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Together they have trudged through mud at Glastonbury and dined at countless functions in aid of maternal health. But Sarah Brown has now sealed her unlikely friendship with Naomi Campbell by nominating the supermodel as her 21st-century heroine.
For most people, fairy-tales stay firmly put on the page. But for artist Su Blackwell, who creates whimsical, intricate paper-cut sculptures from second-hand books, the magical, mythical folkloric creatures spill over into everyday life. From Peter Pan to the Wizard of Oz, snow queens to ice maidens and whirling lit-up merry-go-rounds, words and illustrations rise from the pages in charming 3D forms. She creates scenes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as well as swaying sail boats and fish, majestic castles, paper princesses and secret gardens.
A great deal of fashion's greatest successes are developed from a single idea: Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dresses, Calvin Klein's underpants, Yohji Yamamoto's black minimalism. Add to them Marcia Kilgore's FitFlops. She's the woman behind the cult shoes that have sold more than 4.8m pairs since launch two years ago, and which have just earned her the "Innovation of the Year" award from Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Disappointing us is what celebrities do best; it's often, in fact, why we love them. But the celeb couple represents something else. Individually, they may be the most abject specimens of humanity, but it's hard not to feel a smidgen of goodwill towards two people in love.
'Working for Mario Testino was like university for me'
Liberal campaigner, ladies' man, and yet still one of the boys. As the actor leaves a trail of swooning women across London, John Walsh asks: how does he do it?
You have to hand it to Alexander McQueen: the designer has cojones. On the eve of the opening of his flagship store on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles – and just when his contemporaries might be kowtowing to the city's celebrity-driven culture – he made clear that he was courting a less brash brand of clientele.
'Anyone who is vaguely interested in fashion will use the word 'love' when they talk about shoes," muses the shoe designer, Georgina Goodman. "You don't say, 'I love trousers'. You might say, 'I love that jacket'. But people always say, 'I love shoes'." Particularly, it would seem, Goodman's shoes.