Jane Ray is one of Britain’s foremost children’s book illustrators and a keen storyteller, as Rebecca Davies finds out
There are lots of advantages of living on a hill. You get to see proper sunsets, even in the crowded skyline of London. In the summer, the front steps of the house become baking hot, making it perfect for growing tomatoes in pots. But there are downsides, shown in the amount of debris that was [...]
Jane Merrick finds a novel method to protect her newly sprouted pak-choi, mizuna and spring cabbages
How do you decided to feed your dog? An emotional issue wrapped up by thousands of pounds of pressure from global firms, marketing and some very clever PR.
A lot has happened since my last post and there have been a lot of ups and downs in my race against the clock to complete the European leg of my world run.
Dog theft has quadrupled in the last five years and this has led to over 45 dogs being stolen every day in the UK.
The couture schedule, somehow, was packed this past week. Here are a few words on a few shows for the spring/summer 2014 haute couture week, including Vionnet, Chanel, Valentino and Armani.
So they did it. On a Chilean mountainside, Daniel ‘Baz’ Whittingham became only the second amputee ever to complete the Dakar Rally, and the first in the truck category. He follows his Race2Recovery team mate, Philip ‘Barney’ Gillespie, who became the first amputee to complete the Dakar last year when he teamed up with Major Matt O’Hare in a Wildcat rally car.
In less than 24 hours, we’ve had four very, very different interpretations of twenty-first century haute couture. How to reconcile the whimsy of Marco Zanini’s Schiaparelli debut with the hyper-modern aerated layers of Raf Simons’ go-faster Dior? How could you compare the cinched-in, souped-up sexuality of Donatella Versace’s Atelier ode to Grace Jones with Giambattista Valli’s embroidered, gazar-wrapped chocolate-box frocks? Couture is about contrasts. There’s aren’t that many customers out there left, so canny couture houses are appealing to niches with deep, deep pockets.
Noble aims, fun and games, and Donatella’s Game of Thrones. Umit Benan, Saint Laurent and Atelier Versace, in Paris.
Umit Benan’s ode to Jackie Robinson and Hedi Slimane’s streetwise Saint Laurent close the autumn/winter 2014 menswear season, while Donatella Versace opens the spring couture. Fashion waits for no man, woman, nor Lady Gaga, in Paris.
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