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Fashion world fears designer burnout as pressure takes its tol

Actress Meryl Streep and designer Alber Elbaz at the 2015 Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars in New York City. Photograph: Jim Spellman/Getty  Sometimes fashion can seem like a merry-go-round of catwalk shows with a whirlwind of collections hitting stores almost hourly. Last week an industry moving at an ever higher speed almost crashed. On […]

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Cutting-edge knitting: is this the future of textiles?

Casting on: (from left) Ben Alun-Jones, Kirsty Emery and Hal Watts, the creators of Unmade. Photograph: Richard Saker for the Observer Tamsin Blanchard I am in one of the subterranean rooms that form part of the backstage rabbit warren of Somerset House in central London. This wing used to be offices for the Inland Revenue, […]

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From Jeremy Corbyn to The Last Panthers: the great shellsuit revival

Suits you, sir … Jeremy Corbyn and his wife are dressed for cycling. Photograph: Steve Bell/Rex Shutterstock It is a happy accident that Jeremy Corbyn’s tracksuit has become an inspiration for this season’s alternative menswear. Corbyn cycles to work from his house in north London to Westminster, and does so in a grey Wilson tracksuit […]

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Yes, French women are chic. But they don’t own the secret to style

Like the lovechild of Coco Chanel and Iggy Pop … Carine Roitfeld. Photograph: Jacopo Raule/GC Images Last Thursday morning, before it was even light, I was on the Uniqlo website trying to shop the capsule collection by ex-French Vogue editor and all-round front-row institution Carine Roitfeld. Roitfeld, the somewhat unlikely industry pinup who resembles the […]

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Bella Freud and Kate Moss charity jumper – buy of the day

Kate Moss models Bella Freud’s charity jumper. Photograph: Mary McCartney/ Save The Children Bella Freud for Save the Children Fund’s Fashion Saves Lives this Christmas at Matchesfashion.com, £365 Photograph: Matches Fashion To raise money for Save the Children, designer Bella Freud has created this long-sleeved T-shirt as part of the Fashion Saves Lives campaign. Christopher […]

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can the brand knit compassion with colourful clothes in 2015?

A 2002 Benetton ad: the brand has championed diversity. Photograph: Benetton Nobody talked about “It bags” when I was at secondary school in the 1990s but we all knew that status could be conferred through accessories. The rules about backpacks were particularly strict: they should be worn like a holster with both straps over the […]

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Do your clothes pass the feminist test? Caroline Criado-Perez

Feminist necklace Photograph: Tatty Devine As any fool knows, you are what you wear. And there’s no fool like a feminist fool, which is why as I write this I’m wearing a full-on feminist outfit. By which I mean that everything from my pants to my necklace is emblazoned with the word “feminist”; that’s just […]

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No style icon but an image-maker: why Margaret Thatcher was the wrong fit for the V&A

Margaret Thatcher, pictured in 1981 in a pussy-bow blouse. Photograph: Cinetext/Allstar Collection/Allstar In a newspaper article in January 1975, Margaret Thatcher described private property as “one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom”. So it seems appropriate that her handbags, suits and necklaces will be sold for cold, hard cash to the highest bidder, rather […]

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What’s your favourite band T-shirt of all time?

Teen spirit: Victoria Cecilia of Gliss wears her favourite band T-shirt ontage in 2013. Photograph: Dosfotos/PYMCA/REX Shutterstock Time to check under your armpits for holes. The BBC is asking “What is the greatest band T-shirt of all time?” for a new poll, the results of which will be announced on 27 November, AKA Wear Your […]

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Jourdan Dunn breaks rank and calls Victoria’s Secret ‘BS’

Jourdan Dunn on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk in 2014. Photograph: David Fisher/REX Shutterstock/David Fisher/REX Shutterstock Forget smug sunrise yoga shots and cloying inspirational quotes. Occasionally, models are truth-tellers on social media – or Jourdan Dunn is, at least. Having previously tweeted about Dior in less-than-glowing terms – the fashion equivalent of a cardinal openly dissing […]