A Fashion Statement

fashion     I’m feeling a bit crushed not to have merited even a mention at this week’s Fashion Awards. I cede to no-one as Most Eclectically Dressed Novelist. In the frosty cave that passes for my book-lined den I am currently wearing: one vintage thermal vest, one long-sleeved cocoon dress, two sweaters and my old Mum’s shortie cape slung around my shoulders in a style not dissimilar to Anna Wintour’s white, furry shrug. Where am I going wrong?

Admittedly I don’t work wearing industrial quantities of mascara. I find the weight makes my eyelids droop. But I can do big hair. I’d have to take off my fur hat but give me half an hour and a can of dry shampoo and you’d be surprised.  The only reason I can find for my yet again missing the nominations list is that I haven’t perfected the art of standing with my legs crossed.

The exigencies of my working life require me to keep both feet firmly on the ground. Sometimes, towards the end of a long day, my eyes cross, and around publication day I keep my fingers crossed, but my ankles? Never.

Actually my ankles have disappeared. I’ve starting to look like I’m wearing leg warmers even when I’m not. Maybe next year I’ll get tipped for Stylish Crone. Me and Vivienne Westwood, head to head.



  1. Lucy Mitchell on December 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Well, you may have missed out on an award, but you’re certainly not missing any craic. Have you ever seen the documentary about Anna Wintour? The September Issue? I have and goodness me, what a joyless lot those fashiony people are.

  2. Nessie Poston on December 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    My current trivial obsession is Anna Wintour’s feet and shoes. She wears the same ones, summer and winter, that were made specially for her, possibly even designed for her, by some well known shoe maker. The real issue for me is she has such disgusting feet. Big toe too long and little toe hanging over the side of each shoe. Yuck! I need to get out more.

  3. jane on January 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

    wonderful laurie. stay warm. i’m sure they won’t overlook you next year.

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