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Zandra Rhodes reveals lockdown cancer diagnosis

By Hannah Marriott

British fashion designer, who is in remission, urges others not to delay seeing doctor

The British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has disclosed that she was diagnosed with cancer during lockdown.

“A close friend came to visit and was going to do a restorative yoga class. He asked us to take deep breaths and relax … and I realise that my stomach feels as if it’s full,” the British designer told ITV News London. “I phoned my doctor. He said: ‘Yes it does feel like it’s full.’ He organised X-rays and that was when they discovered that I had a tumour.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/26/zandra-rhodes-reveals-lockdown-cancer-diagnosis

      

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Going for green: how to shop more ethically on Black Friday – in pictures

By Melanie Wilkinson and Morwenna Ferrier

From donating to charity, choosing sustainability over discounts or sidestepping the sales altogether, these labels are part of a burgeoning movement rethinking the consumer event

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/nov/26/going-for-green-how-to-shop-more-ethically-on-black-friday-in-pictures

      

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Pie crusts and pearls: the unexpected return of the Sloane Ranger

By Lauren Cochrane

Thanks to The Crown, the Diana look is back. So what does Peter York, co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook, make of the new breed?

There is a scene in episode three of the current series of The Crown, when a young Diana Spencer returns to her shared flat in Earl’s Court, west London, with the news that she is engaged to Prince Charles. Enveloped in shrieks and hugs by her flatmates, there is more to this moment than celebration. The four young women – in their sensible knitwear, pie-crust collars, calf-length skirts, silk scarves and tank tops – showcase the Sloane Ranger style. After her engagement was announced in 1981, Diana was photographed by the press, and the look went from SW5 to nationwide.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/26/piecrusts-and-pearls-how-a-young-diana-spread-the-sloane-ranger-look

      

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Model Halima Aden quits fashion shows over religious beliefs

By Yasmin Khatun Dewan

Aden, one of the first models to wear a hijab, says she is being forced to compromise beliefs

The model Halima Aden has said she is quitting runway shows because working in fashion has forced her to compromise her religious beliefs.

Aden, who was hailed as a trailblazer for being one of the first models to wear a hijab and walk for major fashion labels including Kanye West’s Yeezy, posted a series of images on social media that illustrated the times she had lost touch with who she is (from missing prayer times to being draped with pairs of jeans for a head covering).

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/25/model-halima-aden-quits-fashion-shows-over-religious-beliefs

      

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Sweatpants out? Savile Row tailors predict end of the lockdown look

By Priya Elan

Suit makers say there will be a ‘desire to dress up’ after latest Covid lockdown in England

Last week, the designer Jil Sander told the New York Times that it was time to finally ditch sweatpants because “down-dressing is a drainer”.

A harbinger of a certain shift in mood, Sander has captured a moment in which, with lockdown soon to give way to a new tiered system of restrictions in England, we are ready to get dressed again.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/25/sweatpants-out-savile-row-tailors-predict-end-lockdown-look-covid

      

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'Biggest sin in the programme': How a coat from The Undoing divided the internet

By Morwenna Ferrier

The ugly green coat in the HBO drama The Undoing has usurped a starry cast that includes Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. But what are the show’s makers trying to say, exactly?

The real star of The Undoing, HBO’s absurd marital melodrama, is not Hugh Grant, the Manhattan skyline or even the pair of David Hockneys hanging inside a vast penthouse in episode one. It’s a coat.

Sludge-green, calf-length, with wide lapels and a hood, this coat is worn again and again by Nicole Kidman’s character, a gnomic therapist called Grace, as she floats down Madison Avenue, through Central Park and even into the prison on Rikers Island, brooding over her marriage to a man who may, or may not, have just murdered his lover with a lump hammer.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/24/biggest-sin-in-the-programme-how-a-coat-from-the-undoing-divided-viewers

      

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Gus Van Sant: 'We are living in a wilder time than anything we could imagine'

By Jess Cartner-Morley

He is the king of the Hollywood underground. So why has he made a mini-series for Gucci? The film-maker talks about life in isolation, his gay president project and the big screen’s demise

At home in California over lockdown Gus Van Sant, king of the Hollywood underground, was, like the rest of us, binge-watching Netflix. “Ozark, that was good,” he says of the drama about the wholesome, apple-pie Byrdes, whose family business in a sleepy lakeside town happens to be money-laundering for a ruthless Mexican cartel. “Although, you know, kind of grisly.”

Van Sant’s latest project, by contrast, is all glamour. He has shot a seven-episode miniseries for Gucci in collaboration with the brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele. Ouverture of Something That Never Ended takes an esoteric day-in-the-life format, following Silvia, played by Silvia Calderoni, from the moment she wakes up and steps into her high-heeled gold house slippers. She has a pee in black lace knickerbockers and queues at the post office alongside a woman in a kaftan with a basketball under one arm, and a man in a football shirt carrying a canary in a cage. She goes to a cafe, a dance rehearsal, and walks the streets of Rome – with a new outfit for each activity. The film doubles as a streamed catwalk show for Gucci’s new collection, with 10 new-season looks making up the wardrobe for each episode. There is even a cameo by Harry Styles.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/nov/24/gus-van-sant-we-are-living-in-a-wilder-time-than-anything-we-could-imagine

      

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TV style icons of 2020: how Friends’ Ross Geller pivoted from sartorial disaster

By Priya Elan

Ross might have appeared to be the worst dressed of the Central Perk gang, but he predicted almost every trend that has emerged since the show began

The first time I watched Friends, there was a clear style hierarchy among the male characters. Gunther, Joey, Chandler, baby Ben, Mr Geller (Ross and Monica’s dad) – and then Ross.

Gunther, with his bleached-blond, close-cropped hair and bold coloured shirts, had a “New York artist in the early 80s” vibe about him. Joey, meanwhile, with his crackpot magnetism, managed to make any outfit from sweats to plaid shirts work, with his heart-shaped face and curtains haircut. He even went accidentally high-fashion with a man-bag and, in the episode where he wore all of Chandler’s clothes, predicted Balenciaga-esque layering. Even Geller Sr had a very specific rumpled, older-gentleman style about him, with his one-size-too-big suits and jumpers.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/nov/23/tv-style-icons-of-2020-how-friends-ross-geller-pivoted-from-sartorial-disaster

      

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Prep talk: 'yindies' revive 80s Wall Street look for generation Z

By Priya Elan

Ironic take on corporate attire reboots yuppie look in age of The Crown and new Gossip Girl

In the ultimate moment of fashion revival, the 80s yuppie look is back – but with a difference. The “yindies” (young ironic nostalgic dresser), is bringing back the suited, Wall Street look but with a touch of knowing self-reference and elements of preppy style too.

The first cast photograph of the new Gossip Girl reboot, the current season of The Crown, which features Diana Spencer’s 1980s Sloane Ranger chic and the navy suit jacket of Donald Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper, have all riffed on the classic powersuit silhouette.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/22/yindies-80s-wall-street-generation-z-gossip-girl-the-crown

      

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Osman Yousefzada: 'Shades of unity in hope of a new brown and black coalition'

By Osman Yousefzada

Designer and writer Osman Yousefzada’s jumpsuit for Beyoncé shot him to instant fame. But it’s being the son of Pakistani-Afghan migrants that shaped him most. Here, he describes his personal and political struggle against racism, and why ethnic solidarity is paramount

Don’t go to bed!” my PR messaged from LA. It was midnight in the UK and Beyoncé was about to step out wearing one of my designs at the 2013 Grammys. The image of Beyoncé in my jumpsuit was everywhere the next day. The phone calls and emails flooded in; there were interview requests and order inquiries. With just one appearance, Beyoncé had put my emerging fashion label on the map. My appointment book was filled back-to-back for the international buying season in Paris the following month. Armed with my latest collection in two gigantic wheelie suitcases, I passed through security screening for the Eurostar train. Snaking through the immigration queue, I stepped forward to the counter with my British Passport in hand…

Before I tell you any more, there are two things you need to know about me. The first is that I am the British-born son of Pakistani-Afghan immigrants who came to the UK seeking a better life for themselves and their children. The second is that my skin tone is brown – brown enough for people throughout the course of my life to hurl a variety of racial slurs at me.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/22/osman-yousefzada-designer-and-writer-essay-on-tackling-race-in-britain-identity

      

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La vie en rose: pink shades for pretty eyes | Funmi Fetto

By Funmi Fetto

A grown-up approach to pink. Plus, anti-blemish skincare for all ages, a new scented candle and how to get a winter glow

Years ago, if anyone had mentioned the words “pink eye” I would have immediately linked it to a case of conjunctivitis. But not now. In makeup terms, the pink eye is literally that – pink eyeshadow. Less intimidating than blues and greens, more exciting than your standard brown. Ah, but let’s not dismiss browns entirely. If a solid pink eye feels too infantile and fancy-dress for you, simply add a hint of bronze or brown to the top of your lid. The result is something infinitely more subtle.

1. NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation £28, narscosmetics.co.uk
2. MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Explosive Chemistry £17.50, maccosmetics.co.uk
3. Milk Kush Fibre Brow Gel £21, cultbeauty.co.uk
4. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Bronze £27, harrods.com
5. Pat McGrath Labs, Luxe Lip Balm £24, selfridges.com

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/nov/22/la-vie-en-rose-pink-shades-for-pretty-eyes

      

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Face masks and lipstick do not mix – try these tinted balms

By Sali Hughes

Sheer tints give enough colour to feel pulled together, without risk of smudging

I miss lipstick. Or rather, I miss it in the outside world. At home, I now wear it constantly, such is my thirst for cheerful colour during these dark times. But when I’m on the move, a once-essential product has become problematic.

The feeling of lipstick against mask is distracting and unpleasant. Most lipsticks leave kiss prints on fabric, and lose definition from the friction. The overall effect is the opposite of lipstick’s usual upscaled smartness and ultimately seems more trouble than it’s worth.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/21/face-masks-and-lipstick-do-not-mix-try-these-tinted-balms

      

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Angelica Cheung: founding editor of Vogue China to leave after 15 years

By Priya Elan

High-profile editor leaves as Chinese audiences turn to social media influencers

Angelica Cheung, the founding editor of Vogue China and one of the most powerful people in fashion, is leaving the publication after 15 years.

Cheung has been credited with transforming the culture of fashion magazine journalism at Vogue China, whose rise paralleled the growth of the luxury fashion sector in China.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/20/angelica-cheung-founding-editor-of-vogue-china-to-leave-after-15-years

      

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'What he was doing was in plain sight': more ex-models accuse Gérald Marie of sexual assault

By Lucy Osborne

Exclusive: Another seven women come forward with allegations about the former Elite boss

Seven more women have come forward to accuse the former model agency boss Gérald Marie of sexual misconduct, adding to mounting allegations that have drawn parallels with the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Last month a Guardian investigation revealed that nine women had made sexual misconduct allegations against Marie, who for three decades was one of the most powerful men in the fashion industry.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/20/plain-sight-more-models-accuse-gerald-marie-sexual-assault-elite

      

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Smart glasses and a bold jumper: how to dress for a Zoom call | Priya Elan

By Priya Elan

You want to look so visually enticing that your boss won’t notice you’ve been saying the same thing, in different ways, for the last seven minutes

Well, here we are. Week 2,057 of working from home. How’s it going? Is your posture resembling a crumbling question mark yet? Have you become depressed because the biggest dilemma of your day will be which flavour crisp you’ll go for? Are you a millisecond from Googling “quickie divorces”?

One person who is loving this strange era must be Mr Zoom. Despite many of us wanting to silently scream at every new invitation link, video conferences and meetings remain inescapable. And the platforms proliferate. There’s your Google Meet, your BlueJeans and there is Zoom – the one where the etiquette still confuses me. Am I allowed to change my background to a wall-sized photo of the young Drew Barrymore at Studio 54, or is that considered rude?

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/20/smart-glasses-bold-jumper-how-to-dress-for-a-zoom-call

      

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'Well put together': the style legacy of lovers rock

By Lauren Cochrane

Lovers Rock, the latest film in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, focuses on the British reggae genre of the same name – and its clothes. From sharp suits to frilled frocks, dressing up to the nines was central

Early on in Steve McQueen’s film Lovers Rock, two girls arrive at a party. The man on the door, impressed with their outfits, lets them in for nothing. “It’s lovely to have such well put together ladies,” he says. “Well put together” could be the motto for the style of the lovers rock scene in the black British community of the 70s and early 80s: frilled dresses, smart suits and “done” hair were central. The narrative here, a sweet love story with extended dance sequences to Janet Kay’s 1979 hit Silly Games, as well as Carl Douglas’s Kung-Fu Fighting, is even more evocative thanks to a look that feels glamorous and also new.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/20/well-put-together-the-style-legacy-of-lovers-rock

      

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