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Her Outdoors: Leek Inquiry, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Leek Inquiry

We paid an early visit to Plot 35a on Sunday morning to take parts of a wooden playhouse I have bought for my daughter to play in while I get on with gardening. Tomorrow, with the help of a handyman (because we are hopeless at DIY and I want it to be safe), it will [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 10:29 pm

Ibet: Red cards could cost Yeovil when they take on in-form Sheffield Wednesday, Notebook

Ibet: Red cards could cost Yeovil when they take on in-form Sheffield Wednesday

Yeovil are second bottom of the Championship with only six wins all season from 32 games, the second worst record of wins in the division.

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:54 pm

Ibet: England’s Habit Of Conceding Looks Set To Continue Against Denmark, Notebook

Ibet: England’s Habit Of Conceding Looks Set To Continue Against Denmark

Although betting heavy on friendlies can be a recipe for disaster as managers experiment before the real thing, there do look to be solid reasons for expecting goals when England take on Denmark tonight.

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at 4:28 pm

Visibility and viability: Rihanna does Comme des Garçons, Céline challenges superficially and Chloe clumps along, Fashion

Visibility and viability: Rihanna does Comme des Garçons, Céline challenges superficially and Chloe clumps along

Rihanna was sat front-row at Comme des Garçons on Saturday afternoon. I’m uncertain why she was there – it isn’t something I would normally mention, but the incongruity of such a high-profile attendee at Comme des Garçons, hitherto the bastion of intellectualism, of substance over mere style, bears comment. What did Rihanna make of it all? I didn’t ask because, frankly, I don’t care. Comme des Garçons isn’t about the flashy, slightly trashy circus of celebrity dressing. Hence, perhaps Rihanna’s presence was some form of artistic statement, a kind of installation or performance piece? I wondered if someone, somewhere was laughing at her. Or maybe, if even Comme counts the column inches. Visibility, in today’s fashion game, seems next to godliness.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 3 March 2014 at 5:33 pm

Her Outdoors: The sweet smell of spring, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: The sweet smell of spring

Yes, it’s March! It may be chilly but the sky is still light at nearly 6pm and shoots in the garden and allotment are getting taller. Birds are singing louder and building nests. I always feel a sense of excitement that the real gardening season is upon us now, mixed with a mild panic that [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 6:05 pm

Parisian provocations: At Dior, Raf Simons suits, Fashion

Parisian provocations: At Dior, Raf Simons suits

We think of Dior as a house built on evening wear – the French call that flou, which, as the name implies, denotes garments with a sense of fluidity and lightness. Even if a Dior ball gown was anything else. But Dior’s most famous fashion image is of la Tailleur Bar. It’s one of those house codes that Raf Simons has been fixated on since he began redesigning Dior in 2012. Hence the fact the Bar suit’s jacket, the nip-waisted, thrust-hipped silhouette originally cut in tussore silk by Pierre Cardin (a tailor at Dior before setting up under his own steam) appears again and again, insistently, in his collections, cut in everything from grain de poudre to denim.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 2:43 pm

Paris when it fizzles: Balenciaga, Rochas, Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion

Paris when it fizzles: Balenciaga, Rochas, Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier

Paris fashion week is the great consolidator, the grounder of the fashion season. It rounds off the ideas we’ve seen emerging in the other three fashion capitals, adds a few more of its own and a distinctly Gallic flourish, and ties the whole thing up in a fancy, florid Frenchy bow. It adds the punctuation. It makes the whole thing make sense. It does usually at least. This season, however, Paris seems, somehow, subdued. It’s throwing up questions rather than answers, and bucking the trends. It’s an intriguing turn of events.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 11:23 am

Her Outdoors: Step changes, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Step changes

No sooner than we impatient gardeners, spurred on by a bit of sunshine and buds on the trees, get ready for the growing season outside – rather than fiddle with propagators and potting on indoors – than there is snow forecast this weekend. With our capricious British weather, the absurd timing is perfect, coinciding with [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 10:38 pm

Children’s book blog: February reads – Weasels, Oliver and the Seawigs and In Bloom, Arts

Children’s book blog: February reads – Weasels, Oliver and the Seawigs and In Bloom

My recommendations for February are Weasels by Elys Dolan, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and In Bloom by Matthew Crow.

By | Arts, Notebook | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 11:15 pm

Made in Italy: From Milan, a closing look at Fendi, Ferragamo and Dolce and Gabbana, Fashion

Made in Italy: From Milan, a closing look at Fendi, Ferragamo and Dolce and Gabbana

Following their occupation of Paris in 1940, the Nazis tried to move the couture industry lock, stock and stays to Berlin. The then-head of the Chambre Syndicale, the couturier Lucien Lelong, declared “You can impose what you will by force, but Paris’ haute couture is not transferrable… It exists in Paris or it does not exist at all.”

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 5:04 pm

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