The singer was forced to pull out of a string of performances after being diagnosed with appendicitis
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Wednesday 19 May 2010
Saturday 15 May 2010
I've never actually seen a wedding invite where the dress code stipulates that "ladies" should wear lurid satin dresses from Coast and feathery fascinators (below) resembling a dead pigeon with a blue rinse, but you can't throw a bouquet at a wedding without hitting these looks. Somewhere along the line, together with fussy beaded bags, pashminas, cropped boleros and satin Wag shoes, they became the de facto wedding uniform. However, just because weddings are essentially conventional, it doesn't mean that what we wear to them has to be. This look is about as dated as agreeing to obey.
Sunday 25 April 2010
Thursday 15 April 2010
They have graced Hollywood premieres and high society balls, now the gowns of Grace Kelly are taking centre stage at a British museum.
Thursday 15 April 2010
Steven Seagal has discovered that not even he – actor, writer, philanthropist, aikido black-belt, blues musician, buddhist and reserve deputy sheriff of Jefferson Parish in the state of Louisiana – is above the law. You might indeed, were you so inclined, describe him as being under siege, too. This week his former personal assistant, 23-year-old Kayden Nyugen, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Seagal three times while working for him in New Orleans, and that he retained two young Russian attendants as sex slaves. Nyugen, one could say, is out for justice – oh, and $1m in compensation. Seagal's lawyer says the allegations are "ridiculous and absurd".
Carola Long: 'If she was a young actress today, Grace Kelly wouldn’t dress as conservatively as she did in the Fifties'
Saturday 10 April 2010
With the V&A's exhibition Grace Kelly: Style Icon imminent, the Independent fashion desk has inevitably been inundated with "Get the Look" e-mails from brands suggesting how to recreate her wardrobe. Hardly surprising, as the actress-turned-princess hailed for her "conspicuous good taste" by the Dallas Morning News in 1955 has long been up there with Audrey Hepburn as an Enduring Style Icon.
Friday 02 April 2010
"Of course he fell in love with her," said Herbert Coleman, Hitchcock's assistant director on RearWindow. "But who didn't?" The same seems to apply to Spoto, "a personal friend of Kelly's". He depicts a likeable, talented beauty, who loved acting but was indifferent to fame.
Thursday 25 March 2010
In three weeks' time, Grace Kelly's wardrobe goes on display at the V&A. You can cut out paper dolls of her wedding dress, watch Rear Window on constant loop. Perfectly sensible women will queue to swoon over her Hermès bag. Even the current spring/summer collections are full of her influence. But why does she matter so much to women?
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Monday 22 March 2010
A fashion fact: Prada and Louis Vuitton are among the most powerful brands in the world. Fashion fact number two – and also just a fact, in fact – history repeats itself.
Thursday 18 February 2010
Companies that target children with sexually frank images will be banned for three years from bidding for Government advertising contracts by a Conservative Government, David Cameron has warned.
Friday 21 August 2009
Monday 06 July 2009
The world's gone dotty. And not just because the unusually clement weather has scrambled Europe's collective brain.
Monday 22 June 2009
What are you wearing right now?
White jeans by CC, a ‘peace’ graphic T-shirt and a ‘peace, love and an open heart’ necklace. I’m feeling very peaceful today!
Sunday 21 June 2009
Birds are singing and bells are ringing: the wedding season is upon us again. This season, unlike autumn/winter, spring/ summer or racing, is one with no rules, boundaries, or fashion codes to abide. The thing that so often goes wrong is that ordinary people attempt to realise their own artistic visions. Shudder.
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- 4 Alex Salmond: 'The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords'