she was". Yet it is not simply an old vs new generation issue; some oldies appear to be as compos mentis style-wise as ever, and are still attracting those who can choose from an almost global shopping mall. So where does Nineties woman go - and why? Is she really chucking out her chintz, and do Marks & Spencer knickers still rule? We find out.
Name: Arabella Weir
Occupation: author of Does My Bum Look Big in This?; appears on BBC's The Fast Show.
Where do you buy your clothes? Marks & Spencer and Next, and I have stuff made for me by a tailor/dressmaker.
Because? Good colours and cuts, well-priced and indistinguishable as high street rather than designer.
When did you last buy clothing from Laura Ashley? Millennia ago.
Are your knickers from M & S? Yes.
Describe the style of your home. Indian and Middle-Eastern and Caribbean colours - eclectic and a bit wild.
Where do shop for it? Heals - classy and well-made, John Lewis for sheets and covers because they have good colours, and their stuff is well-made and reasonably priced.
Chucked out your chintz? All but some beautiful cushions made for me by my mother, and a sofa I can't get rid of for love nor money.
Ever bought something for the home from Laura Ashley? As I say, millennia ago.
Will you go back? Possibly, if they leave behind the pearls and Guernsey sweater image completely.
Describe yourself as a shopper. Cautious and loyal. I will spend real money on tailored jackets and shoes. Nothing else is worth it.Reuse content