I very much hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations and wondered if you could take time out of your busy schedule to assist me?
Since commencing my countdown to becoming forty I have felt a compulsion to devour copious amounts of fashion literary gems such as The Little Black Book of Style, Style A to Zoe and V.B.'s That Extra Half an Inch to name but a few. This is alongside my monthly dietary staples of In-Style, Marie Claire, Grazia and the odd Vogue or Tatler.
I wouldn't say this behaviour is anything out of the ordinary for me but I feel as if I am being swept along on some kind of mission with the ultimate aim of achieving true style greatness. You, more than anybody know what I'm referring to; those style icons who possess that certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. For me they would include Audrey Hepburn, Carla Bruni, Jacqueline Onassis, Christy Turlington, and of course Coco Chanel who so wisely quipped "Fashion fades - style is eternal".
I feel like am on the path to Life, Part Two and am determined to end up more Lauren Hutton and less Bet Lynch!
So, taking Nina Garcia's advice I have started to follow the "style icon" rules:
Invest in the basics
Realise the utmost importance of shoes
Never under estimate the power of accessories
Edit your wardrobe
The shoe thing I definitely mastered years ago; with accessories, I have to say I'm still learning but am proving to be a willing pupil and the editing is going well. I have taken several critical glances through my wardrobes and continue to weed out the mistakes, disasters and clothes I have kept purely for sentimental reasons, making more room for my basics and of course, for any future investment purchases!
Here's where you come in, because I'm sure you're beginning to wonder why I'm taking up so much of your valuable time.
According to Ms Garcia the basics must include:
Good white shirt - tick. Two of those!
Well fitting jeans - tick. Two pairs of 7 For all Mankind safely stashed away.
Trench coat - tick. Not a Burberry but a very good imitation courtesy of Hobbs.
Killer heels - definitely a gold star! Collection includes a pair of Louboutins and Choo's.
Little Back Dress - ah .... that would be a resounding no.
The LBD issue is starting to keep me awake at night! You yourself have said "One is never over - or under dressed with a little black dress". But can I find one that would go from day to night and screams understated chic? Can I heck!
So, in case you were wondering what to get me for my 40th, as head of the house of Chanel, who better than your good self to furnish me with the ultimate style staple? Perhaps, lurking somewhere amongst your collections you might have one going spare? I'm sure you don't have many models or A list pals who wear a UK size 12 (US 10, Europe 40) that still haven't yet found their dream LBD? Vintage would of course also be gladly accepted.