Pointless Editorial

Designer Norah Turncote is the anti-Angie for the YLF generation, with three decades as a dilettante technologist behind her. Now she’s turned her attention to clothing. Tousled and Windswept Magazine caught up with her in her factory space behind the KwikFit garage, where she is reimagining fashion as post-industrial folk-art.

T&W: Describe your look.

NT: I call this one “Hyperactive Preteen with Issues”.

T&W: How do you get dressed in the morning?

NT: I run through my wardrobe backwards grabbing as many things as I can and put them on upside down.

T&W: Like that jacket?

NT: Yes. I made this out of some scrap fabric a friend was using as an occasional tablecloth. I could wear it the right way up but you wouldn’t see the zipper on this strangely bifurcated shirtdress, and that’s no fun at all.

T&W: Is this what it means to be the anti-Angie?

NT: Exactly. She’s very polished, you see. Always fabulously turned out and appropriate for the occasion. And I’m not just rough around the edges, I’m rough from the inside out. A total hot mess, me. She’s a dog person, I’m a cat person, that sort of thing. But we both wear specs and talk like the Queen, so there’s that.

T&W: How do you even leave the house?

NT: I accessorise with a large dose of confidence and take the side-eye of twenty-somethings as a compliment. None of them will be dressed like this when they get to my age.

T&W: Which is?

NT: I’m not telling. But let’s just say I run a little hot these days and my bladder’s not what it used to be.

T&W: Mid-life crisis?

NT: It’s a transformative experience.

T&W: What’s next?

NT: I’ll take some pictures in awkward lighting conditions with this rubbish camera and crop them to make my photographic incompetence look like artistic intent. Then I’ll write some pithy text mocking the fashion press to cheer up the ladies on their Monday morning.

T&W: Pointless editorial. What’s not to love?

NT: Quite right. I’m very pleased with my photobombing mannequin. I’m thinking of giving her a pay raise. How do you think this random footprint on the wall got there?

T&W: We really can’t imagine.

NT: Neither can I. But it’s fun to speculate, no?

T&W: You know we’re suckers for an abandoned industrial space filled with the ephemeral traces of a mundane past. And we’re every bit as pretentious as you are.

NT: Pretentious? Moi? Why thank you!

T&W: You’re very welcome.

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • RoseandJoan replied 5 years ago

    Wow Norah Turncote is fabulous.

    I do however find similarities between your (ahem Norah's) and Angie's style. I do believe Angie would happily wear a white shirt dress over her denim crops, however, the origami jacket is the key piece which proclaims this outfit as yours.

    You are a blast!

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Well thank you so much Norah (and Liz) for making my day with this insightful editorial. I do hope this is the first instalment of many?
    And may I add that I love your last name?

    Re the origami jacket: I love how the beautiful colour and subtle sheen emphasize the architectural "foldings" even more.

  • chouette22 replied 5 years ago

    Ha, cheering up ladies on their Monday morning? Well, you completely succeeded. What eloquence!! And the nerve, that photobomber! 

    Totally enjoyed this - thank you!

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    What a great way to start the day.  Thank you for this fun read.  And Norah you look awesome in that jacket and dress over pants.  I love the folds and fabric of the jacket.  It is certainly a versatile piece.  The twentysomethings are wondering where you got it when they look at you sideways.

  • Ginger replied 5 years ago

    Giggles!  You had me at
    “Hyperactive Preteen with Issues”.

  • Eliza replied 5 years ago

    Fun with fashion at its best. Thanks for the laughs. I appreciate a witty "pen".

  • Momo replied 5 years ago


  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    You had me laughing over Monday morning coffee. Please make this a series.

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    Glad you enjoyed it ladies! Norah takes a bow.

    Jules, it came from a byline about an "anti-It girl for the something something generation", someone I'd never heard of of course. You're absolutely right though, nobody could hang around here for long without some of that discipline and wisdom seeping in. And I do see many, many similarities in our respective styles, which is what made the idea so appealing in the first place.

    Inge, Joy, don't tempt me! Maybe I'll change my name and start posting as my alter ego for updates from the studio. She's closer to the truth than you might think.

    Style Fan, you're too kind. It's a fine line to walk and I'm not always sure if I've nailed it. I'm pretty happy with this look though. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    What Jules said! This is hilarious, and I loved every word, and you look amazing in that origami creation. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago


    Darling Norah, despite our sartorial variances, our style souls are the same: having fun with fashion at any age. We're connected. Horses for courses - but we eat the same fodder and enjoy a good show. 

    (Nodding along with Jules and Suz). 

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    How could anything so funny and brilliant be pointless? Best Monday read evah!

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    Quite! Wonderfully funny and the jacket is lovely!

    But now, don't let me start yapping about Gigi and Cara...who y'all ask? Exactly...

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Cara has a horrific role in Suicide Squad...

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    Oh no, Una. Don't make me see that. I have developed a morbid fascination...

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    Ha!  This is the best post.

  • Xtabay replied 5 years ago

    Inspiring!  I'm wearing all my clothes upside-down today.  It's quite thrilling and feels very subversive.  I might even paint my nails for a change.

  • bonnie replied 5 years ago

    I love the interview and am looking forward to seeing more of Nora Turncote's creations. Have you been approached by the mainstream media, yet?

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    Haha... you rock!

  • columbine(erin) replied 5 years ago

    Awesome. Thank you. More, please.

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    Angie, you're an absolute sport. Enough said :D

    Speaking of It girls, Una, rachy, some things are best left unseen. Like, for example The Neon Demon, a ridiculous psychological horror thriller about supermodels. So up itself that I didn't realise how terrible it was until the credits rolled. Elle Fanning is radiant but I still want those two hours back.

    bonnie whut? You're joking, aren't you? Norah doesn't even have a web presence yet. But she will, ladies. She will.

  • MsGreer replied 5 years ago

    Great, life would be awefully boring if we all thought and walked in the same direction.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Ms. Turncote I am delighted you have found your voice. Yes it is a transformative experience. How can a subscribe to Tousled and Windswept? I love their editorial team :) !

  • bonnie replied 5 years ago

    Loved your post and looking forward to more!!!

  • Nishaa replied 5 years ago

    I want more, lots more.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    What a riot! And the strangely bifurcated shirtdress--to die for, dahlling.

  • Sal replied 5 years ago

    Great post Rio, I enjoyed reading it, and love your origami jacket.

  • skylurker replied 5 years ago

    Reimagining fashion as post-industrial folk-art : so that's what you've been up to...oh my :)
    Nice to see you back, I love, love your writing and your wit.
    As for the outfit, well, that's too many layers for minimalist me, but you knew that.

  • donnat replied 5 years ago

    Looking forward to Norah's Web presence. I wish I could spend real time with you.

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