Raf Simons’ Dior esprit – don’t call it ‘pre’ – in Tokyo, Fashion

Raf Simons’ Dior esprit – don’t call it ‘pre’ – in Tokyo

Raf Simons’ latest Dior collection marched out across the square dais of Tokyo’s Ryōgoku sumo hall – an arena more akin to fat men slogging it out in underpants than thin women trying to sell us expensive ones. This is Dior’s contribution to a season most of the world dubs pre-Fall – the no-man’s season that lies between spring/summer and autumn/winter.

How long will fashion journalists feel the need to explain that? Possibly a good while longer if houses continue to come up with inventive names to mask the issue they all seem to have with “pre”.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 11 December 2014 at 6:33 pm

Her Outdoors: Purple Patch, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Purple Patch

The Government may insist winter doesn’t start until December 21st (which is why they can have an Autumn Statement this month) but winter has definitely arrived everywhere else outside Westminster. On Sunday night we had our coldest night in London all year – in fact last winter was so mild I think it might have [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 4:54 pm

Her Outdoors: Boundary commission, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Boundary commission

Round our neck of the woods, everyone seems to be having a basement fix-up or a loft conversion. The reason I know this is because on every block on every street there is a skip containing a lot of junk of little use to anyone – apart from, if you’re renovating your beds at your [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at 10:21 pm

Her Outdoors: In the frame, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: In the frame

It would be tempting, as autumn slips into winter, to do a tidy up of the plot, a bit of digging of beds, and then leave it until spring. In London, the last two weeks have changed Plot 35a significantly, again. In the first week of November, when I spent a week doing my autumn [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 29 November 2014 at 10:08 pm

Her Outdoors: How To Train Your Damson, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: How To Train Your Damson

Despite the dark and the wet, November is still a month of possibilities. Yeah, so it’s not April with all its blossom, or August with its abundance, but this month is the time to pause and reflect, stepping back and planning what to grow next year. Most exciting of all, it is the start of [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 7:02 pm

Her Outdoors: Sowing broad beans, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Sowing broad beans

I’ve just had a week’s holiday, and spent most of it getting my plot whipped into shape for the winter. At this time of year, there’s a lot of clearing up to do – raking up leaves to make leaf mould, tearing out the last of the spent runner and climbing bean plants to put [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 12 November 2014 at 3:07 pm

Her Outdoors: A line drawn in the soil, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A line drawn in the soil

It is easy to lose yourself in your own plot. With your nose to the soil, trowel in hand, sowing a line of broad beans, or staring at your compost heap wondering if it needs more green or brown waste, it can be a very insular experience.
But allotments are also about community: sharing tips about [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 2 November 2014 at 11:22 am

Her Outdoors: Herb Outdoors special 1. Lemon Verbena, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Herb Outdoors special 1. Lemon Verbena

I have an ongoing dilemma about where to keep my herbs growing. Ok, this isn’t the biggest of dilemmas, but as gardening is always about trying to overcome nature, it is always good to have a debate with yourself. The best place for herbs, really, is close to your back door (or front door, in [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 26 October 2014 at 9:38 am

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report

The volunteer was insistent. “Hurry, hurry! NO! Don’t sit down! You can’t stop! Keep moving!” I was at the penultimate checkpoint on the UTMB – some 43 hours into the one of the world’s ultimate ultra-marathons and the biggest challenge of my running life. Here I was at La Tete aux Vents, high up in [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:56 pm

Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything

The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups – like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 8:33 pm

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