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From Sidewalk, to Catwalk, to Sidewalk again: Jean Paul Gaultier’s archive gets real., Fashion

From Sidewalk, to Catwalk, to Sidewalk again: Jean Paul Gaultier’s archive gets real.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens at London’s Barbican Art gallery this Wednesday, the latest stop in a blockbuster transatlantic tour. The retrospective exhibition has the magnitude of a pop concert staged by Madonna, or Kylie, or Gaga even. That’s no random smattering of stars: they’ve all been dressed by Gaultier, at one time or another.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 6 April 2014 at 9:22 pm

Her Outdoors: April flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: April flowers

We were up in North Yorkshire at the weekend. Every morning, a heavy mist hung over the Howardian Hills, refusing to budge until well after lunch. In the morning, it was chilly enough for coats and fleeces, but when the sun broke through it felt as though there was a 10 degree increase in temperature. [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at 4:49 pm

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle

At the start of each month, I pick out three of the best children’s book I’ve been reading recently, from picture books to Young Adult novels, old classics to new favourites. My recommendations for April are The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

By | Arts, Notebook | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Ibet: Manchester United may not have the armoury to breach Bayern Munich’s defence, Football

Ibet: Manchester United may not have the armoury to breach Bayern Munich’s defence

Sir Alex Ferguson will surely have choked on his Premier Cru when he saw that bookies are offering 13/2 (that’s six and a half to one) about Manchester United winning a game at home

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Monday, 31 March 2014 at 5:40 pm

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes

I’ve been on holiday, but the allotment isn’t taking any down time at the moment – despite some very chilly days last week, buds are bursting on the fruit trees, the spring cabbages under nets are swelling and tiny radish seedlings are getting bigger by the day.
The weeds are also flourishing – my plot is [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Monday, 31 March 2014 at 9:31 am

On the red carpet, finally, something new, courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, Fashion

On the red carpet, finally, something new, courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton

I’m not overwhelmingly interested in celebrity dressing. Is anyone, really? The rounds of premieres, awards-shows and television appearances are relentless – every country has its own launch for a film, a television programme, a magazine, a cereal. And every launch has an outfit. Bar a few celebrities with emblematic style (Kate Moss) or hefty endorsement deals (Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, obviously), what they wear is mostly forgettable. Just like so much of fashion today is forgettable. There’s a surfeit of stuff. Most of it is anodyne, rehashed, dull and unnecessary. Why would I be interested in that?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 4:10 pm

Ibet: Stats Point To A Lay Of Arsenal As Manchester City Come To Town, Football

Ibet: Stats Point To A Lay Of Arsenal As Manchester City Come To Town

Arsenal put in a storming end to last season to secure Champions League football but this time around they are losing momentum at just the wrong time.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:55 pm

Ultra-marathon man: From Eastern Europe to Western Australia, Notebook

Ultra-marathon man: From Eastern Europe to Western Australia

Since my last blog I’ve made it through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, marking the end of the European leg of my journey.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 3:48 pm

Ibet: Manchester United’s Record Against Top Half Teams Is Poor, Football

Ibet: Manchester United’s Record Against Top Half Teams Is Poor

I’m against Manchester United in tonight’s Manchester derby. It’s not just a perception that David Moyes’ men are having a rough old time of it against top teams – it’s backed up by the statistics.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 9:11 am

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock

Hailed by the publishing cognoscenti as ‘the French Harry Potter’, the six books in the Oksa Pollock series have gained millions of teenage fans worldwide. But the books would never have made it into print were it not for the determination of co-authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, who self-published the first Oksa installment in 2007.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 12:00 am

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