Skip to main content

The Women's March for gender equality and the Loewe elephant shoulder bag

Girls want to grow up too fast. So eager are they to skip to Chapter 23 of the book that they miss all the formative bits about the characters along the way. Follow the detritus of discarded Startrite sandals, My Little Pony toys, pink hair elastics and pinafores and there sat at the end of it, you will find her, iPhone clamped in clammy palm, the gunk of Kylie Jenner's latest make-up offering slathered across her defiant face.

This is why child-like designer bag offerings are such a joy. There appears to be a growing trend for them - animal-shaped ones in particular. And these aren't your disposable, find them in a thrift shop and discard them when the embarrassment sets in, kind of bags. They are bags made with all the loving care, attention to detail and rich fabrics of any other designer bag, with the price tag to boot.

The designer collaboration Hillier Bartley has come up with bunny-shaped bags in a myriad of colours and styles. Serious bag designer Loewe are giving us elephant bags in fabrics from denim and gingham to leather. Thom Browne has come up with the ultimate in animal clutches - the bright red textured leather sausage dog bag. It even has a name - Hector.

Whilst we can't let the week go by without discussing the Women's March for gender equality in London. Thousands took to the streets on Sunday to mark International Women's Day and the centenary anniversary of some women getting the vote.

Armed with banners reading "Let's finish what the Suffragettes started" and "Close the pay gap", marchers pounded the historic route taken by the Suffragettes a century ago in the now annual event organised by charity Care.

The ensuing rally in Trafalgar Square was hosted by the more than able Sue Perkins who paused from her one liners to defend all the alleged victims of sexual abuse who, she believed, had been made to feel shame by the tabloid press.

She said: "It is our abuser's shame to own, not ours. Ever...Sexual harassment must end. And this is the perfect spot to make that happen."

There were also speeches from Helen Pankhurst, Bianca Jagger and Sandi Toksvig, the broadcaster and co-founder of the Women's Equality party. But London mayor Sadiq Khan's speech was particularly poignant, calling on men to declare themselves feminists too.

Wearing a "deeds not words" sash, he declared he was a "proud feminist". He continued: "I think if you're in a position of power and influence and you think it's wrong that women get paid less than men, you think it's wrong there's discrimination against women still, you think it's wrong that simply by virtue of being born a boy you have more chances than a girl - you should be a feminist".

Do you remember when you were young, you had no idea that girls would have a greater challenge ahead of them when it came to making their mark on society? If anything, it was young girls who felt emboldened with the thought they had the upper hand. Then steadily drip, drip, drip, the reality dawned.

Let's make it so the next generation do not have to suffer that dawning realisation -  on the basis it will no longer be relevant. We should wear the likes of the Loewe elephant printed leather shoulder bag as a symbol of that commitment and not be so quick to cast it off this time.


Popular posts from this blog

Life on Mars, "gangster" Peppa Pig and the Loewe dinosaur trainers

So it turns out Button Moon was a lie.

This reporter is of course referring to the 1980's children's TV show, which followed Mr Spoon and his family of fellow kitchen utensils, as they day-tripped off to Button Moon in a junk model space rocket.

There the family would enjoy all manner of adventures before returning back to earth in time for tea. Mr Spoon made space travel look a sinch. It transpires space travel is not a sinch.

NASA, alongside the European Space Agency, is planning to bring Martian rocks back to earth to see whether the planet is inhabited by aliens. However, this daring mission is not a simple matter of astronauts rocketing up to Mars, picking up a few rocks in their space buckets, and returning back to earth that same afternoon.

As it turns out, the whole venture is going to be something of a palaver on the basis we are not, as yet, able to land a rocket on another planet and then take back off again. This means bringing the rocks home will take at least thr…

Hawaiian shirts, "gammons" and the crack at the Home Office

Aloha. You find this reporter lying back on a sun lounger, pina colada in hand, to announce the latest fashion trend for men, the Hawaiian shirt.

Formally the mainstay of the 'zany dad' and Tom Selleck as Magnum PI, the Hawaiian shirt looks ready to bedeck the most trendy of backs - and fronts - across the fashion hemisphere this summer, with Prada leading the charge. The most desirable of fashion houses has launched an exclusive collection of Hawaiian shirts for Mr Porter, the male arm of Net-a-Porter.

And the feeling on the street is, Britain's most fashionable men are ready to embrace something a little more vivacious and adventurous this season. The 'fun' trend is already rolling out to the high street with All Saints stocking their own versions. Back at the high end, Stella McCartney and Burberry have designed their own bold printed shirts with 'jolly motifs'.

Just don't get too complacent over this new fashion staple and pair it with loose fitting…

The Hugh Grant Interview, appetite suppressing lollipops and the Jacquemus straw hat

"No more rom-coms for me" declares Hugh Grant. This reporter caught up with, arguably, the king of rom-com Mr Grant recently to find out more. Dim the lights, crank up the music player. Three, two, one...

"Fame, I'm gonna live forever..."

Good evening and welcome to Fame, the celebrity spotlight televisual programme, presented by none other than This Reporter. As you can see (!) we have moved to a brand new studio following last week's furore with Oasis legend Noel Gallagher.

This reporter recognises this new studio does not hold quite so much of the glamour, the pizazz, the je ne sais quoi of the former studio. Indeed it looks a little like someones disused box room, but the move was deemed necessary due to the threat of 'cataclysmic retribution'.

On with the show, and tonight's guest is a much-loved British actor, as famed for his floppy hair and endearing upper class hesitance, as his back catalogue of romantic comedic excellence. Starring in…

Rudd's resignation, Trump's visit and Kat Von D's indestructible eyeliner

You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout. I'm telling you why. Donald Trump is coming to town.

More about that later. First, some serious news. (This reporter puts on her most sensible of news reading glasses). The Guardian reports today (Monday) that Amber Rudd has "dramatically" resigned as home secretary after "repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants."

The documenter of our times continues: "The home secretary was forced to step down after a series of revelations in the Guardian over Windrush culminated in a leak on Friday that appeared to show she was aware of targets for removing illegal migrants from Britain.

"The pressure increased late on Sunday afternoon as the Guardian revealed that in a leaked 2017 letter to Theresa May, Rudd had told the Prime Minister of her intention to increase deportations by 10 per cent - seemingly at odds with her recent denials that she w…

This week's must-have purchase - the wedding jumpsuit

This reporter declares we have reached peak wedding obsession.

With the realisation that in a few weeks time we will no longer be able to speculate over the finite details of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding, because it will be done and dusted, it appears the media is already trying to move our focus onto another potential wedding extravaganza - the nuptials of three-year-old Princess Charlotte.

The Evening Standard newspaper ran an article alluding to just that. With no sense of irony, it discussed the fact that whilst Charlotte is undeniably a Princess and fourth in line to the throne, when she marries (note the "when", not if) and has children, they will be unlikely to have titles.

The newspaper goes on to explain that there are only two ways to become a British princess. You either need to be born the daughter of a prince or you have to marry one.

But this reporter is still stuck several sentences back, struggling to come to terms with the assumption Princess…