Harriet Walker

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

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Rihanna launches her River Island collection

Rihanna puts her clothes on: Star launches River Island collaboration, timed for London Fashion Week

Given superstar Rihanna's habit of not wearing much in the way of clothing, she might not seem the most obvious fashion designer.

Small and perfectly formed: Nicoll and de la Baume are a fashion marriage made in heaven

Richard Nicoll designs the clothes, 'tiny but curvy' Josephine de la Baume wears them.

Fashion statement: Think pink

The hue that's gone from safe to statement

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?

Bomber jacket £155, jogger trousers £125, pouch bag £65 Whistles, 30 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NB, 0207 629 7437, whistles.co.uk

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.

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