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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

Victoria Beckham and Altuzarra: elation, deflation and schadenfreude in New York, Fashion

Victoria Beckham and Altuzarra: elation, deflation and schadenfreude in New York

I often wonder what people really want from Victoria Beckham’s label. In fact, that’s rubbish. I know exactly what they want. Shall we be blunt? They want her to fall spectacularly, sensationally flat on her face. They’ve been wanting her to do it since day one, because Beckham has it all and the fashion world loves a bit of schadenfreude.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 7 September 2014 at 7:29 pm

Pugh, Wu, Gurung and Alexander Wang: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff at New York Fashion Week, Fashion

Pugh, Wu, Gurung and Alexander Wang: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is a nice way to start the season, for very cynical reasons. There are lots of shows, and few new ideas. You get plenty of reflections of the season just passed – especially at the very start of a “week” where, in all honesty, we could be done, packed, and back across the Atlantic in four days if we shunted most of the chaff off the schedule.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 7 September 2014 at 4:04 am

Her Outdoors: Hello Autumn, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Hello Autumn

After the stunning kitchen garden at my Aunty Liz and Uncle Tom’s Baltic-side bolthole in Finland last week, back to a bump in Blighty and the overgrown paths at Plot 35a. Actually, I only left the plot for a week, not two as I usually do for a summer holiday, and popped up there before [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 at 11:01 pm

Her Outdoors: Finland edition, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Finland edition

While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May. The season is short, but intense – as I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 23 August 2014 at 8:30 pm

A Q&A with double Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jodie Stimpson, Notebook

A Q&A with double Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jodie Stimpson

Jodie Stimpson is one of the UK’s leading female triathletes. At only 25 years old, she recently won two Gold Medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – one in the women’s triathlon and then in the team event alongside the Brownlee brothers and team mate Vicky Holland. Last year she finished runner up in the ITU World Triathlon Series.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 11:58 am

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