Annalisa Barbieri

Aside from The Independent, Annalisa Barbieri writes for the Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, and the New Statesman. A former contributing editor of the Independent on Sunday and fishing correspondent of the Independent, she is also patron of Rights of Women

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Cleanse Tone Moisturise: The essence of Zing

After working out there's a battery of gels, sprays and oils to perk you up, says Annalisa Barbieri

Garment of earthly delight

Word association? Men: `breasts, bosoms, black, just another thing to get in the way, prostitute.' Women: `pink and pointy, expensive, uncomfortab le.' The bra is as much fantasy as a piece of clothing.

Big fish in a very big sea

It's hard enough to get the marlin to bite, but once hooked it won't give up without a fight.

Fine young cobbler

PEOPLE IN FASHION: Richard Wharton - the man who combined designer shoes with high-street prices, and is listed among Elle's top 100 designers - tells Annalisa Barbieri how proud he is of his latest street-smart offshoot

Fashion: COTTON DRESSED AS LAMB

June Brown, aka Eastenders' Dot, talks fashion with Annalisa Barbieri

Fashion: People in fashion - In love with de Lisi

If Debbie Lovejoy won't wear it, you won't find it in a Ben de Lisi collection. Annalisa Barbieri meets the muse of a great designer

Fashion: Haute Bohemia

OKAY, before you all bust a gut and write in saying you can get a velvet coat for 10p down your local Sue Ryder shop, wait! I fancied a change, and this week, with the new-look Real Life, seemed the ideal excuse to show fancy clothes that cost lots. This is also a chance to have a peek at forthcoming autumn/winter collections which are already (annoyingly when one wants to buy summer clothes) starting to come into stores. No matter how wonderfully clever high street shops are, nothing beats a designer garment that has the words luxury, posh and expensive stitched into every inch. Etro, whose patchwork velvet, embroidered coat is featured here, make some really wonderful clothes for those who like to look bohemian without roughing it; it's an excellent label for something a bit different. Velvet is a canny fabric, although it looks luxurious, there's no hardship involved in wearing it - it's so soft and easy. Finally, if you're planning on getting married and want to eschew the normal rubbish foisted on brides, make sure you have a gander at Dries van Noten and English Eccentrics, both of whom make dresses that would be fantastic alternative wedding outfits, precisely because they are not made for that purpose.

Joys of Modern Life: 9. Fishing Vests

"WHAT'S THAT?" everyone asks of the sheepskin patch, which does look a bit like a honey-coloured merkin but is actually for drying flies. This patch is located on the left-hand top half of my fishing waistcoat (FW) with lots of pockets (LOP). And there are, indeed, a great many pockets. They house fly-boxes holding hooks dressed for the disco in jungle cock, hare's ear and, perhaps, a smattering of glitter; spare fishing line; forceps for getting hooks out of fishes that you would like to get away; and lunch.

Angel eyes

Cleanse, tone, moisturize

Don't wrinkle wrinkle, little star

cleanse, tone and moisturize

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice