Meet the fabulous Nicholette Yardley-Moore. I know the next half of this sentence is going to make me sound like some crazy-assed stalker but...I've been watching her for a while. Don't click away just yet. This gorgeous grey-haired woman works in Liberty's accessories department, and I've meaning to say hello and ask if I can blog about her, forever. Then as luck would have it, over at the designjunction exhibition yesterday, there was NYM on a stand showing Vintage Cushions. I was so excited I practically knocked over a table displaying expensive ceramic plates to get to her. As well as the job at Liberty, NYM designs and makes cushions, before work and on her days off. And the good news is that you can buy them online at the newly launched Vintage Cushions website. Fabrics come from collectors and dealers and the quality is superb, 'I like beautiful colourings and collecting beautiful fabrics,' she says, adding, 'The reverse side of the cushion is important too. The back is just as important as the front.' Couldn't agree more. It's all about attention to detail and I find it v shoddy when purveyors of soft furnishings use cheap backing fabrics. Who are they trying to kid?
|The Churchill Cushion: Nichollette's favourite.|
|These mid-century fabrics would look fabulous on the settee at That's Not My Age Mansions.|
Nichollette (we're on first name terms now) studied fashion in the late sixties, has designed accessories, run market stalls and had her very own shop. This life-long interest in fashion didn't surprise me, I could tell from her wonderful, singular style that NYM was an expert. So, I asked for some tips on looking good at any age, ' Do not buy what's fashionable,' she advises, ' I must be able to put it on and go "That feels great." And there's no need to spend a lot of money, this black top was two pound in a second-hand shop. Buy clothes that last, like these palazzo pants I've had for yonks and yonks.'
|Nichollette Yardley-Moore and her Vintage Cushions.|
What are your tips for style at any age?