Demure drama: Pippa Middleton's wedding dress deconstructed

Choosing edgy designer Giles Deacon to create traditional gown results in elegant but unconventional bridal look The Middleton sisters have established an effective formula in choosing wedding dresses. Select an edgy designer, and commission them to create a fairly traditional gown. It works a treat, resulting in a bridal look which is elegant without being conventional, high taste but not too avant garde. Pippa Middleton is led by her father, Michael, into St Marks Church in Englefield. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images The high neckline and covered shoulders of Pippa Middletons Giles Deacon dress make it unassailably demure, yet it has a little more drama and attitude than found at the average home counties church wedding. The upstanding lace collar is rather fashion-forward, and the heart-shaped keyhole detail at the nape of the neck makes the dress interesting when seen from behind. The back view of the bridal party is very […] Read more »

It isnt wrong to raise an eyebrow at how the Macrons got together

No one should mind that the French president is 24 years younger than his wife, Brigitte. But the story of their romance? That is a bit weird People seem to be very confused with regards to how to talk about Frances first lady. Can you settle the matter once and for all? Marcus, by email Zut alors! Quest-ce quon peut faire? Jadore quand quelque chose happens en France parce que je peux utiliser mes Franais A-level skills. Ils sont incroyables, nest-ce pas? So, as some of you might have heard, apparently there was an election? In France? And theres a new first lady? Does talking with this uptick make me sound Australian or just more American? As is invariably the way with new first ladies, there has been a flurry of angsting and tutting about what this woman represents and how she should be discussed. So, for example, was it […] Read more »

'Don't slip, don't trip!': inside Australian fashion week

Guardian Australia goes behind the scenes with the models, designers and hangers-on at Sydneys parade Its like a hurricane: one minute its calm and then its chaos, says Kate Reynolds from Melbourne design-duo Pageant moments before the start of their debut show at Australian fashion week. Behind her, 20 or so models are frantically changing into their outfits, half a dozen backstage photographers are herded together and repeatedly told do not cross the yellow tape by an irate producer, and a doorman blocks a young woman from hurriedly entering the scene. Im a model, she protests. No-ones coming in and no-ones crossing that tape, thats what Ive been told, he says. But Im in this show! she scoffs, swerving around him while rolling her eyes at the snappers. It feels like a microcosm of fashion week, where colour and drama are abundant, punctuality is unheard of, and surviving the week […] Read more »

Christy Turlington: The closest Ive come to death? The birth of my daughter

The model on her campaign Every Mother Counts, and how she dislikes talking about her appearance Born in California, Christy Turlington Burns, 48, was scouted to be a model at 14 and went on to become one of the original supermodels. After suffering a postpartum haemorrhage in 2003, she took a masters in public health and set up non-profit organisation Every Mother Counts, addressing global maternal health. The charity has partnered with Toms shoes. She is married to actor Ed Burns, has two children and lives in New York. When were you happiest? Before kids, when I was 13 or so, on the back of my horse, running at full speed in an open pasture. Post kids, happiness happens often, but in more subtle ways. I now prefer the word content. What is your greatest fear? I dont fear anything but fear itself. Fear makes humans behave inhumanely. What is […] Read more »

Woke models: how activism became fashion's latest must-have

Its no longer enough to have a look. Adwoa Aboah and Leomie Andersons socially aware voices have made them the stars of the new catwalk generation You can tell a lot about an era by its fashion models. In the 60s, the spirit of the youthquake was personified by the wide-eyed, Bambi-limbed Twiggy. In the early 90s, nothing said sod the recession like a glamazon who wouldnt get out of bed for less than $10,000. In the ensuing two decades, Kate Moss represented not just a waifish appearance but a sphinx-like attitude, espousing the motto: Never complain, never explain. But in the social media era, something new is happening. In the age of protest and fourth-wave feminism, it is no longer enough for models to slink down a catwalk anonymously: silence is starting to look seriously dclass. The hot thing in modelling is not a look, but a viewpoint. It […] Read more »

Nicole Kidman in Cannes: her tortuous journey to Queen of the Croisette

Shes been a blond vamp, an American princess and a thorn in Lars Von Triers side. But 2017 looks set to be Nicole Kidmans greatest Cannes yet The official social media hashtags for this years Cannes film festival are #Cannes2017 and #Cannes70. But maybe it should be #Nicolefest and #Nicolepalooza. Because Nicole Kidman is set to dominate, with no fewer than four entries in the official selection. In all her sculpted blond tallness, looming over most of the grinning menfolk on the red carpet, she is going to be a Cannes fixture. Kidman is in season two of Jane Campions Top of the Lake, which Cannes is showcasing as part of its new policy of admitting top-of-the-range TV series. She plays an Australian mother, Julia, whose story dovetails with that of Detective Robin Griffin, played by Elisabeth Moss. In John Cameron Mitchells How to Talk to Girls at Parties, adapted […] Read more »

Goodbye, geek glasses: why aviators are this seasons biggest eyewear trend

Thick frames are out, and the classic pilots specs designed for aviation and then sold as sporting equipment are back, thanks to the vogue for the 70s look Music to your ears, or rather for your eyes: geek glasses the thick, dark acetate frames associated with Le Corbusier, SpongeBob SquarePants and last decades much-maligned hipster stereotype are on the wane. So claims the New York Times, anyway. It says that aviator-shaped glasses thin, steel or titanium frames, based on the shape worn by pilots during the second world war are this seasons frame of choice. If this seems unlikely, then keep looking. Luxottica, the Italian company with the monopoly on eyewear (Chanel, Persol and Ray-Ban frames are all sold through them) has noticed the same thing: Wired frames, and aviators in particular, have become more popular lately. So popular, in fact, that Ray-Ban relaunched its aviator opticals this year. Vision […] Read more »

Rei Kawakubo interview: Contemporary culture does not allow for nuance

The Japanese fashion designer has had a huge influence on what we wear ever since the late 1970s and this week she became the first living designer to be given a solo show at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum for 34 years The morning after Mondays gala launch of the Metropolitan Museums new fashion exhibition, the internet was awash with images of partygoers. Rihanna in latticed thigh-high boots, Madonna in cocktail camo print, Katie Perry veiled in blood red. However, it took a painstaking search to unearth just one photograph taken on the night of the woman for whom the party was held. Eventually, on the third slide of a New York Times party gallery after Kendall Jenner, before Jourdan Dunn I found a single image of Rei Kawakubo, the subject of the exhibition and guest of honour at the party. Kawakubo is wearing a white leather biker jacket zipped close […] Read more »