Susie Rushton

Susie Rushton is editor of the Saturday magazine at The Independent

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Susie Rushton: Why political adviser is the coolest job in town

Notebook: Despite the existence of significant female aides in real life, in fiction the dedicated right-hand is usually a man

Hotel of the week: Nothing gets lost in translation in the luxurious Peninsula

Only the downright lazy stay holed up in their room in Tokyo, where the "different-planet" thrills are felt at every street corner. But it is very hard to leave The Peninsula. An outpost of the historic hotel in Hong Kong, checking in here is an indulgent option.

Fashion Special: Beauty queen

THIS YEAR, I'm hoping for roses. Not the long-stemmed, extortionately- priced variety but one of the rosy-scented potions which leave a lingering perfume that's a proven stress-reliever and, Beauty Queen's Prince Consort might care to note, a proven aphrodisiac. "Rose is one of those ingredients that never go out of fashion," says perfume designer Azzi Glasser. "It's a classic and it connotes beauty, seduction and femininity - and, so long as the extract is a natural rose, it's great for the skin." So, how very clever of Dr Hauschka to put together three of their cult rose products - body oil, hand cream and a body lotion - in a Rose Gift Box (pounds 45). Laced with rose petal extracts from both the Rosa Damascena and Rosa Gallica, Dr Hauschka's rose products have a rich and naturally sweet scent; for a subtler, greener rose, REN's new Damask Rose Ramnose Biosaccharide body cream (pounds 23) will soften dusty winter skin and promises to stimulate endorphin release - all far sexier than its clunky name. Finally, if my Valentine wishes to present me with a gift that says both "You are like a perfect dewy rose to me" and "You have open pores" (which I agree isn't the ideal scenario), he could seek out Sanoflore's rose toning lotion (pounds 11.95). Made by a French organic beauty company, this rose water and aloe astringent is packaged in a handy spray can, allowing full facial spritzing with a lovely over-ripe rose scent. Although a bunch of flowers wouldn't go amiss, either.

FASHION SPECIAL: Making his Marc

The high street hijacks his ideas - and even Hollywood stars have been known to steal his clothes. Susie Rushton talks to Marc Jacobs, the man who knows what women want. Fashion photography by Lacey Styling by Beth Dadswell

Fashion & Style: Been there, worn that

A radical new exhibition reveals how designers from Quant to Dior have drawn inspiration from the past - and from each other. Susie Rushton finds that there's nothing new under the sun

Fashion: Cut the mustard

To wear this season's hot colour, take inspiration from cyclists and deep-sea fisherman. And beware of the malevolent influence of Big Bird and Rupert the Bear, says Susie Rushton

Beauty queen

AT THE age of 13, I made my first, utterly illicit, purchase. It was a shiny black-and-gold plastic case that you could fit into the palm of your hand and it contained a spongy swab and three shades of greenish eyeshadow: sparkly avocado, mushy pea and eau-de-nil. None of them, it should go without saying, complemented either my mouse-grey school uniform or pubescent complexion. That hardly mattered. The pounds 3 transaction was a cosmetic rite of passage and, like so many other British girls, my longed-for transformation began with a visit to the No7 counter in Boots.

Fashion & Style: Dressed for excess

Couture clients are the world's most demanding shoppers. Susie Rushton finds plenty to please them in the Paris shows

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil