Actress Emma Watson raised eyebrows with her admission that she owns only eight pairs of shoes. The Independent's Assistant Fashion Editor thinks she's got it just right
British men have found a new outlet for their vanity – seeking professional help to rid themselves of their hairy “Hobbit feet”.
Wear, what, why, when?
By now, readers of this column will be aware that I prefer the joys of black to any other colour.
My family are here to help me. I managed to get them Underbelly passes with their roles on. For example, Mum: Main Assistant. Brother: General Assistant. Brother's Girlfriend: Bonus Assistant. They help me with props and pep talks.
As if Tom Cruise weren't already suffering from Small Man Syndrome, pictures emerged yesterday of his newly estranged wife, Katie Holmes, wearing heels for what must be the first time since their union. On the Big Day itself, you'll recall, speculation was rife that Holmes had had to stand in a ditch to achieve parity of titchiness for the pair's wedding photo.
Get kitted out for the summer
Whether you're jetting away long-haul or just day-tripping, Rebecca Gonsalves rounds up the pick of the high street's sunniest buys
On screen the actor is fearless and Amazonian. Arifa Akbar finds out how the off-screen version measures up
Model: Emma at Union
When Nicholson Baker stopped writing about sex after Vox and The Fermata, I thought he'd lost his nerve; now he has returned to it with House of Holes, I fear he's lost his mind. What was so impressive about Baker's previous sexually explicit work (only part of a wide-ranging oeuvre) was that the transgression took place within a thought-out narrative structure. Vox, written entirely in dialogue, contained long male and female fantasies exchanged on a phone-line as they progressed towards mutual satisfaction (the book gained notoriety when Monica Lewinsky made a gift of it to Bill Clinton). The Fermata was a bawdy take on Wells's The Time Machine, featuring a narrator, Arno Stine, who stopped time to undress women without their consent - which he slowly realised was a bad idea.
Simon returns today, bringing Californian sunshine with him – which is great, as long as the golf shorts stay on the course. To be fair, he doesn’t do office casual.
Stilettos, platforms, flippers – they're all here in this footwear fetishist's heaven
They gave the world decent roads, indoor plumbing and some of the goriest spectator sports known to man, but now it appears that the Romans made a hitherto secret contribution to global civilisation by pioneering the wearing of socks with sandals.
Fashion has cast off any whimsical tendencies in favour of all that is pragmatic, or so the story goes.
Sexy, elegant, aggressive... machine-washable? Is there no end to black's versatility? Harriet Walker reports on an exhibition that traces the meaning of fashion's most recurrent colour