Category Archives: wish list

For the hep cats: Black Eyewear sunglasses

Every once in a while I get sent a press release that really excites me. This morning it was one from a brand I hadn’t heard of before: Black Eyewear.

The label’s glasses and sunglasses are designed by 67 year-old Robert Roope, a jazz fanatic who was born in Hull and managed to travel to different parts of the world, accumulating over a thousand vintage frames along the way. All of the frames for sale are inspired by and named after jazz musicians of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties. 

I’ve not seen such a brilliant range of sunglasses in ages, and with prices starting at £70, these are now on top of my spring wish list.

Buy online from Retrospecs.

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

I’m not a big fan of Rodarte – it’s all too whimsical – but I do love their new collection for Opening Ceremony. The range of 50s-inspired sun glasses is just perfect!

Dazzling Dahlias

Really nice new range of dresses from London-based label Dahlia

What to wear? Carnival in Venice


I’m off to meet my boy in Venice for carnival in March – hugely exciting – and am wondering what to wear. I don’t really want to wear a full-on costume but stuff with a hint of harlequin that I can still wear whenever. I really like this Harlequin dress by tba.

This 60s mini skirt by Atelier Mayer is another favourite but I’ll never ever fit into a size 6.

Or perhaps I should do as Mia Farrow (pictured here with her then husband Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote’s Black & White ball, 1966) and go for monochrome?

New label love: Charlotte Taylor

I love love love Lancashire-born, London-based designer Charlotte Taylor, who used to work with Luella. I’ve seriously not been this excited about a new label in ages. Penguin print? Cape dresses? Genious!


Topshop goes 70s prep

I’m rather taken by Topshop’s spring collection, particularly their Graduate-themed one (“preppy with a 70s twist”), which has a range of good, basic pieces.

Cream striped bow blouse, £38

Coral leather bag, £55

Tan suede skirt, £55

Monday likes

3.1 Phillip Lim ss11 dress