Israeli-Russian designers win Fashion Fringe Award

By Jan Shure, September 23, 2011

Fyodor Golan, the design label which is a collaboration between Russian-born Fyodor Podgorny and Israeli Golan Frydman, is the winner of this year's coveted Fashion Fringe Award.

The award, which was made during London Fashion Week, was created by fashion commentator Colin McDowell in association with IMG Fashion.


Right hair, right now

By Daralyn Danns, August 1, 2011

From flowing waves to Cheryl Cole-style "big hair" and full-on candy floss frizz, the styles for summer and autumn are full of movement, volume and texture and - like the seasons' fashion they are designed to complement - they owe a lot to earlier decades.


Your guide to solar power

By Jan Shure, May 23, 2011

If you thought tanning got complicated when SPF numbers were introduced back in the 1980s, you may find that the labelling introduced following last year's round of EU sun-screen regulations drives you to a darkened room for a little lie down.


Vintage view of an old-fashioned girl

By Jessica Elgot, January 10, 2011

There is barely a current fashion trend that doesn't owe its provenance to the latter half of the 20th century: sweetheart necklines and below-the-knee pencil skirts from the 50s, ladylike A-line shift dresses from the 60s and batwings and beading from the 70s. Naturally, the high street faithfully replicates the fashion of these eras but, as many women have discovered, why buy new when you can be totally authentic with vintage.

One woman who has been buying vintage since long before it became cool is Leeds-born Judy Berger, founder of the Affordable Vintage Fair.


Cupboard luvvies: time for that closet clear-out

By Jan Shure, December 29, 2010

It's not sexy, we know; and it is reminiscent of the lectures we all got/get from our mothers, but it really can be cathartic (not to say hugely practical) to give your closet a clear-out. And right now, in that window between winter-sales splurging and planning spring purchases, is the perfect moment to do it: to decide what to keep and what to send to the local All Aboard shop, even - quaint, old-fashioned thought - to decide what to repair and what, in these recessionary times, might be given a bit of va-voom with some TLC and, maybe, some new buttons.


Elizabeth reigns

By Jan Shure, September 21, 2010

According to F Scott Fitzgerald, there are no second acts. Well try telling that to Elizabeth Emanuel, who on Tuesday night was due to perform not her second act but her fourth.


Resting on her florals

By Lianne Kolirin, September 21, 2010

A new skincare collection based around the white peony has been launched by a woman with no previous experience of the beauty industry.

Dianna Cohen was on a business trip to Taiwan four years ago when she noticed the smooth, youthful skin of the women and began asking questions.

"I discovered that the local women regularly consume the root and petals of the white peony, which is a natural antioxidant and has been known for hundreds of years for its healing and beauty properties," she explained.


Big girls' blouses are having a moment

By Jan Shure, September 17, 2010

Serendipitously, the garment set to have a real fashion moment this season - a ladylike blouse - happens to make the perfect transitional piece at this time of year. The blouse is the ideal apparel for early-autumn, when it can be too mild to plunge into winter's fashion-fabulous pieces such as aviator jackets, fur collar tailored jackets and perfectly groomed, minimal-chic coats, yet is also too late for tribal-print maxis no matter how balmy the weather.


Jump on board the camel train

By Jan Shure, September 8, 2010

Let's be clear. When every fashion page - including this one two weeks ago, and our glossy Edge - is telling you to get into camel, they/we are talking "fashion" camel, which is anything approximating to that pale toffee shade, rather than to a garment made from the fine, soft, warm and prohibitively expensive hair of an actual camel.


Magical millinery? Thank Mad Men

By Jan Shure, September 3, 2010

It is impossible to ignore the influence that the 1950s and early 60s are currently exerting on trends - big skirts, wide, waist-cinching belts, capes, hairbands, below-the-knee pencil skirts, soft blouses, nipped-waist jackets...