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Tracksuits and Trojan Horses: all hail Christopher Shannon’s GQ Fashion Fund win, Fashion

Tracksuits and Trojan Horses: all hail Christopher Shannon’s GQ Fashion Fund win

Last night, Christopher Shannon won the inaugural BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund – an injection of £150,000 cash with £50,000 in mentoring, the biggest prize in menswear. It’s the bloke’s counterpart to the Vogue Fashion Fund, a stamp of establishment prestige.

In layman’s terms, Christopher Shannon’s receipt of this award is the equivalent of Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory, or England winning the World Cup. Namely, the people’s choice. Lest that sound overtly populist, he’s also the critic’s choice. He’s liked and his collections are lauded.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 12:27 pm

Top 10 Best Rhymes in Songs, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Best Rhymes in Songs

The Top 10 in The Independent on Sunday magazine yesterday was Best Rhymes in Songs, a sequel to Top 10 Worst Rhymes last year.
As ever, there is a bit of over-matter to be added to the record here:
“Two old ladies sittin’ in the sand, each one wishin’ the other was a man.” Lonnie Donegan. Nominated [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 11:00 am

Narendra Modi now has to start delivering what India needs, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi now has to start delivering what India needs

Narendra Modi hasn’t put a foot wrong since he won a resounding victory in India’s general election on May 16, and was then sworn in as prime minister two weeks ago.  He invited South Asian (and Mauritius) leaders to the swearing in and had meetings with them all. Today he has met the visiting foreign minister [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 9 June 2014 at 7:29 pm

20 facts about Jean-Claude Juncker

David Cameron and Angela Merkel are in Sweden today talking about Jean-Claude Juncker. Merkel thinks that the  former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, who also has substantial support in the European Parliament, would be an ok EU President. David Cameron and some like-minded Scandinavians vehemently disagree, seeing him as one of the last believers [...]

By | McSmith | Monday, 9 June 2014 at 8:02 am

An interview with Ibiza’s inspirational DJ Alfredo, Arts

An interview with Ibiza’s inspirational DJ Alfredo

Alfredo moved to Ibiza from his native Argentina in the early eighties. Though the island was nowhere near as much of a clubbing hotspot as it is now, he became fascinated with DJing after picking up work at a bar – it wasn’t long before he’d become resident at Amnesia where he cultivated what became known as the ‘Balearic’ sound. He also inspired the UK’s acid house movement, after Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker (AKA the Ibiza Four) visited Amnesia in 1987 and attempted to replicate what they’d heard with their own London club nights. I was fortunate enough to be granted some time with Alfredo at the recent International Music Summit in Ibiza, here’s the result of our conversation…

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 5:45 pm

Blair is un-Blairite on free movement of EU workers, Eagle Eye

Blair is un-Blairite on free movement of EU workers

I agree with Ed Miliband and disagree with Tony Blair about Europe in my column for The Independent on Sunday today.
Here is a graph that shows the relative success of Miliband and Yvette Cooper’s approach to the question of immigration. YouGov regularly asks: “Which political party [do] you think would handle [asylum and immigration] best?” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 2:42 pm

George Clinton brings Funk to the new generation, Arts

George Clinton brings Funk to the new generation

Marcus Barnes interviews the original funketeer, Mr. George Clinton at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. This year the Parliament frontman and funk legend will be back in the public eye with a new album, a reality show and a book about his life all set for release.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 7 June 2014 at 9:37 am

Chris Galvin’s Cornish Mackerel Tartare with cucumber

Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin’s shares the first of three exclusive French recipes for the Independent. First up Cornish Mackerel Tartare with cucumber

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 5:57 pm

Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”, Arts

Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”

Hawk Eyes have been gathering momentum supporting a wide variety of the best rock acts in the world, including the likes of Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts, Alexisonfire, Jamie Lenman and System of a Down. Having enjoyed great underground success with their second album Ideas (a record full of them) and 2013’s short sharp burst of an EP, “That’s What This Is”, they tell Remfry Dedman how they’re now looking to expand their musical horizons.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 5:41 pm

Barking Blondes: Furkids and the Pope, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Furkids and the Pope

Can dogs replace children? And should they?

By | The Dog Blog | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 4:31 pm

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