Lives lived: I had no idea it would be so touching
I sat down to watch Fabulous Fashionistas yesterday thinking it was going to be more about style than about people. I couldn’t have been more wrong. One woman after the other we got to peak into extraordinary lives. Rebecca Nicholson from the Guardian wrote about it today. She opens with: ’Don’t wear beige. It will kill you’ – a heart-warming tale of old age, grief and the life-enhancing effects of fashion. Some way into the program when Baroness Trumpington started talking about how she buys from catalogues Mike started laughing. He said “that’s you in the future“. I love Baroness Trumpington’s humour, so his attempt at needling me failed.
Gilly talked about her relationship with Peter. When they met he was in his 20′s and she was in her 50′s. That was over 30 years ago and they’re still together. That probably played a role in her being supportive of my relationship with Mike. We too had to confront the general disapproval of our age-gap. When I met Gilly I remember I was exhausted. I thought, here we go, yet another person who’s going to tell us we’re making a terrible mistake. Instead she was charming. I was wearing a tailored black shirt that had leather cuffs and collar. She complimented me. The next evening we went out to dinner. At one point I went to the bathroom and as I was returning to the table I overheard her say to Mike “Don’t listen to what anyone says, I think he’s fantastic.” I was extraordinarily insecure then and after the barrage of criticism we endured it was so nice to hear something like that. One of those things a person never forgets.