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Liz Kendall’s speech at Reuters, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall’s speech at Reuters

Here is the text of Liz Kendall’s speech, “Responsibility and Reform”, delivered at Reuters this morning. (Photo: George Eaton.)
Today I’m here to talk about how Labour restores its economic credibility. How we become the responsible government this country needs – and the reforming government it deserves.
In today’s interdependent world much of our prosperity depends on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 10:57 am

Couture, Kardashians and touching leather: Hermes and Givenchy, in Paris, Fashion

Couture, Kardashians and touching leather: Hermes and Givenchy, in Paris

It’s fascinating that two of the most successful houses in contemporary men’s luxury are, possible, two of the most opposing: Givenchy and Hermes. There are similarities: neither are eager to change much, sticking to their established formulas and turning out collections that tick boxes, please the punters and rake in new devotees. But the latter has pitched itself as the epitome of luxury, appealing to a market so niche it’s barely a nick in the bedpost of modern menswear; whereas the former has the rag-bag quality of the mass. It’s like comparing a glass of Chateau d’Yquem 1789 to a glug from a bottle of the popular (and populist) British sparkling perry brand Lambrini. They’re different beasts, they appeal to different customers, but in the end they both just get you drunk.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 27 June 2015 at 11:41 pm

In Paris, teenage kicks from Raf Simons and Rick Owens, Fashion

In Paris, teenage kicks from Raf Simons and Rick Owens

Raf Simons is often eerily prescient. He couldn’t have known that truculent protestors would derail half the British press travelling to Paris on the day of his spring/summer 2016 show, by setting a fire at the French mouth of the Eurostar tunnel. Yet somehow, it fits. Simons clothes are about unrest. I don’t mean they’re physically uncomfortable, but they do have a sense of unease about them, even if its just in the watching. For spring, trousers swamped skinny legs with excess fabric, bodies were smothered in oversized coats peppered with buckshots of eyelets, and faces all but concealed by hoods tugged tight, pulled all the way down, in the fashion banned by many suburban shopping centres to avoid anti-social behaviour.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 26 June 2015 at 1:07 am

London Collections Men Spring/Summer 2016: Cash, confidence, and a plaintive S.O.S., Fashion

London Collections Men Spring/Summer 2016: Cash, confidence, and a plaintive S.O.S.

There’s still an odd, lingering Anglo Saxon puritanism, in Britain, where menswear is concerned. I couldn’t help but also notice the gangly unease with which the models in Topman Unique – the opening show of the four day London Collections Men calendar – gamboled down the catwalk, sinewy legs drowned in wide baggy trousers or sticking out of painfully abbreviated running shorts. They seemed a bit reticent, embarrassed even – which is sometimes the case with the menswear shows as a whole, lacking the confident swagger of the Milanese collections, for instance, which are set to begin on Saturday.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 15 June 2015 at 10:47 pm

Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’, Arts

Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’

In February 2011 after 12 years, 4 albums and 3 EPs, experimental progressive cult rockers Oceansize split up. Now, after 4 years, frontman Mike Vennart is back with a solo venture, simply titled Vennart and an album, The Demon Joke. The album is available to stream with The Independent a week before its official label [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 15 June 2015 at 11:00 am

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette

I have recently rediscovered one of my favourite films from childhood, Jean de Florette. It is one of the greatest-ever in the French language. Directed by Claude Berri, from the original Marcel Pagnol film and novel, about Provencal farmers and a tussle over land and water. A peasant farmer who wants to grow carnations has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 14 June 2015 at 10:35 pm

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant, Arts

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant

Auction houses need to find something special to galvanise the hesitant Indian modern art market and make their sales a success, and that is what both Christie’s and Bonhams have succeeded in doing at their annual June sales in London this week. Christie’s hit a winner on June 10 with a large historic work by [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 5:56 pm

Tony Blair and Michael Barber at the Strand Group, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair and Michael Barber at the Strand Group

Tony Blair came to the Strand Group at King’s College, London, my new academic home, yesterday, as the respondent for a talk by Michael Barber on his new book, How to Run a Government So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy.
The video is here and the transcript is below.
Michael Barber started by talking [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 8:09 am

Her Outdoors: Rocket Boost, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Rocket Boost

I found myself down at Plot 35a this week at 10pm, with just enough light left to see what I was watering. My plot neighbour was also there, catching up on some weeding. We chatted about how the June evenings give us the gift of allotment time, which is just as well as we are [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 4:13 pm

The super rich get richer – even after tax, Chunomics

The super rich get richer – even after tax

I said that, sadly, Sir Anthony hasn’t produced post-tax estimates of the income share of those within the top 1 per cent. Happily, I was wrong on that point.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 2:55 pm

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