Ditch the denim! What to wear to the office in the heatwave

From wafty kaftans to white shirts or open-back shoes, here are seven ways to avoid a meltdown at your desk In case you hadnt noticed, its hot. Yay! But you still have to go to the office. Boo! Here are seven things that will keep you cool at work in both senses while the temperatures continue to rise. The fancy white shirt Puff-sleeve blouse by & Other Stories, 59 Yes, the white shirt is a work classic but bonus its also bang on trend this summer, as long as its not quite Michael Gove boring that is. Yours should have a tweak a ruched sleeve, a twist in the middle, a bit of a frill but still, at its core, it should just about fit with the corporate dresscode. In fact, the corporate look is now the height of fashion see Martine Rose and Balenciaga. If fashion trends were a […] Read more »

The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models?

From 73-year-old Lauren Hutton for Calvin Klein to 88-year-old Daphne Selfe, older models are finally getting work with major fashion brands. But the absence of middle-aged models to bridge the gap makes it feel like just another fad When I first started blogging as Thats Not My Age nine years ago, I was always banging on about the lack of older models, my Grey-dar permanently on high alert. But whereas in the past, the older model was restricted to a healthcare or life insurance gig (cue woman strolling jauntily down the beach in a lilac waterfall cardigan and stretch chinos), now nearly every week theres another gorgeous silver-haired model in an advertisement for a fashion brand. While this age-appreciation is fantastic it is wonderful to see women such as Daphne Selfe, 88, Maye Musk, 69, and Lauren Hutton, 73, looking vivacious and stunning, I still cant help wondering: where have […] Read more »

Christy Turlington: The closest Ive come to death? The birth of my daughter

The model on her campaign Every Mother Counts, and how she dislikes talking about her appearance Born in California, Christy Turlington Burns, 48, was scouted to be a model at 14 and went on to become one of the original supermodels. After suffering a postpartum haemorrhage in 2003, she took a masters in public health and set up non-profit organisation Every Mother Counts, addressing global maternal health. The charity has partnered with Toms shoes. She is married to actor Ed Burns, has two children and lives in New York. When were you happiest? Before kids, when I was 13 or so, on the back of my horse, running at full speed in an open pasture. Post kids, happiness happens often, but in more subtle ways. I now prefer the word content. What is your greatest fear? I dont fear anything but fear itself. Fear makes humans behave inhumanely. What is […] Read more »

Woke models: how activism became fashion's latest must-have

Its no longer enough to have a look. Adwoa Aboah and Leomie Andersons socially aware voices have made them the stars of the new catwalk generation You can tell a lot about an era by its fashion models. In the 60s, the spirit of the youthquake was personified by the wide-eyed, Bambi-limbed Twiggy. In the early 90s, nothing said sod the recession like a glamazon who wouldnt get out of bed for less than $10,000. In the ensuing two decades, Kate Moss represented not just a waifish appearance but a sphinx-like attitude, espousing the motto: Never complain, never explain. But in the social media era, something new is happening. In the age of protest and fourth-wave feminism, it is no longer enough for models to slink down a catwalk anonymously: silence is starting to look seriously dclass. The hot thing in modelling is not a look, but a viewpoint. It […] Read more »