Amazing how some women going through one of the lowest points of their lives manage to look utterly fantastic at the same time.
Cosmetics and great grooming become both their armour and the boost to their self esteem.
Nigella Lawson strode in for her first appearance at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday with the pizazz of a catwalk supermodel.
We had all been waiting to see how she would look after weeks of allegations of drug-taking. I’d resemble something pale and pitiful the cat dragged in, but not she. Head held high, dark mane glossy, reflections of the winter sun bounced off cheekbones newly chiselled by a noticeable - and unsurprising - recent weightloss, she walked with dignity though crowds of photographers and television crews for her first appearance at the trial of two of her former personal assistants, Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo.
Nigella is 53 but looks decade younger - no small feat at the best of times. Of which this is most definitely not one. So far, the court has heard more about her and the demise of her marriage to Charles Saatchi than the sisters accused of using their employers’ credit cards to spend £685,000 on Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior handbags. Incidentally, the blue one slung over Nigella’s shoulder looked more like M&S.