Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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Jigsaw x Iain R Webb Invitation Stricty Personal book launch 17th Feb 2015

Golden Tickets: How a fashion show invitation can be a thing of beauty in its own right

Invitation Strictly Personal is laid out in the uniform manner of a catalogue, and indeed much of the contents could be viewed as works of art

The 5 best new foundations

It's easy to get in a make-up rut, and foundation is something most people tend to purchase on autopilot – reaching for the same shade and formulation over and over again. I know I'm guilty of it myself.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus sang at the show

Anya Hindmarch's road show an entrancing ode to M25

The accessories designer has a reputation for putting on a jolly good show, and this was no exception

Dame Vivienne Westwood with her models on the catwalk

Vivienne Westwood goes green and puts politics back into fashion

'Vote Green' admonished the invite to today’s show in London’s Science Museum, urging a change from capitalism to a green economy

The handiwork of Faustine Steinmetz, Claire Barrow and Phoebe English, as illustrated by Laura Quick

Three young designers are turning centuries of handmade tradition on their head

Faustine Steinmetz, Claire Barrow and Phoebe English are stretching the boundaries of what can be achieved by hand and redefining ideals of luxury - all while maintaining an appealingly raw edge

Gareth Pugh interview: The fashion designer credits his creativity to hard graft, collaboration - and refusing to become a brand

The Sunderland-born designer's work is some of the most powerful and empowering in the industry

A catwalk show by Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week: It’s a matter of the bottom line as much as hemlines

Natalie Massenet kicks off shows with a warning: we need more business acumen

Jacket £65, sweatshirt £45; all James Long for River Island, riverisland.com, available from 24 February

James Long helps River Island show men how to dress

London designer James Long is the latest to bring  his talents to River Island, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Diane von Furstenberg in the influential wrap dress in 1970

Get your groove on: Seventies fashion is back... again

As the spring/summer 15 catwalks attest, designers seem incapable of resisting a nostalgia for the era of bell-bottoms and blouses, platforms and poodle perms

Lip Conditioner, £17, Estée Lauder

The best beauty products for Valentine's Day

Whether you're single or spliced, it's hard to find people who care about Valentine's Day as much as retailers and restaurateurs would like us to. And while I'm all for opting out of the enforced romanticism of the Hallmark holiday, we all deserve a treat now and then whatever the date.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor