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Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month we had a two-point Labour lead.
This time we have repeated our Favourability Index, asking if people have a favourable or unfavourable view of six parties – Labour, Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dem, SNP and Greens – and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 10:49 am

Mother’s Day message from Rainbow Trust, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day message from Rainbow Trust

This Mother’s Day, children will be baking cakes and picking flowers for their mums. Mothers will be looking forward to being spoilt on their one day off in the year but for those mothers who have lost a child or have a child with a life threatening or a terminal illness, Mother’s Day will be no less heartbreaking than the next.

By | | Friday, 13 March 2015 at 5:32 pm

In Paris, food for thought at Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen and – maybe – Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Fashion

In Paris, food for thought at Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen and – maybe – Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

Prada’s Miu Miu label have commissioned an ongoing series of film shorts, titled “Women’s Tales”, by leading female filmmakers. The latest is by Alice Rohrwacher. It’s number 9. The intention, Miu Miu say, in the lavish literature that’s issued out with each, is to answer a few timeless questions. “How do women appear to themselves? How do they appear to each other? Isn’t appearance also a political and intellectual issue? How should a woman be today?”

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 12 March 2015 at 7:21 pm

Her Outdoors: Planting onions and sowing tender veg, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Planting onions and sowing tender veg

Temperatures were as high as 17C last Saturday, and – even though I was at work writing about the election TV debates – I thought of how the spring sunshine would be warming the soil on Plot 35a. When I got down there yesterday, there were signs that the warmth has, like a thermostat, clicked [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 10 March 2015 at 11:13 pm

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog, Arts

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog

March 2015: books we are excited about
Book-loving children and parents are in for a treat this spring with a plethora of gorgeous new picture books due to be published in March. The proofs that have got us particularly excited in the office this month are Alfie in the Bath by the hugely talented Debi Gliori [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 9 March 2015 at 4:56 pm

The Barking Blondes: Crufts 2015

As with any beauty pageant, this year’s Crufts had its dark side.

By | The Dog Blog | Monday, 9 March 2015 at 4:13 pm

Perceiving the new, in Paris, at Comme des Garçons, Nina Ricci, Chloe and Givenchy, Fashion

Perceiving the new, in Paris, at Comme des Garçons, Nina Ricci, Chloe and Givenchy

I thought of “The Dress” when I was watching Comme Des Garçons. Please don’t kill me, especially for the sort of viral, meme-y, pop culture moment reference I myself detest. But the social media furore over The Dress was around the viewer’s perception of the garment, and that’s always the case with Rei Kawakubo’s clothes. Her garments are often like Rorschach’s blots, both in their ambiguous, amorphous physicality, and in the fact they rely on the viewer to decipher their meaning.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 9 March 2015 at 2:42 pm

Cross-dressing and climate change, Game of Thrones and seventeenth-century underwear – an audience (sort of) with Dame Vivienne Westwood, Fashion

Cross-dressing and climate change, Game of Thrones and seventeenth-century underwear – an audience (sort of) with Dame Vivienne Westwood

At 73, Dame Vivienne Westwood is one of the most important fashion designers in the world. Born in Tintwistle and moving to London as a teenager, her work in the seventies with Malcolm McLaren influenced both the punk and New Romantic movements, shifting fashion and popular culture. Her designs under her own label, from 1984 onwards, proved equally influential across the sphere of fashion. Since the late 1980s, she has designed collections in partnership with Andreas Kronthaler, 48, who is creative director of the four labels currently produced by the Westwood company. Westwood and Kronthaler married in 1993. Her most recent work reflects her passion for ecological issues, fusing them with historical references.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 10:22 pm

Junya Watanabe and Balenciaga round it out, in Paris, Fashion

Junya Watanabe and Balenciaga round it out, in Paris

Context does a lot for fashion. I’m not just talking about the world outside the tent, or salon, or wherever designers have positioned their gilt chairs for this season, but about what other designers are showing in their salon/garage/specially-erected plexiglass cube (depends on budget). Of course, part of the dance of fashion is solipsism. Or maybe megalomania. It’s rare you see designers at each others’ shows: Tim Blanks and the team of style.com were trying to interview Joseph Altuzarra, attending the Balenciaga show designed by his friend Alexander Wang, but were constantly interrupted by well-wishers. Most said something along the lines of “I didn’t expect to see you here!”

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 12:57 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards 2015, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards 2015

Last night was the second Academy of British Cover Design awards, where Britain’s designers applaud what they see as the best work coming out of the country. Split into categories that sometimes overlap, and sometimes sit slightly awkwardly (Women’s fiction – really? Including the Folio Prize-shortlisted Miriam Toews), here are the shortlisted covers for each, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 6 March 2015 at 6:32 pm

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