Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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Footloose: Lanvin spring/summer 2014

Style file: Toeing the line in sandals

Whether or not you trust the weatherman, it’s time to choose a new pair of sandals to put a spring in your step, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The best hair care products for women: Many brands now cater to scarily-specific hair types

Hair is the one feature that even the most low-maintenance women will usually spend some time attempting to control. Whether that's blow-drying the bejesus out of it on a regular basis in an effort to flatten out the frizz, or torturing it with hot tongs in order to pump up the volume.

Prada s/s14

Style file: Season liberally

Fashion seasons and meteorological ones have never seemed more out of sync. What has caused this stylistic climate change?

£110, KG Kurt Geiger, kurtgeiger.com

Style file: Slide & Glide with these pool slides

The once-humble pool shoe is breaking out of the changing room and on to the street, courtesy of very fashionable feet, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Tiger of Sweden: the brand which has become the epitome of Scandi-cool

It may still be a relatively new import to the UK – but it is getting bigger all the time and has won over influential fans. Rebecca Gonsalves takes a look at the Swede success

From left: Missoni, Bottega Veneta, Fendi

Menswear: The all-American look

The Beat poets left behind more than just a literary legacy, as menswear designers continue to channel the spirit of rebellion through their style

Bombs away: Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 14

Style file: Take flight in a bomber jacket

The sun may be out, but there’s still a nip in the air. A bomber jacket is the perfect piece to see you through to summer, says Rebecca Gonsalves

A model walks the runway during the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014

The trouble with 'tribal': African inspirations and bright colours

Fashion is no stranger to globetrotting, but designer wanderlust is especially evident this season. As Rebecca Gonsalves asks, is this celebration or appropriation?

Men's fashion: Key looks for the spring

Bloomin' marvellous

Clubbing and clobber: Every era can be defined by its nightlife fashion

From the smoke-filled clubs and speakeasies of the jazz age to the debauched disco of Studio 54 in the Seventies, or the sweat-soaked collective euphoria of Nineties raves

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