Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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The best coloured hair treatments: Keep up the value of your investment with a tailored regime

It's no secret that the summer can wreak havoc with your locks – if it's not all the heat-induced extra shampooing while at home, the joys of a holiday can wane when strong sunshine, salt water and chlorine turn your barnet into a bird's nest.

Christian Louboutin at work

Christian Louboutin's debut cosmetics collection - a beauty brand with red sole

Christian Louboutin’s signature flash of red is the inspiration for the designer’s first foray into the world  of cosmetics, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Scottish independence: Tartan's textile industry contributes £1bn a year to economy

There is more to fashion output north of the border than tartan, tweed and tam o'shanters, but Rebecca Gonsalves explores what independence would mean for small-scale manufacturers north of the border

The best lipsticks for summer: Keep the shimmer subtle with sheer balm-tint hybrids

A velvety matte lipstick can feel out of place in the summer months, but that doesn't mean you have to resort to a gloopy gloss as there is an abundance of sheer, lightweight and conditioning formulations on the market thanks to balm-tint hybrids which can be layered up to create a more intense colour.

Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy

Stylish holiday luggage that pass muster

If you’re jetting off this summer, now’s the  perfect time to make sure your luggage will  pass muster, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Exclusive interview with collections curator Lynn Yaeger: "These clothes are revolutionary in their conception and execution"

As online retailer yoox.com launches a vintage selection of creations by Japanese designers, Rebecca Gonsalves meets Lynn Yaeger, the collection’s passionate curator

Costa Azzurra EDP 50ml, £142, Tom Ford

The best summer perfumes: Freshen up with the clean, bright scent of white flowers

The heat of summer seems to send everyday smells into overdrive – be they good or bad. It's this same heightened sense that makes hearty, warming winter fragrances suddenly feel all wrong.

Model wears See by Chloé, chloe.com

Style file: Print and patterns clash is in fashion

Indulge in this summer’s trend for bright and brash motifs and allow clashing patterns to run riot. Wearing top-to-toe prints is no longer a fashion faux pas

The best exfoliators: Slough away dead skin cells with these super scrubs

Out of sight, out of mind is my go-to strategy for most matters, including my skin. So when I need to emerge from my cocoon of layers in the summer, I tend to feel more like a dowdy moth than a bright and beautiful butterfly.

Model wears: necklace £14.99, newlook.com

Style file: Cocktail hour costume jewellery

Say it loud and proud with colourful costume jewellery – the perfect final flourish for formal occasions

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