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15/12/2017

How woke is your wardrobe

How woke is your wardrobe

As the year draws to a close, it’s only natural that we reflect on the buzzwords that stole the sartorial show.

This year’s most-used words reflect fashion’s transition into its most progressive and politically-minded sphere to date, with words like “power” and “woke” taking the top two spots consecutively.

Compiled by global fashion search platform Lyst, the list was generated by analysing more than 30,000 articles from 100 different online fashion and lifestyle publications.

While there were some generic inclusions, such as “floral” and “statement”, the prevailing theme of this year's list was that vociferous social awareness has never been more in vogue.

The idea of fashion being “woke” could be attributed to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut collection for Dior, which included the now iconic “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt that so many high street brands have recreated.

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11/12/2017

Luxururious winter skin products

Luxururious winter skin products

Your skin hates winter. It hates dry air, central heating, the alcohol you swill at festive parties and the icy walk home, too. The joy of this is, though, that you can enjoy the luxury of an old-fashioned face cream, morning and night, along with a little massage of your favourite oil. It’s a chance to feel like you’re feeding your skin, nursing it back to the glossy glow you have evidence of in selfies from June.

Floral dressing in the cold months has been made easier with the arrival of the winter floral print in every high street near you. A winter floral – you’ve seen it, even if you didn’t know the name – is a pale, spriggy flower against a dark background. Which isn’t, the observant among you may well have noticed, the kind of floral I’m wearing in the picture to the right promoting the wearing of florals in winter. Because as discussed, why be obvious?

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08/12/2017

Fashion books that offer more than good looks

Fashion books that offer more than good looks

fashion books usually appeal to the eye with zippy photographs, playful illustrations, arresting typefaces. But the best of them will offer something for the head and heart — a surprising point of view, thoughtful essays, a distinctive style — that makes the experience memorable. Consider these three new books: “John Galliano Unseen” (Yale University Press, $60) by Robert Fairer; “Food in Vogue” (Abrams, $75), edited by Taylor Antrim; and “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” (The Museum of Modern Art, $45) by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher.

Visuals — big, bold, almost impossibly saturated with color and often witty as hell — bring a delicious bite to “Food in Vogue,” a look at the fashion magazine’s approach to food over the decades. It’s an attitude best described as totemic rather than home ec/useful — and that’s the fun of it. I mean, who knew frozen vegetables could look so good? Well, Irving Penn did — and the proof is the very first photo, his, in the book.

Whether it’s “Chicken in Heels” from Helmut Newton in 2003 or a Eric Boman’s plush toy bunny climbing into a stewpot for 2014’s “Hop to It,” these images speak to something more elegant, exotic, urgently elemental than the usual what’s-for-dinner ho-hum. The photos are arranged in an order clearly meant to surprise and, perhaps, shock. The emotional zing is compounded by the oversized (10-by-13.4-inch) format that allows the images to practically leap from the page.

Adding to the appeal is a collection of food-themed articles and essays, notably from Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue’s much-lauded food columnist.

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