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Still waters run deep: Prada bores, but intentionally so, Fashion

Still waters run deep: Prada bores, but intentionally so

Given that shows, by and large, have scaled back from the flashy theatrics and set pieces of past fashion spectaculars, the quarterly reinvention of the Prada show space on Via Foggazarro is hotly anticipated by the fashion world. That’s because everything Miuccia Prada does about, around, before and after a collection is rabidly unpicked, scoured for hidden meaning. This season, Rem Koolhaas’ AMO created a space reminiscent of either a grand ocean liner or a suburban leisure centre, with a suspiciously cobalt-blue pool shimmering bedside thick, chocolate-brown shag carpeting and around the central pillars that are the only constant (they’re supporting, presumably).

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 10:21 pm

Merkel’s Misjudgement, Eagle Eye

Merkel’s Misjudgement

I may have been too harsh on David Cameron in my column for The Independent on Sunday today. I said it did not bode well for his hopes of renegotiating British terms of EU membership that he had misjudged Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to be president of the European Commission.
Actually, though, it was Angela Merkel who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 7:26 pm

In Milan, shallow waters, designer islands, and the world of Donatella Versace, Fashion

In Milan, shallow waters, designer islands, and the world of Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace wanted her show to be a celebration of the Versace World. Sounds like a grand statement, but you got it. Versace’s Cuban-tinged collezioni not only felt like a distinct entity from Dolce and Gabbana’s Caprice Espagnole, Neil Barrett’s slick sportswear tinged with Roman classicism, or Stefano Pilati’s serene Ermenegildo Zegna show: it felt a world apart, as did they.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 10:46 am

Her Outdoors: Where there is despair, let there be blueberries, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Where there is despair, let there be blueberries

My Dad, who is also an allotmenteer, said to me the other week: “The thing is about plants, they want to live.” I had been staring downcast at my asparagus beds, in their first season, where nothing was growing. It was the end of May, a time when asparagus – even in the first season [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 7:34 pm

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

Barking Blondes: Lost dogs, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Lost dogs

the thought of loosing a dog is one that terrifies all dog owners – what what happens when a fear becomes a reality?

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 8:00 am

The (pre-)spring in JW Anderson’s leap to Loewe, Fashion

The (pre-)spring in JW Anderson’s leap to Loewe

JW Anderson’s pre-collections always bear further examination. That’s because he puts so much into them, these interim collections that have often been confined to pure commerce but which have recently expanded into fully-fledged designer statements. he puts a lot in, and reaps the rewards.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 11:19 pm

Chris Galvin’s Pissaladiere with anchovies and provencale olives, Dish of the Day

Chris Galvin’s Pissaladiere with anchovies and provencale olives

Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin’s shares the final of three exclusive French recipes for the Independent with his Pissaladiere with anchovies and provencale olives

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 2:00 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Tomatoes, Goats Cheese and Herb Salad, Uncategorized

The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Tomatoes, Goats Cheese and Herb Salad

Recipes don’t get simpler than this one so as soon as the sun comes out and you feel like pretending you’re somewhere Mediterranean get cooking this. It’s perfect just as it is or as an accompaniment to a large serving of pasta.

By | | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 12:45 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 (What a Carve Up, by Jonathan Coe, and The Outsiders, By S.E. Hinton), Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 (What a Carve Up, by Jonathan Coe, and The Outsiders, By S.E. Hinton)

This is the second year I’ve covered the Penguin Design Awards (now, of course, the Penguin Random House Design Awards), in which design students are asked to come up with covers for one adult and/or one children’s book in the Penguin and Puffin ranges – in this case Jonathan Coe’s 1980s social satire, and SE [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 11:57 am

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