Style-o-Meter: July 10, 2013



Let’s face it, any opportunity to see the world’s favourite style icon on the big screen is worth grabbing but when it’s a new print of the gloriously romantic and utterly beguiling Roman Holiday – the 1953 film which launched Hepburn’s career – then we’re talking compulsory viewing. Even though she wears pretty much one outfit throughout the entire film…

The gorgeous gamine won an Oscar and charmed the world playing a naive young princess who goes AWOL while on a state visit to the Eternal City. Little does she realise that the streetsmart knight (the delectable Gregory Peck) who comes to her rescue when she gets in bother is in fact an American newspaperman chasing a scoop.

* Roman Holiday is back in UK cinemas from July 19.


It’s a Ford fragrance fiesta this week as four beautiful and very distinctive new fragrances are launched by the elegant Mr Tom. His  latest mini collection of perfumes takes inspiration from the Orient. He says: “It is an olfactory exploration of Asia’s fusion of cultures and influences that is extremely beautiful, quite unexpected, and a reinvention of the region’s most precious ingredients. Atelier d’Orient is an artisanal collection that captures subtle qualities of Asia—its elegant discretion, refined mastery of details and classical eroticism.” My personal favourite of the new quartet is Plum Japonais, a luscious, dark, warm and sensual fragrance with a hint of a masculine streak.


Is this the most famous yellow bottle in the world? Possibly. It’s probably the most ubiquitous since: one is sold somewhere in the world every 4.87 seconds, so chances are most dressing Clinique DDMLtables have at some point been graced by it. Now, 45 years after it was first launched as part of Clinique‘s iconic 3-Step skincare programme, Dramatically Different has had a sort of facelift.  It’s been reformulated to reflect 21st Century skin concerns and tackle the effects on the skin of our modern-day lifestyle, and to utilise 21st Century skincare technology. Six years in development, it launches this week – at the old price point, starting at £17.



Thanks to a corner shop which had an apparently inexhaustible supply of original Special K, I have joined the anti-K party a bit late. However,  having now sampled the new-look, new-texture, new-taste version of the cereal which has been a staple of my diet for the last three (weight-watching) years, I am ready to sign petitions, burn my bra, do whatever it takes to have the original reinstated. C’mon Mr Kellogg, this will not stand!


This week’s heatwave has triggered an outbreak of crimes against style on our streets – from the inappropriate use of shorts (by women for whom maxi dresses should be mandatory) to the exposure of white tummies that give off a glare that could be hazardous to drivers. One of the worst affronts could be tackled, however, by clothes manufacturers: surely those high street purveyors of strapless or halter neck sundresses could do us all a favour and build in support for wobbly bosoms? My nine-year-old twin sons need counselling after being exposed to some of the sights they’ve encountered in the last week ..

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