Life and Style

If you’ve made a resolution to improve your working life, remember the  old adage about dressing for the job you want, says Rebecca Gonsalves

If top hairdressers earn pounds 100,000, why does no one want the job?

A JOB once seen as one of the most likely stepping stones to glamour, wealth and fame for working-class youngsters - that of the hair stylist - is failing to attract school leavers, causing a severe shortage.

Hollywood: To live and style in LA

She wanted to murder Claudia Schiffer, Faye Dunaway was a diva, but George Michael, as always, was a sweetie. Andrew Gumbel talks to outspoken stylist to the stars, Kim Bowen. Photographs by Robert Yager

Fashion: cashmere

People are positively obsessive about cashmere. The actor and director Vincent Gallo sleeps under blankets made of the stuff. Clements Ribeiro, who have made their stripy cashmere T-shirts and twin-sets a must-have for anyone with a couple of hundred pounds to spend, are rarely seen in anything else. Their new baby even has a cashmere security blanket. And the thing about it is once you've worn it, there's no turning back. So if you are feeling a little self-indulgent this autumn, have a look at the ranges by TSE New York (now designed by British avant-garde designer Hussein Chalayan), Narciso Rodriguez, Whistles and MaxMara. A little cashmere goes a long way.

Words: Coenobitic, adj.

ONE WONDERS what the great stylist Evelyn Waugh would have made of the prose style favoured by his biographer, a prolix academic Martin Stannard little blessed with humour. He might, however, have looked approvingly upon his penchant for cenobitic, which, from Latin and Greek, and generally spelled coenobitic, means to have the nature of a monastic community: distinct, that is, from the anchorite, who lives in solitude.

Books: Toffs against toughs

D J Taylor applauds a grand tour of the language, but finds that it loses its way on the home stretch

Fashion: green sleeves

Deep in the forest something is stirring ... it's a coat by Japanese designer Junya Watanabe. Photographs by Jasper James

A bloke writes: The barber, my father and a short back and sides

MY FIRST haircuts took place in a north of England barber's shop, where the burble of Jimmy Young could always be heard from the trannie. I waited with my father on a row of wooden chairs, he having taken the Sporting Life from the magazine rack and tossed me a three-year-old Beano. Then one of the two barber's seats would become vacant, the barber would thrash at it with his white towel to clear away the hairs, and I'd nervously step forward.

I work for ... Jo Hansford: Joanna Hansford is PA to her mother, Hair Colourist to the stars

One of the ways I have adjusted to Mum being my boss is by calling her Jo at the salon and Mum at home. Nevertheless, the hardest part of our working relationship is that I have to share her with everyone else at work. She's a kind-hearted person and a lot of juniors need her shoulder to cry on, which can leave me wondering "What about me?". The fact that I'm the boss's daughter doesn't make it difficult for my colleagues because although Mum won't take any nonsense and is quite strict that there's very little bitchiness within the salon, if anyone's got a problem they generally talk it through with everyone else. Hairdressers are all creative and outrageous nut cases, which is why they are such fun.

Fashion: Crease is the word

Issey Miyake has built an entire collection around them, and now the fashion world has decreed that pleats - box, knife or kick - are 'in'. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Mauricio Guillem

Fashion: As seen at ... Liberty reader evening

TRISTAN Webber, Frazer Moss and Jimmy Collins from YMC, and Kenneth MacKenzie from menswear label 6876 joined readers of The Independent at Liberty last Wednesday night for an evening of fashion, style, shopping and heated discussion about how to find the perfect pair of trousers that, as one reader complained, don't make you look like a traffic warden or a child molester.

Magnolia Man - if she says so

HEAD bowed, he approaches the shop assistant with a tell-tale nervous smirk. Then he stabs at the palest colour on the sample card and waits for his pot of emulsion.

Natural shine

Beauty spot-Phytologie hair care range

Racing: A crucial day dawns for two Irishmen returning to a spiritual home

Maguire still determined to add great to a gritty image

Fashion: The next big spring

For a fresh new look, focus on the latest from four British designers, says Fashion Editor Tamsin Blanchard. Pictures by Sheridan Morley

Review: Singing their heads off to Mme Guillotine

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