Harriet Walker

Harriet Walker is a fashion writer and columnist for The Independent.

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Cartoonish and cool: The £135 high-heeled Hunter

Hunter wellington boots are reaching new heights thanks to a serious heel

As spotted on the feet of Alexa Chung, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding, the rubber Chelsea boot style makes its way to the high street this autumn

Barack Obama and Joe Biden putt on the White House putting green

Leaders like Obama can't be workaholics as well as family men

Don’t play golf! Do take the ice-bucket challenge! We really do ask the impossible

Shooting from the hip: the ‘True Detective’ star was quick to defend his use of the bumbag

Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs

Harriet Walker: I thought the chintz pattern on the sofa was an elephant trying to have a conversation with me

Writing this through a murky, slightly damp haze of being Really Quite Ill, I realise what inherently social animals we are. Even as we submerge our consciousnesses in social media, as we engineer our every living detail to our own digital specifications and do away with the need for company, we crave contact more than ever; we can't exist without the importance bestowed by someone who spends time with us despite our flaws.

Harriet Walker: Eventually you have a whole table of people watching something on a phone

Have you seen the YouTube clip of the sneezing baby panda? Or the otters holding hands? Or the baby who convulses with giggles as his father rips up the rejection letter that has come in the post?

By design: L’Wren Scott lived off her own name

L'Wren Scott: How the media views women

The fashion designer L'Wren Scott was so much more than just 'Mick Jagger's girlfriend'. But you wouldn't know it from reading reports about her death, says Harriet Walker

By design: L’Wren Scott lived off her own name

L'Wren Scott lived off her own name - don't let it be subsumed into Jagger's

The detail of Scott's extraordinary life was presented as secondary information

Harriet Walker: Karl Lagerfeld's Kash-and-Karry at Chanel's Paris show brought out the worst in fashion magpies

The world is full of contradictions: jolie laide, the sublime and the ridiculous, Tony Blair. But last week I witnessed one of the most staggering. A contrast of primordial proportions. As if you had stood Bill Gates next to a monkey: you could see the similarities, the shared root; but beyond hairline, there was little in common.

Harriet Walker: Someone saw a dapper fellow from US Vogue nipping to Greggs to buy a pasty

It's that time of year again when I say goodbye to my friends, family, social life and duvet, and join the circus circuit of international fashion for a month.

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'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
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam