Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

A midsummer night’s dream: style crushing on Puck

Have you seen BBC4’s newest Skandi crime drama Crimes of Passion? As is my way I’d decided I didn’t like the look of it based on the trailer, then caught the second episode and sheepishly had to admit that it is Really Rather Good. And the best thing about it is Puck Ekstedt and her amazing wardrobe. Yes the detective hero Christer Wijk looks like a smiley Don Draper and granted his best pal Eje is also a swoonesome Swede, but its Eje’s fiancee Puck who had me at hallå.

I’ve been a bit fed up with my style recently and Puck has saved me from the fashion doldrums. I didn’t want a total makeover you understand – that’s never advisable, both in terms of budget and just because the results are never entirely convincing (think of Tai in Clueless). No, I mean more of a refresh – using stuff I already own, just styled in a slightly different way, with a fresh silhouette. When you encounter a woman – whether real or fictional – whose look you really admire, it can help you rediscover the essence of what makes a good outfit – whether it’s the length of a trouser leg or the way a shirt sleeve is rolled just to the elbow – and even if you have a totally different style or body shape, you can incorporate that tiny detail into your own look and reboot it.

crimes of passion puck

Puck is an English lit student (like me!) Independent, brave, intuitive and emancipated (um, like me!), with piercing blue eyes (ok, not like me) that seem to burn into the soul of every suspect, ferreting out secrets large and small by intuition alone. And she wears the coolest clothes, in the most amazing way. High-waisted cigarette pants, crisp blouses with wide, flat collars and nippy little cardigans are perfectly suited to the fresh Swedish summer.

Her trademark outfit is clean, simple, elegant, chic – Katherine Hepburn with an indie twist. While the other women in the show are wafting around in full-skirted summer frocks or slinking about in pencil skirts, Puck can run, jump and bop aggressive men on the head in her boyish threads. She is the ultimate gamine crime fighter.


Puck reminds me of Agatha Christie’s intrepid heroines – Tuppence Beresford (married to Tommy and foiler of Nazi plots and poisoners) and the stars of her spy novels like They Came to Baghdad and The Man in the Brown Suit. People sometimes think Agatha’s work begins with Poirot and ends with Miss Marple, but she wrote all these other amazing crime novels with some properly kickass young women running rings around international criminal masterminds, serial killers and the like. And chic, tomboyish Puck is just as fabulous.Christer-Dina-Puck-Einar

I’m definitely going to be watching the rest of this seriously good-looking series (if you have a thing for mid-century-modern Skandinavian furniture and quite frankly WHO DOESN’T? you will love it.) Crimes of Passion is on BBC4 on Saturday nights at 9pm.

Visiting the Elnett Hair Fix bar at the Glam LFW Blogger Suite


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Because I am inherently lazy, one of the best bits of London Fashion Week for me is always visiting the Glam Media suite (Pamflet is part of Glam’s blogger network.) I love hunkering down in the Dome room at One Aldwych and availing myself of their WiFi, sandwiches and sofas. And this year there was something even better – L’Oreal Elnett’s hair fix bar.

After queuing in the pouring rain waiting to enter a show venue (only for us to be told it was ‘oversubscribed and they were only letting the front row in’, FFS), my hair was looking pitifully limp, frizzy and in need of scjhoozing (jchooshing? you know what I mean).

So I plonked myself down in stylist Simon Izzard’s chair and, breathing the heady, comfortingly familiar Elnett-scented air in, let him work his magic. I am completely useless at styling my own hair – I can’t use rollers or hair straighteners properly (my arms are too weak), don’t understand which products do what, and tend to tip it upside down, blast it with a hair dryer and scrape it into a top knot to ‘encourage’ some curls to form – hence why I always look a bit scruffy.

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Win a copy of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel!

The first Pamflet salon of the summer season is with Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, author of Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland and to give the proceedings even more pizzazz, we’ve wangled three copies of Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s beautiful photographic account of Mrs V’s life and work, The Eye Has To Travel, to give to three lucky salon attendees.


All you have to do is purchase your ticket via the button below and you’ll be entered into the draw – we will give the winners their copes at the salon on Tuesday July 2nd.




The first in our series of summer salons takes place on Tuesday 2nd July with Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, author of Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland. Amanda will be talking to us about Diana’s life and work and how she came to write this comprehensive biography in an evening of bookchat and wine at our favourite venue, Drink, Shop & Do in Kings X.

We have long been fascinated by Mrs V, arch-editrix and tastemaker extraordinaire. She was the ultimate example of how clothing can be used to construct a better, truer version of yourself. Her influence can still be felt today – although no-one has ever come close to surpassing her vision, creative courage or pizzazz.

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Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity at The Met

“The latest fashion… is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most.” Édouard Manet, 1881

IFM_landingWhile we were in New York recently we checked out the Met’s current big exhibition – Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.

Manet, Monet and chums put clothes, no, fashion, centre stage to capture the style of their time, proving how vital a force fashion is in  representing a society’s ideas about how it wants to be perceived. Passing trends, far from being irrelevant, were absolutely crucial in making a statement about the Parisian obsession with speed and newness.

In room after room we encountered splendid dresses, shoes and accessories from the Met’s impressive fashion archive, placed in front of Impressionist paintings that matched them closely, or indeed exactly, as they were the gowns actually worn by the women while being painted.

Isn't she pretty in pink?

Isn’t she pretty in pink?

It was a feast for the eyes, with intriguing style notes thrown from every angle – Persian/Indian shawls were in… then they were out…, think pink! (says James Tissot, with his portrait of the Marquis de Miramon in 1866) and so on…

Specific fabrics, colours and styles of wearing pieces (your shawl in the crook of your arm, like the modern way of carrying your handbag or draping jacket over shoulders) became a new symbolic language in fashion.

Also as the emphasis was on the clothes, rather than the faces in these portraits it was clear that women – then and now – understood that it doesn’t matter if you’re plain, as long as you’re CHIC!

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