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The Inevitability Of Turning Into Your Mother

I used to hate 70s fashion. Looking back at pictures of my mum in her 20s, resplendent in wallpaper prints and a not-insignificant auburn afro, made me thank my lucky stars that there was no way in hell that I would ever have to suffer the ignominy of bell-bottoms. The world couldn’t possibly be that stupid twice, I reasoned. A one-time plague of flares would have been enough to teach everyone a lesson, surely?

Olivia Phillips Alice & Olivia

Denim flares: Alice + Olivia, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: Quay at Etoile La Boutique

Call me a sucker, then, that not only have I fallen heavily for the turbo-flare, but I am also willingly committing photos of me in them to The Internets; out there 4 lyf. ‘Tis for good reason, though. Firstly, they make my otherwise-modest 5 ft 3 and an (important) half appear at least three inches taller (side note: this might also be the elephantine wedges I’m wearing underneath), but also, due to sheer bloody physics, the balancing act a flare provides means that if you’re a pear shape like me, the proportions work for you. Trick of the eye, mate. Can’t argue with science. And it looks like I can’t argue with my mum anymore, either. Dammit.

Olivia Phillips Alice & Olivia

Denim flares: Alice + Olivia, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: Quay at Etoile La Boutique

Olivia Phillips Alice & Olivia

Denim flares: Alice + Olivia, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: Quay at Etoile La Boutique

Olivia Phillips Alice & Olivia

Denim flares: Alice + Olivia, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: Quay at Etoile La Boutique

Olivia Phillips Alice & Olivia

Denim flares: Alice + Olivia, Top: H&M, Sunglasses: Quay at Etoile La Boutique

New Favourite Style Icon: Keith Richards

Keith Richards

I have a horrible habit of never finishing books. Put me in a bookshop, however, and I become mortifyingly overexcited, picking out tomes like I’ve been starved of them – which maybe I have. I buy them in bulk, each one promising to make my soul/ brain/ outlook better, then bring them home and read the first lonely chapter, before invariably getting distracted by Instagram and the fridge. It’s testament to my status as an awful human being. There is one, though, which I can proudly say I’m well on the way to completing – and that’s Life, the autobiography of one of the rock ‘n’ roll greats; a certain Mr Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. Life Icon may be overplaying it (this is a man who’s done so many drugs that it’s a wonder he’s still with us at all), but Style Icon is a label I can most definitely ascribe to him. His book, written in the kind of nifty, gritty, straight-shooting language which you can imagine from a boy from Dartford, is a total joy, and full of the kind of one-liners which make him a living legend. “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.” “Some things get better with age. Like me.” “You can’t accuse me of anything I haven’t already confessed to.” They just don’t make them like him anymore – and that goes for his wardrobe choices as well. The ultimate kind of rock ‘n’ roll, too-cool-to-care gesture, he borrowed his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg’s clothes on a regular basis, which probably goes some way to explaining how he managed to perfect a dressing up box sense of style. You only need look at Hedi Slimane’s collections for Saint Laurent the past few seasons to see how his look still inspires fashion today. Keef, may you outlive us all mate.

Keith Richards Keith Richards, Mick jagger and anita pallenberg

Keith Richards Anita Pallenberg style

 

Sunglasses, River Island

Belt, ASOS

Trousers, Topshop

Dress, Mary Katrantzou at Matches

Coat, Saint Laurent at Matches

Hat, Saint Laurent at Matches

Shoes, Topshop

Ring, Brooke Gregson