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How to wear the key catwalk trends – from beige to boilersuits

Biscuit beige (pictured top) There is a danger in over-contextualising fashion. Short skirts? Must be the economy. Pink? Yep, seventh-wave feminism. That said, it is calming wrapping yourself in a bland colour when the country is in political turmoil, and ...

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‘It connects first ladies with rap stars’: why the white trainer defined the decade

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You own the It shoe of this decade already, even if you don’t know it. I’m not talking about the fur-lined backless Gucci loafer that nearly broke the internet in 2015. Nor do I mean the girls-night-out vibes of the ...

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What not to wear if you are a man over 50

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Speaking from personal experience, 2017 was a challenging year. It was bookended by two major events that would change my world for ever. In January I turned 50 (for those who have yet to hit the half-century milestone, let me ...

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School’s out: how headbands leapt from classroom to catwalk

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There aren’t many school-uniform items that graduate into adult wardrobes, but this season the humble headband has made the grade. Long associated with boarding schools and Sloane rangers, the one-piece accessory is in the midst of a renaissance thanks to ...

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Julie Walters: ‘As soon as I saw it, I thought, oh my God, that looks gorgeous’

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My style has changed over the years. I used to feel shy at red-carpet events – the fact that everybody’s looking at you and your outfit is commented on. I’d wear a tuxedo or something you couldn’t argue with, and ...

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Boilersuits: liberated, louche and as subversive as ever

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Any survivor of the 1970s will sigh at the 2019 reinvention of the boilersuit. This is no mere fashion statement, they will tell you. It is a political-gender-retro act of resistance: beyond sex and utility, ultimately fluid, an emblem of ...

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From fishermen to ravers: why we can’t kick the bucket hat

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Once you start looking for bucket hats, they are everywhere. In just a week, I see them on public transport. On Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin’s Instagram account. In JW Anderson’s Uniqlo collaboration. In the Teddy Pendergrass documentary. In a Kader ...

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Fashion people eat? The rise of edible merchandise

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The myth that the fashion crowd don’t eat has long been dispelled. But they do, increasingly, eat fashionably. Next month, Prada will bring its historic Marchesi 1824 bakery to London, complete with a pastry counter and cafe. The Mount Street ...

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The best eye shadows | Sali Hughes

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It’s nearly as rare as the UK winning Eurovision, but sometimes I leave home without my makeup bag. No great hindrance to most, of course, but a minor disaster for me as someone who invariably leaves the house bare faced ...

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Look pretty in pink, but add some depth

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Paul Costelloe proved pink eye doesn’t always mean tired eyes. Also, the catwalk was awash with it – and it was a hit. The trick is to vary the depth and texture. For lips, a berry pink is universally wearable. ...

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