Lorraine's Blog: The editor is on TV!

A nerve-wracking, but fun, part of my job is to appear on live TV.


(Jacket by Theory, blouse by Tucker)

It was with trepidation and a little bit of excitement that I set off at 7.30am one morning this week to appear on Channel 5’s daytime show The Wright Stuff (which airs at 9.15am on week days).

I first worked with the show’s presenter Matthew Wright on The Sun newspaper many years ago and have known him ever since, so there was some reassurance it wouldn’t be as much of an ordeal as going on the News at Ten, which has brought me out in hives in the past.

I also knew I would be talking to a predominantly female audience. Even so, when the subject of airbrushing fashion photographs came up I knew I would have to defend my industry’s very sensible reasons for this practice. And also defend a women’s right, and expectation today, to be able to be transported to a beautiful, luxury world once a month.

Why don’t you watch the programme and let me know what you think. Should we have a form of ‘kite mark’ on all photographs that have been retouched to be more beautiful in monthly magazines or not? What are your thoughts around this issue? Comment below because, as you’ll see from the TV debate, my thoughts are very focused and defined. But your opinions matter and I’d like to hear them.

What to wear on TV? I think smart is the best option and less distracting for the viewer. I wore a blue Tucker blouse, Theory jacket and J Brand jeans from my Donna Idashopping spree, worn with my trusty Dior pink flats.

(Flats by Dior)

Flowers from Margherita Maccapani Missoni appeared in the office – she is this month’s Closet Confidential in our June issue, with Kristen Stewart on the cover, on sale now.

This paper, curated by Ida Rhoda, features Stephanie Sian Smith's photographic work from her recent exhibition, I’ve Done Alright for a Girl. You can still catch the exhibition at The English Restaurant in Spitalfields for a week longer. Steph regularly photographs our What ELLE Wears blog and is a new talent to look out for.

Today the Editor is:

Reading ‘Vidal: The Autobiography’ by Vidal Sassoon – remembering a talented man.

Listening to: Electric Guest - This Head I Hold. Natalie Davis, our picture intern, has been playing this lots on the art desk. A great feel-good song for the weekend.

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