Alexander Fury

Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent.

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Style file: Vogue male models

We’re used to the shifting ideals of the female body shape, but now it seems the male model’s physique can be as varied as the clothes he wears. Alexander Fury looks at the changing male aesthetic

Charles James ball gowns, photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1948

The greatest ball gowns ever made: New York Met is honouring designer Charles James

James is the most influential designer you’ve never heard of – uncredited creator of the puffer jacket, and inspiration for everyone from Christian Dior to Rick Owens
Nick Knight shot female bodybuilders for ‘V Magazine

Older models on the runway - are we in the midst of a fashion revolution or a flash in the pan?

With models aged seven to 70 taking to the catwalk and retouching being flushed out of magazines, contemporary fashion is applauding the normal and natural.

Charles James is the lost genius who shall finally go to the ball as a new exhibition celebrating his work opens

A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” will be opening tonight

From left to right: backless: Scarlett Johansson; thigh high: Angelina Jolie; arms akimbo: Kylie Minogue; twerk out: Miley Cyrus

A celebrity appearance on the red carpet is all about branding and making money - courtesy of some ridiculous posing

As the Met Ball approaches, Alexander Fury explains the logic behind the kookiest contortions
Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 2006

Alexander McQueen coming home to the V&A museum with critically acclaimed 'Savage Beauty' exhibition

The retrospective of the work of the late British fashion designer ran at New York’s Met in 2011

On the dogwalk: a poodle on the runway during a Mulberry show in London

Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

The duo behind Asos and Achica have launched a new venture, AstarPets.com, offering haute couture to help make furry companions fashionable. Cat Kidston or Vivienne Westie, anyone?

Lana Del Rey, Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne each carry their signature bag

Mulberry: To hell in a handbag

British label Mulberry once cornered the middle market in desirable bags. But its decision to go for the super-rich has backfired in dramatic fashion

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam