The fashion industry said my dreadlocks would stop me working. They were wrong

Theres a lot of politics tied up in black hair, says Miu Miu model Adesuwa Aighewi, but nothing should stop self-expression When I got my hair dreadlocked ahead of New York fashion week, I had some pushback from people in the industry worried that I wouldnt get jobs the suggestion was that I might look too black. But I enjoy being different and standing out so I decided to keep them and take my chances. Two days later, my agents in New York called to say Coach had cast me to open their spring/summer 2018 show at New York. I couldnt believe it Ive walked in other shows in the past, but this was a career-changer. I went on to walk for Miu Miu in Paris and Bottega Veneta in Milan, which is a classic Italian brand not known for using edgy models. I was thrilled a girl with dreads […] Read more »

Bootsy Collins: LSD was a big part of why I left James Browns band

The musician, 66, tells Candice Pires about free love, Funkadelic, coming to earthly consciousness and getting away from being Bootsy My mother never said to me: You cant do that. When it came to finishing high school or going on the road with James Brown, I decided to go. She knew I wasnt really choosing anything harmful. She just wanted me to have fun with whatever I was doing. She was my backbone. You have to be detached from things in order to really love them, and know that theyre not yours. I can say: Youre mine, but thats not true; when I go, I go and when you go, you go. I came up in the days of free love, so its easier for me to lock into that. LSD was a big part of why I left James Browns band. I promised myself Id never do it during […] Read more »

Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versaces Milan show Of everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and arguably the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who might never have found fame were it not for That Dress the supermodel is his greatest legacy. So it was a fitting tribute that a supermodel reunion was the centrepiece of the Versace show staged to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder. Versace invented the supermodel, plucking a few chosen models from the runway ranks and elevating them to a higher strata of glamour. Other models remained humble clothes horses, but this elite became goddesses. Versace, who was already conjuring the imagery of classical goddesses with his becomingly draped dresses, created the perfect women to wear them. Prints charming: models in signature Versace style. Photograph: Luca […] Read more »

Antonio Lopez: the fashion illustrator who revolutionised the industry

The subject of a new documentary, Sex, Fashion and Disco, Lopez was best friends with Karl Lagerfeld, advocated diversity long before woke-ness was in fashion and had dance moves that can only be described as legendary There cant be many fashion illustrators who can count Jessica Lange, Grace Jones and Karl Lagerfeld as their BFFs, and Jerry Hall as their one-time bae. But Antonio Lopez was special as the new film, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco testifies. An illustrator who started out in the mid-60s (when he dropped out of college to work for Womens Wear Daily), the Puerto Rican-born artist bucked the trend for photography as the dominant medium in fashion media. This was through sheer talent. In his work for the New York Times, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, the whooshes of his lines, movement of his drawings and the confident, sexy poses of the models he […] Read more »

Run this town: what Rihanna's power suit means for your autumn wardrobe

From her gargantuan red dress to her fluffy pink co-ords, a week in Rihannas style is a lesson in fabulousness. Its also a crib sheet for what you will be wearing in the new season Rihanna is used to breaking the fashion corner of the internet by now. There was her Met Ball dress in 2015, which quickly became a meme of various foodstuffs, including pizza and omelettes. Then came the wine glass as accessory last year. And the Gucci chainmail bodysuit at Coachella, which was posted as a selfie on Instagram along with the caption: I cant go home yet, cuz enough people aint seen my outfit. Dont fret, Riri! At the time of writing, 1,878,262 have seen it now, along with the lucky ones to encounter it IRL at the festival itself. In this past week, Rihanna has had a hat-trick of public appearances that she has, to […] Read more »

Heel appeal: how the sexy shoe became the new status quo

The catwalk has recently favoured outrage over allure. But now, whether its the Duchess of Cambridges vertiginous Pradas or Rihannas beloved rhinestone Saint Laurent boots, high heels are back The Duchess of Cambridge has new shoes. On the offchance that it is not immediately obvious to you why this development is culturally significant, allow me to explain. The duchesss style is remarkably consistent: for as long as anyone can remember, she has worn pretty clothes in eyecatching colours, teamed with neutral pumps, the heels of which are high enough to look formal while remaining walkable. LK Bennett Sledge courts, which have a subtle platform sole to make them more comfortable, are a favourite. Yet, for the unveiling of the blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum, she wore a daringly bare, vertiginous pair of Prada sandals. Now, the duchess is no early adopter. Conservative with a small c, she […] Read more »

Why I wrote the sex manual Id have loved as a teenager

The Spanish YouTuber Chusita gives young people honest, down-to-earth advice on sex in her new book, This Is Not a Sex Book At a recent book signing in Barcelona, Spanish YouTuber Chusita was approached by two parents with their teenage daughter.Although Chusitas book is a sex guide for her teenage fansand followers, she sometimes hears from parents who thank her for writing it, and for helping them broach a difficult subject. Some have told her theyve sat down with their teenage children and read it together. This time, though, the parents wished to thank her for a different reason. Loudly, in front of the whole crowd, they said theyd bought the book for their daughter, but decided to read it first to check it was OK, says Chusita. They then told everyone how much they loved the book and that it had rekindled their sex life. Their daughter stood beside […] Read more »

A Titanic moment: how Celine Dion became the fashion icon 2017 needs

Having established herself as a fan of Vetements and Balenciaga, the Canadian 90s icon has gone from Las Vegas to the front row Cline Dion: Canadian, excessively enthusiastic, big warbling voice. This much we know. But are you aware that the voice of the 90s has latterly become the poster girl for avant-garde fashion label Vetements? Riding high after her first appearance at the Met Gala this year, to which she wore a deconstructed Versace gown with a higher-than-thigh-high slit, this week Dion has been fraternising with Anna Wintour on the frows in Paris, given the Giambattista Vallis haute couture show a standing ovation and been photographed naked for US Vogues Instagram account. Chic credentials Cline Dion wearing Balenciaga in Paris last June. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/GC Images Close watchers of Dions career would not be surprised to discover that she likes fashion. For the past five years, she has been […] Read more »

Thinking inside the box: how cask wine became cool again

Cask wine, box wine, goon bag whatever you call it, wine in a box has a bad reputation. But wine enthusiasts are changing all that Cask wine? I havent drunk that since I was in my 20s. So said a middle-aged customer, somewhat sniffily, to me upon being presented with a carafe of wine that had been freshly decanted from a three-litre bag-in-box cask. But the wine inside that cask a fresh and light blend of sangiovese, colorino and canaiolo from Tuscan producer Casale, made from organic grapes and with natural yeast was a far cry from the cask wines that customer would have quaffed decades ago. The natural wine movement an umbrella term for the popularity of wines made from organic or biodynamic grapes, vinified with naturally occurring wild yeasts, unfiltered or unfined, and made with minimal additives or other trickery has already had a profound impact on how […] Read more »

Ditch the denim! What to wear to the office in the heatwave

From wafty kaftans to white shirts or open-back shoes, here are seven ways to avoid a meltdown at your desk In case you hadnt noticed, its hot. Yay! But you still have to go to the office. Boo! Here are seven things that will keep you cool at work in both senses while the temperatures continue to rise. The fancy white shirt Puff-sleeve blouse by & Other Stories, 59 Yes, the white shirt is a work classic but bonus its also bang on trend this summer, as long as its not quite Michael Gove boring that is. Yours should have a tweak a ruched sleeve, a twist in the middle, a bit of a frill but still, at its core, it should just about fit with the corporate dresscode. In fact, the corporate look is now the height of fashion see Martine Rose and Balenciaga. If fashion trends were a […] Read more »