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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 Her most recent work reflects her passion for ecological issues, fusing them with historical references.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

Indian government tries to block revealing BBC rape film, Battle of Ideas

Indian government tries to block revealing BBC rape film

The Indian government is adept at shooting itself in the foot, especially on social issues. In the past three days, it has done this spectacularly by trying – and failing – to impose an international ban on an hour-long film, India’s Daughter, about an horrific and fatal rape that shocked the world when it took place on [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 5 March 2015 at 5:25 pm

Her Outdoors: Winter into spring, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Winter into spring

My daughter reckons March is called as such because “you spend the whole month marching” and when it comes to the allotment I think she’s right: after the steady pace of winter, suddenly spring is upon us and it gets really busy. Once soil temperatures rise to the magic 7 degrees C you can sow [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 7:28 pm

There’s nothing left-wing about a higher inflation target, Chunomics

There’s nothing left-wing about a higher inflation target

There’s nothing especially political about it. It’s a hard-nosed calculation that weighs up the costs of higher average inflation on the one hand, against the benefits of more stable inflation and real activity on the other.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 1:53 pm

Barking Blondes: Let’s celebrate all “brindle staffies”!, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Let’s celebrate all “brindle staffies”!

Interesting to see posters across London promoting the advantages of owning a staffordshire bull terrier.  Images of gentle looking staffies adorn the walls of bus shelters with the words “They are softer than you think”
Battersea Cat and Dogs Home launched the campaign and maybe its due to the amount of staffies found in this country’s [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 8:52 am

Zac Posen reviving Charles James: too close a fit, perhaps leaves little room for growth, Fashion

Zac Posen reviving Charles James: too close a fit, perhaps leaves little room for growth

So Zac Posen – largely known as purveyor of expansive, expensive ballgowns – is reputed to be helming Harvey Weinstein’s revival of the Charles James label – largely known for its expansive, expensive ball gowns. The perfect fit, right? Well, certainly a close fit. There’s a synchronicity between Posen’s output and that of James that has frequently been highlighted. He was the obvious choice to discuss the designer around the Metropolitan Museum show “Beyond Fashion.” He did so at the Met itself, with exhibition co-curator Jan Glier Reeder, as well as in an avalanche of articles (including one for me). He’s also the obvious choice to revive the label. Doesn’t mean he’s the best choice, though.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at 2:43 pm

“Viva la Mamma.” Every day is mother’s day, for Dolce and Gabbana, Fashion

“Viva la Mamma.” Every day is mother’s day, for Dolce and Gabbana

It isn’t Mothering Sunday until May in Italy – at least, not officially. But Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana care naught for that kind of stuff. The Sunday of every Milanese womenswear week is traditionally Dolce day, but this time they made it mother’s day, too. “Viva La Mamma” they called their show – in English, it translates oddly to “Hurray for Mum” – less Italian romance, more the post-war jolly hockey sticks Enid Blyton school of British children’s literature.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 1 March 2015 at 3:36 pm

India’s Budget wins on the economy but is weak on inspiration, The Foreign Desk

India’s Budget wins on the economy but is weak on inspiration

Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, had three main tasks in his budget speech that he delivered on Saturday, the traditional February 28 date. One was to manage the government finances, reduce spending deficits, and curb inflation. The second was to boost infrastructure, private sector investment and growth, and introduce other reforms.
The third, and politically the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 1 March 2015 at 2:53 pm

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