Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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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

Monica Bellucci on set with Domenico Dolce

Facing up to la dolce vita of Monica Bellucci

As the star of Dolce & Gabbana's latest make-up campaign, life really is sweet for actress Monica Bellucci. The Italian beauty tells Rebecca gonsalves about her long-standing relationship with the designers and what glamour means to her

Bah, humbug!: Model wears dress £65; frenchconnection.com

Style file: Black and white and cool all over

In the mood for monochrome? French Connection has it covered,  with a capsule collection of on-trend pieces, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Printed polo T-shirt £30, denim shorts £40

Bright Young Things: River Island's collaborations

River Island’s Rihanna line was a hit. But the brand’s work with lesser-known design talent breaks new ground

Designer Rick Owens returned to his trademark glamorous grunge – and went heavy on the leather – on the Paris catwalk

Paris Fashion Week: Alexander Wang finds his feet while Rick Owens steps up his pace

Now in his third season at Balenciaga, American designer Alexander Wang may still be finding his feet but the ground beneath them appears to be firm. This collection was sports-luxe, emphasis on the luxe – some looks were paired with industrial wire-handled bags in leather, crocodile and fur. Add croc gloves with a built-in wallet and the Balenciaga customer will have no need to worry about where to store their spare change – not that there will be much of it.

En pointe: from £65 for a classic ballet slipper; French Sole, frenchsole.com

Style File: Find your sole mate with French Sole

French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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