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 »

Birkinomics: are these handbags a better investment than bricks and mortar?

A diamond-encrusted Herms bag has sold at Christies for 155,000. Why are they so desirable and do any of the other luxury brands make an equally smart investment? News that Christies has just sold a Herms Birkin bag for 155,000 will come as a vulgar surprise to those who think spending more than 19.99 on a single fashion item is completely cuckoo. To the outsider, fashions built-in obsolescence makes the idea of investing in anything seem misplaced since, thanks to its six-month renewal cycle, no sooner is your purchase in than it is out again. But if a fool and her money are soon parted, the adage doesnt apply to Herms. Like art, vintage cars and fine jewellery, a Herms bag could turn out to be a wise investment. That the blue crocodile Birkin, embellished with white gold and diamonds, attracted a worldwide bidding frenzy will come as no surprise […] Read more »

Peter Lindbergh's best photograph: the birth of the supermodels

They were a revolution fresh, fun, outspoken, poking at you, making edgy jokes, getting involved. Wow! Liz Tilberis, the editor of British Vogue, asked me to do a shoot. You have to do the January 1990 cover, she said. Youre the one. She wanted something that would preview the decade to come. My reaction was: Oh my God, who could that be? You cant hang the next decade on one face. It wont work. But I knew what would. This was the result. People always say this shot, this cover, was the birth of the supermodels, but thats not entirely true. Two years before, I shot what were really the first of such pics the white shirt shoots. But that was for American Vogue. At that time, I didnt much like American Vogue. I found the women they were photographing so uninspiring. I preferred girls at art school. They wore […] Read more »

Oh, Pippa Middleton you should have gone full Eurotrash. Not be a Sloane married to a stuffed cashmere jumper

Her honeymoon wardrobe of prissy dresses is the epitome of dull royal conformity. Plus: Gwyneth Paltrow is the narcissistic gift that keeps giving Pippa Middletons honeymoon wardrobe, OMG.Lauren, Paris Oh. Em. Gee. Well said, Lauren, or, to use words more native to you, bien dit. (Oh, yeah, baby, that A-Level in French does not go to waste around here!) I have been keenly studying Pippas honeymoon wardrobe or trousseau, as I prefer to call it, given the Middleton sisters do seem to have walked straight out of a 19th-century novel. But well save my extensively developed theory involving Kate and Pippa and the work of William Thackeray for another day, given that I have already exceeded my pretentiousness quota for this week, and we havent even got out of the first paragraph. As I said, I have been keeping a keen eye on Pippas honeymoon wardrobe indeed, I have little […] Read more »

Pet dogs are the new must-have accessory at the smarter office

Companies are using animal magnetism to reduce stress in the workplace and hang on to staff After a half-hour walk to work each morning, Joy likes to grab a drink and head to her desk where she promptly curls up underneath it and has a nap. Joy is an eight-month-old golden retriever and she goes to the office with her owner, Carol DuPuis. These days, especially at tech companies, youre as likely to find a dog in the office as you are a pot plant or watercooler. For startups particularly, allowing dogs is an easy, cheap way of attracting and retaining millennials, on top of the free snacks, pinball machines and gym membership. The Google code of conduct states affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. At Amazon, around 2,000 employees have registered their pets at its headquarters in Seattle so they can take […] Read more »

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 »