Different Settings

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 23rd, 2010

Show Me Your Wardrobe touched on the different codes of being stylish in varying cities and I’ve recently been thinking about the same. Except by even going an hour or two outside of London, already, I have to re-assess what I’m wearing which technically means, my style could be changing as I physically move outside of the M25 (the border motorway that surrounds London).

Very often I have to go to a little sleepy place called Westgate in Kent where there isn’t much going on apart from pretty beaches and elderly people taking their dogs on very slow walks. There, I feel compelled to keep it fairly simple; all the layers are shed and I just reduce it down to a pretty dress with some sensible shoes. I’m rewarded when the old folks comment “Well, that’s a pretty frock!”.

Recently I was in the countryside in New Forest in a pretty village called Brockenhurst where wild ponies ran and everything was very green. So I too ‘countrified’ my outfits for the occasion. Bring on the cliches of bourgeois country dressing…. tweed, riding boots, lady like scarves… the star here is of course the New Forest pony in the background

Moving further afield to New York where the ‘It’s My Time’ casting shoot took place, given that I ended up staying a bit longer due to the volcanic ash incident, my wardrobe ended up being rather limited and influenced by the slightly more ‘laid back’ and ‘slick’ spirit of the city, I opted for letting pieces like these Loewe leather trousers and vintage shades do the talking…

That said, with all of this environment and adaption to surroundings, I would still maintain that all of these are facets of my style. To be boxed into one specific genre or style is something that severely depresses me and it actually throws up pleasing new challenges to go to a different place to tweak your style. Afterall, I have plenty of time in my home city London where I can go in whatever direction I wish so some constraints outside of the city are sometimes, more than welcome…

Does your style change as you travel the world or move about within your own country?

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 Style and the City

by United Blogs of Benetton on: April 3rd, 2010

All this talk about style has got me thinking about what it means to be stylish in a particular city…Can you be stylish in Milan but fall flat on your face in London with the same look?

Is it possible to be stylish in one city and not in the next? I’m from London, could definitely be more stylish – no, I’m not being all British and modest here, I really could do with having a bit more style in my life, but on the whole I scrub up okay.

In London I even get compliments and have been known to be photographed for the odd street style blog here and there but (of course there is a but) when I am in Brooklyn, for example, I feel like a square.

In Paris, I am not chic enough and in Milan not sexy enough.

Does that make my ‘look’ London-centric or am I just being silly?
Answers on a postcard please…



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 What Does Style Mean To Me

by United Blogs of Benetton on: March 22nd, 2010

Style. It’s a word that gets bandied about a lot: I wish I had her style, she’s so stylish or …in the style of for example. Is style just a matter of looking good or being pretty? Of course not; it’s about so much more than that but to actually pin-point what style is, to really quantify the word is a matter of personal opinion. So on to me and my opinion: someone head to toe in designer clothes with immaculate make up and 500 dollar highlights (you know the type of lady I mean, every city has them) is what the term style over substance was invented for.

And what about the girls who have to have the handbag of the season, or the apartment with the right address? So you have a girl with the apartment, the clothes, the bag AND the highlights but of course this doesn’t guarantee style.

To be beautiful is not enough, to be rich is not enough but to be happy and comfortable with who you are, THAT to me is style (and of course a cool look won’t hurt either!) I guess what I am trying to say is that style is not entirely about how you look, it’s about who you are and what you choose to do with your time.

Yes, Chloe Sevigny and Erin Wasson have bucket loads of style but so does my seventy year old neighbour Maria who baked me a cheese cake yesterday because she thought I might like it. Thank you Maria!
Here are some photos that I have taken of people (for my blog) that I believe have true style:






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by United Blogs of Benetton on: March 17th, 2010

I’m lucky enough to have photographed a lot of really cool and stylish people for my blog.
They may all have very different vibes going on but they all have one thing in common: buckets of style. Here are a few of my favourite photos.


SASA THOMANN: senior fashion editor of Elle


FIONA DEFFENBAUGH: designer and founder of Black Pearl Boutique



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