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London Collections: Men – Machismo, mauve, muddles and messiness, from Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Sibling and James Long, Fashion

London Collections: Men – Machismo, mauve, muddles and messiness, from Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Sibling and James Long

There could be few more opposing statements on contemporary menswear than those proposed by JW Anderson and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton on the third day of London Collections: Men. The former focussed on the floppy, the fey, the snake-hipped gender-blending 1970s; the latter on curled-lip, swagger-shouldered military machismo, last seen circa 1870 when Britannia still rules the waves, and the world. Their men were sufficiently removed from each other to seem to come not merely from different wardrobes, but different species.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 11:05 pm

Barking Blondes: Hair of the Dog, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Hair of the Dog

Retailers are constantly in pursuit of THE gadget that will successfully remove dog hair from clothes and furniture. Cleaning up pet fur is big business for the hound pound and choices range from special suction attachments for the domestic vacuum to mittens coated in Velcro!
Living with a dog means letting go of some of those [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 7:25 pm

Footnote on TV debates, Eagle Eye

Footnote on TV debates

Further to my article about the TV debates in today’s Independent on Sunday, there is one possibility I didn’t have space to discuss. This is the much-canvassed “empty chair” tactic, which is that the broadcasters should threaten to go ahead with the debates leaving an empty chair for David Cameron. Either to put pressure on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 3:24 pm

London Collections: Men – economy, and ideas, from Topman Design, Coach and Christopher Shannon, Fashion

London Collections: Men – economy, and ideas, from Topman Design, Coach and Christopher Shannon

It felt like groundhog day as you took your seat in the Topman venue in London’s High Holborn – where the high street behemoth and the various designers it supports has shown since London Collections: Men first launched in 2012 – and watched the boys go wandering by. Not just because of that déjà venue, nor the clothes, which for autumn/winter 2015 were standard seventies-via-nineties-via-last-season stuff jazzed up with psychedelic prints and a heinous passage of tartan. But because, well, we weren’t here all that long ago.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 10 January 2015 at 1:21 am

George Osborne’s £63bn borrowing blowout?, Chunomics

George Osborne’s £63bn borrowing blowout?

What if the surplus was only 0.7% of GDP, rather than 1%, as the Tories’ rhetoric now seems to suggest? A simple extrapolation, using the Treasury’s calculations, suggests public debt would be £63bn higher in 2035-36.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 9 January 2015 at 1:12 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Asian Style Superfood Salad, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Asian Style Superfood Salad

This dish is for when you need something big on flavour that’s packed full of greens and has a bit of spice. If you’re starting the year on a health kick but don’t want to miss out on a good hearty meal then this is a great lunch or dinner option.

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 9 January 2015 at 11:22 am

Adopting in Tanzania – Love transcends law, Notebook

Adopting in Tanzania – Love transcends law

The small boy I found under a mango tree that day is, finally, legally my son. After wrangling with every conceivable authority here in Tanzania for seven years in an epic battle because my adoption case was incorrectly declared illegal, I hereby announce that in this case, love transcends law after all. The boy and I are inseparable; legally and otherwise.

By | Notebook | Friday, 9 January 2015 at 10:48 am

India’s Seven Sisters – so near and yet so far

“Are you going on to India?” I found myself asking two Swiss tourists whom I met over New Year in India’s north-eastern state of Assam. I could try to justify the question by explaining that they had been talking about going next to the nearby countries of Bhutan and Nepal, but that wasn’t what was [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 7 January 2015 at 10:13 am

Her Outdoors: 12th Night, 3 ways with a Christmas tree, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: 12th Night, 3 ways with a Christmas tree

I normally cannot wait to take down our Christmas tree after the big day itself. Along with all the clutter of wrapping paper, leftover food and empty wine bottles I just want to get rid of it once its purpose is served. By early January after two or three weeks in a centrally heated sitting [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 6 January 2015 at 9:45 am

Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon – a runner’s tale, Notebook

Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon – a runner’s tale

There are worse New Year’s resolutions to make than deciding to take up running. It was in January 1999 and my very first run, if you discount ten minutes, pounding a treadmill in an air conditioned gym, was in London. I drove to a park with a friend who was an experienced runner and kindly [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 5:06 pm

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