… a word from Amanda

Welcome to the most incredible Spring conditions, here in London. We are in lockdown, confined to our homes, with no option but to sunbathe in our gardens and balconies in glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. There’s no sound of planes, trains and automobiles. Just sweet silence and tweeting birds. Oh, the irony.

It might not seem that way right now, but I’m pretty sure many  longer-term positives will come out of this pandemic. In the meantime, I will be here every Friday, bringing you fashion and lifestyle news designed for this challenging time. I’ll do my best to look at the lighter side of current situation. 

Trump claims that America is almost over the virus. D’oh.

And there’s another claim in the news this week. Apparently, Michael Jackson predicted coronavirus, which is  why he wore that  face mask.

The late King of Pop’s former bodyguard Matt Fiddes has claimed that the star predicted a coronavirus-like pandemic, which is why he continued to wear a facemask, despite being mocked for it. British bodyguard Matt, who looked after the singer for a decade, said that while Michael was travelling the globe on tour, he realised that there was potential for a virus like COVID-19 to spread, and therefore took measures to prevent himself from ever catching it. 

He knew that a natural disaster was always there. “He was very aware and would always predict that we could be wiped out at any time. That a germ that could spread. He would go through four countries in one day sometimes and he was on aeroplanes with people all the time.”

He added: “He would say, ‘Matt I can’t get ill, I can’t let my fans down. I’ve got concerts coming up. I’m on this earth for a reason. I mustn’t damage my voice, I’ve got to stay healthy, I don’t know who I’m going to encounter today, I don’t know what I might pass on’.”

Matt says that if Michael were alive today he’d tell people “I told you so”.

Anyway, we’ve all just got to Beat It. 

Onto this instalment of Amanda Zips It Up and we check out H&M’s stunning new online Conscious Collection, how to cut your hair whilst marooned at home, plus a new range of ‘loungewear for working from home’ by Missguided.