Harriet Walker

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

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Oscars style: Carolina Herrera reveals the secrets of the perfect red-carpet ensemble

Herrera has become almost as synonymous with the Academy Awards as a weepy acceptance speech.

Digging trenchcoats: What makes Burberry our boldest brand?

Burberry is Britain's most stratospheric fashion success. Harriet Walker studies the elements - marrying tradition with innovation - that make it such a good powerhouse.

The Rennard allegations pose a question: What do you do when your boss touches your bottom?

It's more than a simple question of etiquette, and yet the Jeremy Irons advocated hardline seems idealistic in the modern workplace

Christopher Kane autumn/winter 2013 show during London Fashion Week

Brains and beauty on display in a sumptuous showing from Christopher Kane

"The brain works in mysterious ways," Christopher Kane said after his London Fashion Week show today: "Things just came to me."

TOPSHOP UNIQUE AW13

Topshop Unique autumn/winter 2013

Video: Orla Kiely's typing pool presentation for London Fashion Week

Print designer Orla Kiely's presentation at London Fashion Week was more of an installation - a typing pool of stylish stenographers went about their imagined duties in nostalgic knits and demure, Fifties-inspired separates.

Michael Polish, Kate Bosworth, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction and Eleanor Calder attend the Topshop Unique show at the Tate Modern

Front-row eyes for a high-street bargain

Topshop and Whistles show London Fashion Week reaching out to bigger audiences

Jerome Dreyfuss is the toast of French fashion

Jerome Dreyfuss: bags of simple Gallic chic

Designer Jerome Dreyfuss is the toast of French fashion for his understated leather goods and accessories. Now he's launched a range for men, he tells Harriet Walker

Harriet Walker: our London labels mix initiative with idiosyncrasy

Fashion statement: Our London labels mix initiative with idiosyncrasy

By this point of the international collections, at least two early-doors autumn 2013 trends will have been called.

Harriet Walker: The Avocado app knows if you're faking

I found out recently – that is, somebody told me and I believed them but haven't yet checked the veracity of the statement, either on Google or with my friend who knows about stuff like this – that avocados grow in pairs. And not only do the trees like to hang out next to one another, their fruit develops à deux too. This is one helluva lovey-dovey piece of flora.

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