Portraiture is not about replication, but insight, as the best of this year's BP competitors make clear
Styling: Lee Holmes
Due to her indelible association with John Lennon, Yoko Ono’s impact on culture goes far beyond her work as an artist. This has been a curse and a blessing for her.
Styling: Lee Holmes
Photographs: Paul Smith
Model: Kristoffer at Elite
Grooming: Matt Raine using Chanel
Vintage-style lace will seduce every time...
The return of a cult fantasy show tempts even a sceptical viewer to mug up on myths and maps
Lanzarote airport. Sugar-hyped children. Suntans. A smattering of leopard print. One lone female on a plastic seat, weeping. Reader, she was me, after an intensive breathing retreat.
Would you want to go to a bed-and-breakfast concert? A ticket to the UK premiere of Steven Stapleton's 12-hour Sleep Concert at Newcastle's AV Festival, includes a single bed, a blanket, a nightlight and a bacon or egg roll and coffee in the morning – all for £25. Stapleton performs his dark ambient music live from his laptop throughout the night, manipulating his own Nurse with Wounds records, to induce sleep and dreams.
It used to be the night when looks could thrill. Not any more, says Susannah Frankel
This extraordinary work of fiction concludes with the narrator, Haya Tedeschi, reflecting on all she has compiled in eight long years of research and remembering. "I have arranged a multitude of lives, a pile of the past, into an inscrutable, incoherent series of occurrences... I have dug up all the graves of imagination and longing... I have rummaged through a stored series of certainties without finding a trace of logic." It is the inscrutable incoherence of this phenomenal trajectory of events, hurtling through the recapitulation of three generations of one family from the Second World War to the present, that endows the story with a unique drive and veracity.
For the sporty (and New Year's resolutioners)
For the older man of style and substance
From Prada shoes and gold watches to stylish wallets and Paul Smith cufflinks...
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Small businesses are under too much pressure to turn a profit and achieve status, designer supreme Sir Paul Smith tells Simon Usborne. And the result is that skills are disappearing