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Cruise 2015: Plain sailing from Raf Simons’ Dior, Fashion

Cruise 2015: Plain sailing from Raf Simons’ Dior

It’s odd seeing a Dior show in New York. Namely, because it all feels so very Parisian. Actually, it’s Parisian per se – which conjures up images of chi chi little pied-de-poule suits and veiled hats, baguettes, breton stripes, clipped poodles, that ooh-la-la Francophile shtick – but reminiscent of the Dior we see in Paris. There was the same stripped-back set, this time an expanse of white catwalk and a metallic mirrored backdrop reflecting the scene like an idealised Hudson River. We were watching Cruise, after all. The real Hudson was more Dior grey than mirror, in reality, but even that fitted the identity of the house.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 2:47 pm

Via the World: The transition from ‘normal life’ to expedition life is tricky, Notebook

Via the World: The transition from ‘normal life’ to expedition life is tricky

Indy blogger Sarah Outen is a British adventurer, on a mission to loop the planet using a rowing boat, bike and kayak. The last phase saw her row solo across the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska in 2013 and she writes now from the start of the next phase – a 1400 mile kayak journey through the Aleutian Islands in Alaska with another British paddler, Justine Curgenven. Here are Sarah’s thoughts ahead of the journey…

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 6:18 pm

Her Outdoors: Bed-blockers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Bed-blockers

It is the time of year when I wish I had more space: space on my front steps (which are now crowded with all 28 tomato plants, much to the joy/annoyance of the milkman/postman/Him Indoors), space in the mini-greenhouse and space at Plot 35a. Every week I transplant more seedlings to the allotment, only to [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 4:57 pm

Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry, Music

Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry

Eurovision 2014 starts today with a series of qualifying heats in Copenhagen, leading to the event proper on Saturday night.

By | Music, Notebook | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 6:10 pm

The Met Gala 2014: Putting the “Costume” into “Costume Institute”, Fashion

The Met Gala 2014: Putting the “Costume” into “Costume Institute”

Last night was the Met Gala, celebrating the opening of the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion. It’s lauded as the east coast equivalent to the Oscars: but compare the Met’s media reach to the Oscars, which pulled in 48 million television viewers from the USA alone, and it pales.

Then again, the Oscars is, ostensibly, about more than just frocks. It’s about prizes, about ambitions thwarted and dreams fulfilled. The Met Gala is about fund-raising. Never forget that. It’s a giant charity lunch, gussied up in fancy clothing. Last year, Gwyneth Paltrow said it “sucked”. Our attention, and the media hullabaloo, is all about the (cat)walk to the event, not the event itself.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 1:34 pm

The “Off season”: Cruising, Youtubing and the interesting boredom of Dior and Louis Vuitton, Fashion

The “Off season”: Cruising, Youtubing and the interesting boredom of Dior and Louis Vuitton

I bet people wonder what fashion editors do during the “off season”: write dodgy novels, maybe? Shop? Painstakingly plan ensembles to be crated and shipped ready for the next round of shows, when said eds are released from their pen, like the rabid hounds that shred unwanted visitors to Mr Burns’ mansion in The Simpsons? Only fashion editors voraciously attack and devour garments, and sometimes designers, rather than intruders.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 9:49 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Matt Haig on Echo Boy, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Matt Haig on Echo Boy

Matt Haig is best known for his critically-acclaimed adult bestsellers but Echo Boy marks his first foray into young adult literature, and his second into sci-fi.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 12:19 pm

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty comes home to roost, Fashion

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty comes home to roost

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum today confirmed that next year they will present the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the work of the late British fashion designer originally staged by the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. “Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here,” said Martin Roth, the Director of the V&A. “By staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.”

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 12:41 am

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up II, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up II

Back in February I wrote about getting my tomato plants outside in the middle of April. True to my word, I tentatively put three outside on the front steps last week, and this week I’ve released more into the outdoors. Here on the steps they will stay, because at the allotment they risk being struck [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 at 5:02 pm

Ibet: European Cup competitions latest betting, Notebook

Ibet: European Cup competitions latest betting

Chelsea have been given an unlikely chance of another Champions League night of glory

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 April 2014 at 5:02 pm

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