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Discussing Anna Valentine’s new collection with her at her gorgeous atelier in Marylebone

These are some of her existing pieces…

I will blog the collection coming together, the shows are next Tuesday…

meanwhile, talking shop (fashion and beauty) at the Riding House Cafe with my friend and all round uber zen chick Julietta Dexter…they serve beautiful Jasmine tea (you may have noticed I’m conducting a survey into who serves the best….)

I bought Marni… had to queue for the WEBSITE EVEN!!!

bought this top…. (and other stuff)… stuff selling out before you could get it into the basket. Wow.

A long dinner with VGFs..  broad ranging discussions  – first up: Marni for H&M (I say no and they say yes absolutely they’re going to the store tomorrow… we all should…)

And I’m thinking.. if everyone ‘get’s’ Marni all of a sudden then doesn’t that mean the women who used to ‘get it’ (because only a few people got it) will no longer want it?

then again.. it does look pretty good…

and, well maybe it’s worth a look….?

then we moved onto the concept of ‘courtly love’, which as ye all knowe derives from the French Amour Courtois – a code of behaviour for knights and their ladies during the middle ages.

Chaucer‘s Knight’s Tale (The first in the Canterbury) made much of this ritual which was as far as I can see an excuse for married women to flirt wildly with other handsome men at court and vice versa.  No shagging allowed (though the code was violated regularly pun intended). The most famous example being Sir Lancelot and Guinevere

Should there be a new Amour Courtois for the 21st century we wondered, only this time shouldn’t it be applicable to those of us who are separated and or divorced and beginning relationships again?

We liked some of the initial edicts (paraphrased)….

boys cannot love fully until they reach manhood – good luck with that one

a true lover does not desire to embrace anyone else but his beloved – well, ok then, but does being drunk constitute a good enough excuse?

 a new love puts flight to an old one -lets hope so

he whom the thought of love vexes eats and sleeps very little – good because yoga is becoming very expensive and my hips have begun to hurt when I run or sleep for too long in the same position…

herewith a couple of new rules of courtly love for 2012 gathered from the group.. (post pizza)

Thou shalt not speed date, speed eat or speed anything else….

Easy on the flirting. We know it’s results driven.

Bring your own TV remote.

Thou shalt not mention the make of one’s car, one’s suit or the attributes of one’s former partner unless specifically asked…(never happening)

and lets not forget what’s at stake…..