Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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Boring fashion classics: Functional can be fun, as these real wardrobe staples prove

From white shirts to anoraks, boring fashion is actually anything but

Naomi Campbell in Honney in Agent Provocateur

With the resurgence of familiar faces in fashion, is the obsession with youth coming to an end?

Age may only be a number when you’re a household name

The 5 best honey beauty products

As a young'un, a pretty close encounter with a bee nearly killed me, but I've never held it against our honey-producing friends. In fact, I like it not only slathered over hot buttered toast, but as an ingredient in my make-up bag and bathroom cabinet too.

The 5 best scrubs and body polishes

The recent wedge of blue sky got me thinking that summer will soon be upon us. Optimistic perhaps, but it's amazing what a hit of Vitamin D can do.

Hoot or howler? Manish Arora’s creation graced the Paris catwalk yesterday

Paris Fashion Week 2015: Balmain and Manish Arora

Despite his efforts to dazzle, the designer's creations felt distinctly flat

Models present creations by Dries Van Noten during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris

Paris Fashion Week - Dries Van Noten review: Exuberant collection inspired by "passionate women"

This time last year Dries Van Noten's work was the subject of a Parisian exhibition. That, pointedly, was not to be classed as a retrospective, but today's collection for spring/summer could have been; it certainly felt like a celebration to the audience assembled in the opulent splendour of the Hotel de Ville.

Haim star in the new Live in Levi’s campaign

Re-engineered 501s give Levi's customers they shape they've always wanted

Levi’s has cottoned on to the way customers customise their straight-leg 501s and is now offering an update on the iconic denim, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

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

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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