Harriet Walker

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

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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.

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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.

Harriet Walker: The high street is a grounded constant amid the catwalk carry-on

The 10 Best nourishing beauty buys

Indulge in some all-over rehydration with products providing TLC from the top of your head to the tips of your toes

Porn producers are threatening to quit filming in Los Angeles after voters approved a measure requiring adult-movie actors to wear condoms

Pornography is corrupting our youth, and good on Diane Abbott for having the guts to say so

If Mary Whitehouse was shocked by rock’n’roll, how might she react to a recent spate of teenagers who filmed themselves on mobile phones, while raping their classmates?

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Court up in the power pump

As the spectre of the stacked platform recedes, something altogether more ladylike take its place. Harriet Walker reports on spring's new shoe silhouette

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How much?! The rise of the £6k dress

Most of us are scrimping hard, but one of spring’s biggest trends is a hefty price tag

Harriet Walker: Kane’s French windfall is great news for British fashion

There has always been something of an entente sartoriale between the French and the British. We’ve been sending our best over there ever since the 19th century, when Charles Frederick Worth, the father of haute couture, moved from Lincolnshire to Paris.

Harriet Walker: Moving house is a Sisyphean task

Most people start the New Year feeling bilious and over-full. Not me: I've kicked it all off rather emptily. I mean that literally rather than existentially, because I've just moved house and I have no furniture.

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