TWR streetstyle: Hilary and Claire

Hilary and Claire

Yesterday I spent the day talking about colours for Autumn Winter 2013 /14 with the British Textile and Colour Group. We meet twice a year to share ideas and inspiration and to put together the British Colour Council seasonal palette. This is then shared with global colour forecasters at the International Colour Council meeting and used to inform the next seasons colours.

If you’ve ever wondered just who comes up with the colours that you buy in the shops each season, its us. So next time you get annoyed that the shops are full of a green that reminds you of your fifth year school uniform, you can blame us!!

The British Colour Council are a very stylish group – as you would imagine – and we have more than our fair share of women in their 40’s and over. Personally, I think it’s actually an advantage to be older if you are a colour forecaster, as you have many more points of reference and I think my colour sense has matured and improved with age – but then I would say that!

I just had to take a picture of BTCG members Claire and Hilary as they both looked amazing. Hilary is a textile consultant who works on Textile View Magazine and Pantone View colour Planner. She is wearing a shirt from Mayer, over a COS dress and white laceless brogues from Pokit.

Claire is Head of Textiles at the Royal College of Art and is 60. If you think she looks good in this photo, I can assure you she looks even better in real life. She is wearing four shades of green and gold brogues and looked effortlessly stylish.

Both Hilary and Claire love COS – now there’s a surprise, I wonder if COS realise they are the fashion world’s brand of choice.


  • Claire and Hilary look great. I particularly like the 3 shades of green. GG

  • sarah says:

    They look utterly fab. More of this stylish ‘older’ woman stuff please, it lifts the spirits.

  • free the quay says:

    and please tell COS if they are listening that they need to go up to larger sizes I’m six foot tall and the last time I fitted in a size 14 was long before three kids!

  • Louise says:

    Love all the greens including the green tiles – very stylish ladies, and agree, more TWR street style please!

  • jill says:

    Love, love, love these ladies! Coulourful, individual and inspiring and over 50!! there is hope for us!

  • Monix says:

    Wanna look like this! Please, please more inspiring posts like these and the ones you did from “Frieze” – such fabulous real women.

  • Andrea says:

    They both look great, do think Hilary’s style is perfect for my soon to be university lecturer look…

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