Give a frock Friday


Victoria Beckham features on the cover and in the pages of August UK Vogue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier of course. Here she is wearing a beautiful frock (can I call couture a frock?) from Schiaparelli Haute Couture. Keeping her warm is a wool coat by Maison Martin Margiela and leather boots by Christian Louboutin – who else? What a dream photo shoot, such lovely clothes she gets to model for the camera. Beautifully styled by Lucinda Chambers, the shoot centres around Victoria in the garden, the aim was to see her doing something no one’s seen her do before, at least not in the pages of a magazine.

In Victoria’s own words: “I looked at it [turning 40] and said to myself, I have four incredible children, an incredible husband, a business that’s doing very well. I’ve worked hard and achieved a lot. I don’t think I could have achieved much more,” she told Vogue’s Emily Sheffield, adding: “I wouldn’t be where I am without David. He gives me the security and encouragement to do what I do. I do the same for him.”

For no particular reason, other than being inspired by the lovely Mrs Beckham’s words above, I would like to give my own husband a shout-out just quietly here while I have the chance. Thank you, my love, for all that you do, for all that you are, and for the support you provide, the encouragement you offer me when needed, and for making me breakfast. I may not always show it, or say so, but it is always, always appreciated. Xo

Whether you’re just waking up on the other side of the planet, or if you’re getting ready to settle in, or having your first after work drink, I wish you all a wonderful Friday and fabulous weekend!

love & light x0

Give a frock Friday


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In keeping with my theme of Frock Friday images styled by Grace Coddington, I love this image for its romance. It captures a moment in time when life was simpler, a mother and child spending time together – it could be from a hundred years ago…  The frock and the image have a very bohemian quality to them, and it is of course, the highly romantic and naturally carefree spirit of the image which I love. It takes me on a journey, which is the job of the stylist isn’t it, to feel transported. Model Caroline Trentini is beautiful in this star and flower print chiffon frock by Valentino and photographed by Vogue regular Patrick Demarchelier for American Vogue’s November 2011 issue.

Short and sweet this week, too much to do really, on top of which I’ve just come back from a super relaxing and much needed session with my marvellous Acupuncturist – so I do not want to undo all that good work by sitting at my desk!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

Australia’s Gemma Ward photographed by the fabulous Patrick Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Australia, December 2005. Gemma’s frock is actually two frocks – one is washed silk over another made from silk tulle. Both stunning, don’t you think?

I’m late with today’s post, I know, but I’ve been tied up doing Annabel’s hair in tight curlers because she has an exam rehearsal tomorrow morning and this is what a mama has to do for her daughter who loves to dance!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are…

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

Daria Werbowy wearing Nina Ricci from the Spring/Summer 2004 ad campaign. Photographed by none other than Patrick Demarchelier, this shot doesn’t look posed, it looks as if Patrick has stolen a moment, don’t you think? Daria is definitely one of my favourite models, she’s very good at what she does and even just sitting about in this pretty little lemon and lace number, she’s perfection. She has fabulous hair too, by the way.

Today was going great, all very normal until late this afternoon en route home from picking up Miss Annabel from her ballet class I get a call from hubby telling me he was en route to Emergency with Miss Chloè because she had been bitten by a dog on the thigh! My poor baby, we were all freaking out, but thank fully she is going to be just fine. She was very concerned about why a dog would want to bite her though. Can’t say I blame her really.  Why would anybody keep a dog that wasn’t trust worthy? Our Labrador Jet is the most placid, sweet-natured dog in the universe. No wonder Chloè didn’t see it coming, how could she when to her, all the dogs she knows are happy souls like her Jet?

Enjoy your weekend peeps. xx

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Give a frock Friday

From the house of Christian Dior, the Dior ball gown that gives the colours and forms to the Dior VIII Grand Bal watches Haute Couture model No.1. Worn by Frida Gustavsson photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. Click on the image to find out more about how this gown and others inspired this Dior watch collection.

How’s your week been? I’ve had a crazy-busy week, and it ain’t over yet as I’m working all weekend, writing blogs when not, all while trying to find a new house to live in – yep, we’re on the move again… such fun!

Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

Give a frock Friday

Gorgeous Aussie model Gemma Ward photographed by Patrick DemarchelierLa Citè Des Anges for Vogue Paris, October 2005. Gemma is wearing Jeremy Scott from his “Iron Butterfly” Fall 2005 collection.

This weekend is going to be huge! My wonderful hubby, with some help from my best and gorgeous girlfriends, is putting on a big birthday party for me! I have a fabulous new frock and a rockin’ new hair-do to go with. Keep an eye on my Instagram for highlights from the weekend’s festivities!

Enjoy your weekend – I know I’m going to! xx

This is Vintage

Christy Turlington photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Harper’s Bazaar September issue, 1992.  In this first shot Christy is wearing Isaac Mizrahi and looking nothing less than perfect.  

 Christy wears Donna Karan
Geoffrey Beene
 Ralph Lauren Collection
Giorgio Armani

These images, and the designs, take me back to my early days of exploring fashion, understanding design and getting to know the who’s who of designers.  I just love the memories.



Sources: Thank you to Devodotcom blog for these stunning images.  An excellent blog devoted to vintage magazines, magazine editorials and advertising.  Please visit, you won’t be disappointed.  

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