Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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The best products for party hair: Add volume, style big waves, or create an impressive bouffant

The higher the hair, the closer to God – so if you're planning on being sinful, adding a bit of volume is one tactic to ensure you remain guilt-free.

Christmas gift guide: Fashionable presents for her

Stylish gifts don't have to cost the earth: there are plenty of little luxuries to be found for less than £100

The best fragrances: Hit the jackpot this Christmas with these stand-out scents

Fragrance can be a tricky gift to give. Unless you have access to their dressing table, or they've been dropping weighty hints, you might not be able to single your loved one's signature scent from the endless perfumery permutations at the beauty hall.

Books of the year 2014: Fashion, from Diane von Furstenburg to Sex, Sense and Nonsense

There is an auto-biographical strain running across fashion fare this year

Model wears shirt, £205; brownsfashion.com

Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang inspires Danish-designed cartoon couture

A new collection by Danish designer Peter Jensen takes inspiration from an unlikely muse, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Sam Farmer travel set, £20, samfarmer.co

Best beauty gift sets for teens: Presents that will make them feel grown-up, but elicit childlike joy

The teen years are difficult to traverse at the best of times, thanks to the pressure of fitting in – or standing out, but only in the 'right' way of course – as well as all those hormones.

Model wears: dress £399, shoes £179, both hobbs.co.uk

Footloose and fancy-free: flat shoes are back in fashion

The fashionable flat isn’t just for daytime: wear a pair this party season and you’ll be dancing all night

Christmas 2014: 17 best womenswear gifts

From key rings to cashmere slippers, we've got the gifts to please even the most discerning of fashionistas

Christmas 2014: 10 best beauty gifts

Want to get something special for the beauty-addict in your life but no idea where to start? We've got it covered

From Elemis to Benefit, the best beauty gifts this Christmas

With this selection, the more indulgent, the better

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But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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