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Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything

The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups – like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 8:33 pm

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic

The difference between the start of the month, when the days were bright and sunny and a languid Indian Summer warmth hung over Plot 35a, and now, with wind, rain, thunder, lightning, has drastically changed my allotment. Suddenly, as if overnight, foliage has begun to shrink away. Leaves falling off trees and the grapevine has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 11:32 am

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted

A little delay in publishing this, as it’s been party conference season. So, while my allotment is full of harvest, I’ve been travelling to Manchester, Birmingham and, this coming week, Glasgow to sit inside hotels and conference halls with politicians instead of picking grapes and the last of the runner beans and raking leaves. I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 7:43 pm

Via the World: From boat to bike – miles and miles of pretty miles

Indy blogger Sarah Outen is on a global trek by land and sea from London2London:Via the World. She set off from London’s Tower Bridge in 2011 and has since rowed, cycled and kayaked over 17,000 miles across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean and North America en route to London. Here she gives us the latest update from the bike in Canada as winter draws near.

By | Notebook | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 6:15 pm

A tale of two cities: sex and sensibility, from Givenchy, Celine and Stella McCartney, Fashion

A tale of two cities: sex and sensibility, from Givenchy, Celine and Stella McCartney

When the models began to take their complex turns at the Givenchy show on Sunday night, whizzing around the venue as if ricocheting around a pinball machine (the hairpin bends, I must confess, made me feel a bit sick), the first thing I thought was: well. It’s been a while since we saw this.

This being sex. Or rather, sexy. or rather, a certain idea of sexiness. “I would be a very rich man if I could make sexy clothes,” said Gianni Versace in 1997, in one of his final interviews. Which, from the long-acknowledged Italian master of dressing to undress, speaks volumes. Namely it poses the question, what is sexy in clothing?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 6:18 pm

In Paris, joy and pain from Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons, Fashion

In Paris, joy and pain from Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons

Two of the most satisfying shows of the current Paris season showed nothing anyone would ever want to wear. No great loss. And no insult, or injury.

That was the point, in fact, of both Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons collection and Jean Paul Gaultier’s final ready-to-wear show. Nevertheless, they could not have been more different: something old, versus something new. Looking forward, and looking back.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 28 September 2014 at 11:25 am

An afterthought, in the aftermath of London, for Meadham Kirchhoff’s Summer of Hate, Fashion

An afterthought, in the aftermath of London, for Meadham Kirchhoff’s Summer of Hate

Two of the designers I find myself thinking about the most are Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. Their show last Tuesday ended London Fashion Week, for me at least, and heading into Milan, seated in plush showrooms and watching so much money and so many tired ideas swan by so pointlessly, it was something that niggled at the back of my mind.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 22 September 2014 at 4:40 pm

Designer doppelgängers, and the wonder of weariness: Versace, Emilio Pucci and Bottega Veneta in Milan., Fashion

Designer doppelgängers, and the wonder of weariness: Versace, Emilio Pucci and Bottega Veneta in Milan.

Designer identity is a big thing in Milan. Here, they’re practically rock stars, their lives and collections dissected with fervid, sometimes morbid curiosity. Earlier this month, the Corriere della Sera newspaper published a letter from Stefano Gabbana to Domenico Dolce professing his love.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 21 September 2014 at 1:05 pm

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – volunteering at the Ealing Half Marathon

There are so many races happening all over the UK every weekend and they pretty much rely on the goodwill and enthusiasm of volunteers to keep entry fees at a reasonable level for those of us who want to run. One day I’ll put some real work in, give something back to the running community [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 1:56 pm

Timely pursuits in London, from Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum, Fashion

Timely pursuits in London, from Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum

Time is something I’ve been thinking an awful lot about during the London leg of the spring/summer 2015 collections.

Actually, that’s a lie. Because there’s no time to think. Or to eat, breathe, go to the toilet. Those kind of things. It makes you long, a little, for New York, for the wide open spaces of their fashion week calendar (at least, my fashion week calendar). In London, every hour, on the hour, there’s something to see.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 11:06 pm

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