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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

Ibet: Galatasary and Chelsea: Game Could Be Tight In Turkey, Notebook

Ibet: Galatasary and Chelsea: Game Could Be Tight In Turkey

Galatasary have kept four clean sheets in their last five games, and at home have only conceded two goals in their last seven games.

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up

Whether you’re intending to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse or outdoors (like me), it is a good idea to start planning the sowing of this wonderful crop that can, if you get it right, keep you going until Christmas.
There are some gardening wimps out there who say you can’t grow tomatoes outdoors in Britain, firstly [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Monday, 24 February 2014 at 9:00 am

Fast fashion, lazy luxury and tenderness: From Milan, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Jil Sander, Fashion

Fast fashion, lazy luxury and tenderness: From Milan, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Jil Sander

Milan fashion week is sometimes a little bit like groundhog day. The same shows are staged in the same showrooms, at the same time, to the same audience. It’s all rather predictable.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 4:21 pm

Ibet: Newcastle struggling to cope with loss of Yohan Cabaye, Football

Ibet: Newcastle struggling to cope with loss of Yohan Cabaye

A difficult Premier League card over the weekend where it’s hard to be confident enough about anything to recommend a solid bet at odds on; and it’s perhaps better to look for some speculative value.

By | Football, Games, Notebook, Sport | Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 11:35 am

Distractions and attractions: all the stage is Prada, in Milan., Fashion

Distractions and attractions: all the stage is Prada, in Milan.

Miuccia Prada is currently fixated on the performative aspect of fashion. Her latest collection was titled simply “Act II”. Or maybe it wasn’t a title, but more a statement of fact. It linked it immediately to the menswear show she presented in January, implying the two are part of a continuum. The clothes links it too, as did the presence of male and female models. That was an element many criticised in her menswear show, complaining there were too many female models in too much of her womenswear pre-collection. If they didn’t say it in print, they certainly expressed it verbally. I wonder if any of that reached the top of that Carsten Höller slide where Miuccia Prada’s office sits? If so, I suspect it would only have inclined her to add more male looks to her ostensibly all-woman show.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 21 February 2014 at 9:10 am

Time for Manchester City to step up to the plate, Football

Time for Manchester City to step up to the plate

Manchester City’s game against Barcelona looks a real blockbuster and the home side does look to have a genuine chance of winning.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 7:32 pm

Thoughts on Meadham Kirchhoff, couture, and codes., Fashion

Thoughts on Meadham Kirchhoff, couture, and codes.

Edward Meadham once told me he was interested in codes. “The codes of dressing, these languages,” were the words he used. Then we went off on a tangent about Chanel. But that idea of “coding through clothes has stuck with me ever since, whenever looking at a Meadham Kirchhoff collection.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 at 10:36 pm

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