beautiful and newToday is the launch of Marie Claire Runway, a new biannual magazine that ‘celebrates all the fun and fabulosity of the Fashion Week whirl’. It’s brought to you by the people behind women’s glossy Marie Claire, and I was fortunate enough to be creative director of this project for seven frantic weeks at the end of last year. I worked long hours with a crack team of journalists to put together the mag and tried to document the process as we went. This video is a little taster of what happened behind the scenes.

Launching a new mag involves a lot of thinking, experimentation and red wine. We tried hundreds of different ideas for the cover and some of the inside pages were so intricate we sent the repro house into meltdown, with over 1000 images of models that needed to be digitally cut out and removed from their backgrounds.

I think this might my favourite spread…

or maybe this one …

Marie Claire Runway is on sale now at all good newsagents and probably some petrol stations. It is good. Go buy it.


Finland does good graphics, great fabric and weird sweets (mostly liquorice or peppermint, often together, always in stylish packaging).

The town we visited was called Oulu. Friendly, quiet and famous for hosting The World Air Guitar Championships… AWESOME! If you don’t believe me look here.

The fabric in the top right of the picture is from marimekko and bottom left are some coasters I picked up for ‘my-new-house-that-doesn’t-actually-exist-yet’ from the Moomin Store in the uber-cool Helsinki Airport. For all things Moomin go here now!

I love paper. I love the way it is super versatile and you can make it do pretty much anything you think of. I once made it do this for a photoshoot. If you want to make something similar you can watch an instructional video I did for HobbyCraft a little while ago, it shows you how to make these giant flowers.

Anyway I digress… The other day I stumbled across the beautiful website of  Paper+Cup Design. After having a good look round I found they had just released a book full of their quirky and cute designs. I received mine in the post this morning and though the projects are quite simple they all have the delightful design aesthetic that I love.

If you are new to crafting, want to make something with your children or just want another book to coo over and be inspired by then get yours here.