London Fashion Week is almost upon us, with the opening catwalk show slated for Friday.
Now this might not seem particularly newsworthy – except for the fact that I know that it’s happening. And when. And in advance.
This is the girl who spent much of her childhood wanting to be a boy – or at least wanting to be allowed to play football, which was pretty much the same thing at the time; a girl who disappointed her mother with a worrying lack of interest in clothes, handbags or make-up – the very things that it is assumed all girls naturally like.
My mother, who was determined to rectify such shortcomings (regardless of my thoughts on the matter) escorted me to Boots with some Christmas money shortly after my 13th birthday. There she selected what she considered the appropriate make-up. Blue eyeshadow (this was the 1970s), a compact of powder and a medium purple lipstick: the latter was a small thing and I eventually threw it out around 10 years ago. Which tells you something of how much – or how little – I used to do make-up. There was cleanser and toner and moisturiser too.
This had to be applied for church going at the least. God presumably thinks a touch of slap essential for worship, although on the basis of what was excluded from that shopping trip, mascara is just a tad too tarty in divine circles.
But here we are, some 30 odd years later, and I know when London Fashion Week starts.
All due, of course, to a newfound dedication to the glossies. Not that they’re for reading, but for ogling: porn for apprentice fashionistas.
So I really know what this season’s caged boot is, and I know that it comes from Yves Saint Laurent.
Kinky, eh? And probably a darned good thing that I’m not good in heels and designers don’t make things to fit me.
Let’s be quite clear – I’m not a shoe slut: but only because my feet are such an obscurely awkward size.
To be frank, with size three tootsies (wide fitting) and a bra size of 40H, I feel like a cross between a Geisha and Dolly Parton. It’s nothing short of a miracle that I don’t fall flat on my face more often.
So shoes are out.
Or were, until I happened upon a pair of patent pink Marc Jacobs pumps in Harvey Nicks, Bristol, while working in that city in January. A photo will follow shortly for Irene. But they were an historic find: designer shoes that fitted. And suitably credit crunched by around 50% in the sale. A rarity – and the exception that proves the rule.
Still, there are always handbags.
Lovely, lovely handbags.
But that’s a story for another day.