Celebrity Archive

Is celebrity jewellery worth more than normal jewellery?

First reactions are instinctive, not intellectual. So when we first learned that Kim Kardashian had been robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel suite, everyone – except the swivel-eyed trolls who said she deserved it – was horrified. But later, we started thinking. We couldn’t help it: the five-strong band of thieves reportedly took jewellery worth more than $10m (almost £8m), including a ring reputedly worth between $4m …

Show’s over for veteran fashion elite as style insurgents seize front row

This was meant to be Vogue’s year. The British version of the magazine turned 100, resulting in, among other celebratory goings-on, an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Vogue 100: A Century of Style, telling the story of one of the world’s most influential magazines. But a turn of events, and the social media reaction, threw a stiletto at the brand’s well-manicured public appearance and …

When did street style become more important than the catwalk?

It seems that the majority of the coverage of fashion weeks is not of the clothes on the runways but the ridiculous ones worn by people at the shows. Why is this? And isn’t this kind of blatant attention-seeking a bit tragic? Carole, by email You are absolutely right, Carole, that the shows have become at least as much about the clothes people wear as …

Olivier Rousteing Balmain interview

A gorgeous July day in Paris, the haute couture shows are in full swing and the Four Seasons hotel is in glamour lockdown. A motorcade of buffed, black, presidential-scale cars lines the kerb outside its street entrance, currently occupied by two women in red-carpet hair and makeup who have paused at the exit for a prolonged session with a selfie stick. Inside, a chandelier the …

Stylewatch: Rocco Ritchie's Alexander Wang/Adidas Originals campaign

During the protracted Ciccone-Ritchie custody battle a strange thing revealed itself: Rocco Ritchie was a style icon. Now, when we say “style icon”, we don’t mean in the classic sense like, say, Steve McQueen or David Bowie. No, we mean it in a slightly left-of-centre kind of way. At the time of The Troubles, Ritchie Jr would appear in various paparazzi shots beaming in a …

Frank Ocean’s mum: ‘He’s so proud of what I’ve done’

When Katonya Breaux asked Twitter about sunscreen that does not leave a white sheen on darker skin, she spotted a hole in the market. She also realised that many people were unaware of the dangers of exposure to the sun. “There is a learning gap between women of colour,” she says. Speaking from her home in Calabasas, California, she tells me about UnSun – a …

#nomakeup: would you go au naturel like Adele?

Would you dare to bare all in public? We’re not talking nudity here – nothing so crass, but the idea of sharing photos of yourself without the benefit of complexion-enhancing foundation, eye-framing mascara and a pop of colour on your lips and cheeks. Your face, in all its naked glory, staring out from your friends’ Facebook timelines and strangers’ Instagram feeds. Would you? I confess, …

Stylewatch: David Beckham's horse head tattoo

For people of a certain age, we have measured our lives not with coffee spoons, but with David Beckham tattoos. We remember exactly where we were when we heard about the Guardian Angel on his back, his misspelt Sanskrit one (“Vihctoria”. Awks) and “Brooklyn” written in gothic font. But in the same way you stop being able to see distinct shapes after a minor concussion …

#FreeThePeen: why are male celebrities getting naked?

Last week, photos of Orlando Bloom paddle-boarding with girlfriend Katy Perry appeared online. One thing that was strange about these photos was that Bloom appeared very, very much naked. The internet shrieked with aubergine emojis, commentary that used the word “junk” and suggestions this “junk” (as obscured by a big black rectangle) was in fact the rescued black box flight recorder from Flight 370. (Keeping …