I spent the first half of this summer only too pleased at the clouds, downpours and lingering chill in the air. I wanted the skies to reflect my mood, and if I wasn't feeling sunny or blithe, I was damned if anyone else should be.
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Tuesday 22 September 2009
A scene from modern life: I'm in a burger bar, one of those chains that charge the gastronomically snobbish a modest premium so they can pretend that they're not actually eating in a fast-food restaurant.
Tuesday 08 September 2009
Saturday 05 September 2009
My parents ... moved from Manchester to Solva, a fishing village in Pembrokeshire, where they started a company called Cottage Clothes. It was the 1970s, so everything was a quilted Liberty fabric.
Friday 14 August 2009
Romantic fiction market-leader Mills & Boon has recently re-designed its book covers to produce a new look which is a little more modern and - dare we say it - sexy.
Sunday 10 May 2009
Paul Smith's erudite vocab (you don't get words such as "circumnavigation" with the Kooks) is a minor joy itself, but his way with a subtly perceptive couplet ("She's dressed up/It's her duty to the town") is far more precious.
Sunday 03 May 2009
Simon Usborne: Rapha has a fiercely loyal cult of fans, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Smith and, er, me
Saturday 25 April 2009
Monday 20 April 2009
Monday 23 February 2009
There were military details and khaki shades of austerity at Paul Smith's packed show in Claridge's ballroom this evening, but they were offset by graphic floral prints and bright pinks and yellows.
Saturday 21 February 2009
Thursday 05 February 2009
Monday 05 January 2009
Saturday 29 November 2008
Saturday 18 October 2008
Wednesday 20 August 2008
"That's the Edinburgh Fringe for you," said Maximo Park singer Paul Smith at this Edge festival show, while the feedback wail that had dogged "Our Velocity" was sorted out. "We're now doing experimental musical theatre, like a drama school company." To which a woman in the audience helpfully piped up: "Take your top off!" It's not like the Fringe at all, then.
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