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Paris Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015: Studious design lessons from Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Loewe, Thom Browne, Hermes, Fashion

Paris Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015: Studious design lessons from Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Loewe, Thom Browne, Hermes

Perhaps it’s all the uniforms cropping up all over the place, or maybe it was Raf Simons’ opening gambit, glorifying his own university years on Wednesday evening, but there’s been a back-to-school feeling at the Paris menswear shows. Many editors share said feeling – bleary-eyed and pale under recently-acquired holiday tans, with shell-shocked expression as they launched into a fully-fledged fashion month barely a week into the new year. Amongst designers, generally, there’s a studious earnestness, to see ideas through, to cross t’s and dot i’s. But, alas, there hasn’t been much deep and meaningful.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 25 January 2015 at 10:23 pm

Second-Guessing Chilcot, Eagle Eye

Second-Guessing Chilcot

The Independent today publishes an eight-page pull-out called The Iraq Report by my good colleague Andy McSmith, which is billed as an attempt to tell the story that the Chilcot report will tell when it is eventually published.
It is conveniently shorter than the actual Chilcot report, which is a million words with a large number [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 6:34 pm

Election Predictions, Eagle Eye

Election Predictions

The Independent on Sunday last weekend published the results of Iain Dale’s seat-by-seat assessment of likely outcomes at the general election.
Two weekends before, we published a Poll of Pollsters, aggregating the predictions, where they were prepared to make them, of the 10 bosses of the active polling companies in Great Britain.
The weekend before that, I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 12:23 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Super Cleansing Brown Rice Miso Broth with Courgette, Smoked Tofu, Spring Onion and Black Beans, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Super Cleansing Brown Rice Miso Broth with Courgette, Smoked Tofu, Spring Onion and Black Beans

This is a deliciously cleansing, light broth packed full of crisp greens, smoked tofu, fresh herbs and black beans. The beans add a little sustenance to the dish to keep hunger at bay. If you’re a spice lover like me then this is the perfect dish to add a load of fresh chillis or your favourite chilli sauce to.

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 23 January 2015 at 1:31 pm

Only anarchists are pretty at Raf Simons, gilded youth at Valentino, Fashion

Only anarchists are pretty at Raf Simons, gilded youth at Valentino

Rules are made to be broken. That’s what we’re all taught in our school days. Well, not so much taught, but you pick it up along the way. Raf Simons certainly has. For his autumn/winter 2015 collection, on the first day of Paris’ men’s shows, he once again latched onto youth, his eternal inspiration. Only this season, like the last, felt like it was Simons’ own misbegotten ways. And, in tune with the season as a whole, that necessitated a trip to the archive, and a flick through the garments that defined his aesthetic.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 10:54 am

Jape’s Seance of Light, Music

Jape’s Seance of Light

Swedish band Jape called upon Dubliners Dave Rudden and Dave Tyan to give the video for their new track, Seance of Light, a psychedelic kick.

By | Music | Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 8:33 am

Prada, Versace Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci – it’s a famiglia affair, in Milan, Fashion

Prada, Versace Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci – it’s a famiglia affair, in Milan

Family is a big deal in Italian fashion. When Donatella Versace, for instance, talks about the Versace DNA, I don’t roll my eyes quite as audibly as I do with other designers. I once asked her what the name “Versace” represented to her. “As a label, or as my family?” was her reply.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 4:02 pm

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results, The Foreign Desk

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results

Delhi’s international airport was closed for two hours yesterday morning because President Obama is visiting India. He’s wasn’t however in the country and is not arriving for another four days, but everything is being rehearsed down to the finest detail, even closing the airspace around the capital.
That is partly because of intense and almost suffocating [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 11:06 am

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream, Music

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream

Toundra, a four piece post-rock outfit from Madrid, are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, numerically and pleasingly titled IV. The album is available exclusively to stream below via The Independent.
IV tells the story of two foxes that need to escape from the forest where they live as a huge fire ravages [...]

By | Music | Monday, 19 January 2015 at 11:00 am

Her Outdoors: Winter health check, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Winter health check

It’s been snowing in many parts of the UK this weekend… just not in London. Nearly two years without a single snowflake in the capital. My daughter, now four and a half, cannot remember what snow looks like. While I really want her to build a snowman, the upside of the snow-no-show is that I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 8:37 pm

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