I feel very excited to be home again soon for the diamond jubilee and proud to be the designer of a luxury British brand at a time when we are celebrating all things British. My Union Boot furthers my love of recycling and connecting the old with the new. I chose my current favourite Tinka Boot and customised it with an original worn vintage union jack flag sourced from Home Barn in Little Marlow. I think it’s the perfect festival boot for this great British summer.
I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to join the Pilgrimage of El Rocio tomorrow. We have walked and walked and walked the dog in the English countryside, attended a few more Ten Pilates classes than usual for that core figure (for the dress!) and my bata has arrived by post, just in time.
The dress just happens to be red, white and blue, which seemed the most classical of choices at the time. Red with yellow spots? I don’t think so. Is this just a coincidence that the whole of England is in love with this colour combination right now?
The lady who sent it to me owns a shop in a pretty village in the south of Spain and she explained to me that this kind of dress is called a bata, not a traje. The difference being that a bata has only a tenth of the circular, bias cut skirt of the traje flamenco, and a tenth of the weight.
Her selection is hanging in her garage, washed and ready – one for each day of the week’s festivities.
The English countryside is looking at its very best right now and I have been trying to get fit for this walk but, between you and me, I have been suffering Hockneyfied vision after visiting the Hockney exhibition. It certainly proves the power of his imagery.
Wilma on Cambridge Blue cowhide: The English home is undoubtedly the most comfortable of all. Look how Wilma, my friends puppy, is luxuriating on this true Cambridge Blue Penelope Chilvers rug after a long walk in the bluebell wood at the weekend. Aaahh…