Harriet Walker

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

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Dynamic duo: the designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

Kenzo: it takes two to make a brand go right

Carol Lim and Humberto Lean have breathed bright, beautiful new life into a classic label. Harriet Walker meets them

Harriet Walker: Missing people is a lucrative industry

It's a rare feeling nowadays actually to miss someone. How can you, when the world is so hyper-engaged and perennially in touch? How can you ever really feel the absence of a person when they're there in your phone, a photo message away, or tweeting their exact movements? Looking at their Facebook profile makes up for not looking at their face; their eyes meet yours over Google searches, if not the breakfast table.

'Simple design is always complicated': How Tomas Maier made Bottega Veneta a luxury-goods powerhouse

Italian label Bottega Veneta has something of a split personality. In its home city of Milan, there are two major outposts – one in the shopping mecca and luxury goods Valhalla of Montenapoleone, alongside the likes of Armani and Louis Vuitton, and one on the Piazza del Duomo, home to the vast and bombastic, neo-gothic monolith for which the city is famed.

Harriet Walker: Why I don’t like to let go of anything

I have never been very good at letting go. I hoard emotions and belongings like a squirrel facing polar night. I consign dates and events to eternal memory. I etch them on my heart, and use them the way you do a counter in snakes and ladders; I never let anything go.

Artwalk: Peter Jensen, The Hepworth, Wakefield

From sculptor's studio to catwalk collection

Danish designer Peter Jensen finds his inspiration in the most unusual places. Each season he presents a muse for his collections – so far, as diverse a bunch as Jodie Foster, Cindy Sherman, disgraced ice-skater Tonya Harding and even his own Auntie Jytte. But for spring 2013 Jensen pays tribute to Barbara Hepworth, grande dame of British sculpture and friend of Picasso, Brancusi and Mondrian, in geometric circle prints and dulled navy mixed with chartreuse. Her artist's smock is reworked as a dress in simply but luxurious white georgette, while wide-brimmed hats by East London milliners Bernstock Speirs recall Möbius strips in their cutaway angles – a signature of Hepworth's work.

Ripping yarns: behind-the-scenes shooting for the & Other Stories Lookbook

H&M & Other Stories: A new chapter for the British high street

Here comes the latest launch from Swedish giants H&M. Expect everything from skincare to skimpies

Five years ago, Posh Spice (pictured) was taking LA by storm in a sexy bandage dress

Fashion statement: Live-streamed shows, blogs, Posh Spice: a lot has changed in five years

Things change quickly in fashion. Recurring trends come round without warning; they are a way of telling the time. (Like florals for spring: don't forget to look yours out now the sun is shining.) Faddish fixes stage fly-by-night coups – witness this season's neon beanie, which burnt so bright at fashion week it practically set itself on fire.

Rihanna's capsule collection for River Island

Ri-ri for River Island: how much does Rihanna's capsule collection reflect her personal style? (what, no brolly?)

Rihanna isn’t the first musical hipster to go from dog’s dinner to fashion plate, but just how accurately does her new collection for River Island reflect her own personal style?

When it comes to new rules, just stick with the old ones

Fashion statement: when it comes to new rules, just stick with the old ones

The shows taking place in Paris at the moment are exercises in idealism, showcasing each designer's dream woman, head to toe in looks made for her, and styled just so according to that creative vision.

Malene Birger is one of Denmark’s (other) greatest exports – and she’s celebrating 10 years in the business

iStyle: The designer is making a killing

Malene Birger is one of Denmark’s (other) greatest exports – and she’s celebrating 10 years in the business. By Harriet Walker

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