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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

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – 100k Race to the Stones 2014, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – 100k Race to the Stones 2014

The 100k (62 miles) Race to the Stones is pitched as one of ‘the most accessible ultras out there’, catering for the rapidly increasing number of ultra runners for whom it seems that a marathon distance of 26.2 miles isn’t long enough.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 7 August 2014 at 12:30 pm

Her Outdoors: Who charged the blackberries?, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Who charged the blackberries?

I feel a bit sorry for the blackberry. Of course, I don’t mean the less hip cousin of the iPhone, but the very very humble berry of late summer. It is one of the easiest fruits to find in British hedgerows and parkland, yet – perhaps because of this ubiquity – they’re not the most [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 26 July 2014 at 8:34 pm

Fashion’s musical chairs commence anew, as Christophe Lemaire leaves Hermes, Fashion

Fashion’s musical chairs commence anew, as Christophe Lemaire leaves Hermes

Fashion isn’t a house of cards – where one ill-judged manoeuvre brings the whole thing tumbling down – but rather a game of Kerplunk!. Meaning, if you twiddle the wrong bit, it makes a lot of noise and you lose a few of your marbles, but the whole thing doesn’t crash to the ground.

That’s what occurred to me when news broke today of Christophe Lemaire’s mutual parting of ways with the French luxury juggernaut Hermès.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 21 July 2014 at 1:33 pm

Her Outdoors: I am a gooseberry fool, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: I am a gooseberry fool

One of the plants I inherited when I took over Plot 35a last year was a gooseberry bush. It was quite straggly and had criss-crossing branches and as a result cropped poorly last summer. The handful of gooseberries it did produce, however, were red, not green, and I later found a faded label revealing it [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 8:16 pm

Via the World: Pacific Ocean, box ticked, finally, Notebook

Via the World: Pacific Ocean, box ticked, finally

Indy blogger Sarah Outen is currently on a mission to complete the journey she set out on in April 2011. Her London2London:Via the World journey aims to complete a loop of the planet using a rowing boat, a bike and a kayak. She is currently kayaking the Aleutian Islands and Alaskan peninsula with team mate Justine Curgenven before she sets off on the next stage cross-continent by bike. She updates us here.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 15 July 2014 at 6:31 pm

A little bit of history repeating: something old makes something new, at Raf Simons’ Dior and Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, Fashion

A little bit of history repeating: something old makes something new, at Raf Simons’ Dior and Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel

The much-vaunted and oft-debated “point” of haute couture is tied up in history. Haute couture is living history, less a retrograde throwback and more a direct link to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The latter was when “haute couture” as a term was officially incorporated by Charles Frederick Worth, couturier to Empress Eugenie and most of her court; the former was when the idea of a fashion dictator was pioneered by the first celebrity dress designer, Marie Antoinette’s “Minister of Fashion” Rose Bertin. Those are some heavy antecedents, but they’re ones couturiers often bank on. Buying haute couture is a bit like buying a stake in a past you can never be part of.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 4:24 pm

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