Harriet Walker

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

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Designer Olympia le Tan's literary luggage is an A-list favourite

Olympia le-Tan and the world's coolest book club

Designer Olympia le-Tan's literary luggage is an A-list favourite – she tells Harriet Walker about her new collaboration with Lancôme

Stop complaining about hospital 'service'. NHS Nurses aren't waitresses

How dare we subject what little we have left of Britain's utopian vision to the same complaint culture that we would a day-trip that didn’t live up to our expectations?

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High-street heroes

Whistles has a new flagship store and a show at London Fashion Week next Sunday. Harriet Walker finds out how the brand became a household name

Behind the scenes at Stockholm Fashion Week

Stockholm Fashion Week: Swedish style

The Local Firm, at Stockholm Fashion Week

Stockholm Fashion Week: is Swedish style having its own Ikea moment?

Harriet Walker goes to find out

Barbra Streisand's sheer Arnold Scaasi tunic and trousers became almost transparent under stage lights

Fashion statement: red carpet rules the roost, but real life can intervene

Once the red-carpet season gets underway, we become used to seeing the stars all dolled up, as if that's what they look like when they eat breakfast or pop out to the shops.

I simply love being in transit

It isn't the destination, it's the journey that counts. Homilies such as this exist, at least as far as I understand it, to neutralise the crushing sense of soul implosion when something you've been looking forward to for aeons either fails to occur, or is just a bit crap when it finally does.

Hat trick: How milliner to the stars Philip Treacy gets ahead

His extraordinary creations have adorned everyone from Lady Gaga to the Duchess of Cornwall… How did one man change our minds on headgear? Harriet Walker meets Philip Treacy, the monarch of millinery.

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label a/w13

Hard as nails

The trend for daring talons is clawing out an extreme new niche. And it's putting all sorts of unusual effects to use, says Harriet Walker

Jennifer Lawrence suffers a wardrobe malfunction as she takes to the stage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Video: Jennifer Lawrence suffers wardrobe malfunction

It should have been the most illustrious moment in her blossoming career so far, but when The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence stood to collect her award at Sunday night’s SAG awards, it wasn’t just her stage presence she showed off.

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