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The Fashion Awards 2016: diverse models and streetwear to be recognised

The Fashion Awards – formerly known as the British Fashion Awards or BFAs – which honour key members of the industry who have made an impact over the past year, have released the 2016 nominations. Among the usual suspects and usual categories – which include Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane for best british brand and Alessandro Michele and Donatella Versace for international ready-to-wear designer – …

Eric Underwood: ‘I was told, you’re black, wear black ballet shoes’

If you’re not a morning person, don’t have breakfast with Royal Ballet star Eric Underwood. The 32-year-old beams with the sort of superhero levels of confidence and joy that would make anyone feel a bit Eeyore-ish by comparison. As he tucks into his meal (two fried eggs with a side of chorizo; he leaves the toast), he even says, “I just really enjoy being myself.” …

Viktor & Rolf: from Flowerbomb to a 70kg outfit – in pictures

The Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf is renowned for blurring the lines between fashion and art, from porcelain dolls in miniature haute couture to dresses with their own lighting rigs. This week, the National Gallery of Victoria opened the world premiere of a new exhibition, Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists, showcasing the designers’ intricate and experimental work from their 24-year collaborative partnership. The following …

After the hipster: are you a createenager or a hugger mugger? Let's hope not

After 10 years of media stories on The Death of the Hipster, the powers that be at the ever-relevant BBC4 finally decided that they should look into this hipster thing. Clare Balding being unavailable, they alighted on Peter York, 72, author of 1982’s The Sloane Ranger Handbook and former chairman of a DTI committee. The resulting documentary is due to air later this year. Unfortunately, …

'No one in fashion really cares about a diverse world' – R J Hernández

When An Innocent Fashion was published in the summer Vanity Fair breathlessly called it The Devil Wears Prada for millennials. Like Lauren Weisberger, 26-year-old author R J Hernández interned at Vogue and had seemingly written a tell-all about his experiences. “A lot of the book was inspired by my time working at Vogue and then afterwards at Elle and W magazine. I took my experiences …

Barbican exhibition delves into 'vulgar' fashion

What constitutes good – or bad – taste? That is the central question posed at the Barbican’s new exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined. Taking in 500 years of fashion, and featuring over 40 designers, it brings together garments that were, and are, considered “vulgar”, but the connotations are not necessarily negative. Co-curator Judith Clark said: “It’s meant to celebrate, not to humiliate.” Clark’s fellow curator …

Would you let your arm be randomly inked by a tattooist to the stars?

By 10am, the queue at the Lazarides Gallery in Covent Garden, London, is like the line for Centre Court, or for the release of Apple’s latest brushed aluminium thingy. The first queuers deposited themselves on the pavement at about 2am. Now, the line has wrapped around three sides of a block, and is in danger of lapping itself. The reason is Scott Campbell’s The Whole …

Katie Melua: ‘I’ve started making my wardrobe a uniform’

My routine takes about an hour and a half. I like to play a classic Brazilian album called Elis and Tom by Regina Elis and Tom Jobim. It makes you think you are driving through Italy in a convertible in summer; it’s an instant mood-changer. When I do my own makeup, I limit my options: I have one Mac eye colour, a neutral shade with a bit …

Dakota Fanning: ‘There was an expectation – to fail, to succeed’

Dakota Fanning, who has been working for 16 years and is still only 22, remembers the birthdays of her childhood not by the parties or the presents, but according to the movie sets she was on at the time. The year she turned seven, for example, she was filming I Am Sam, her first movie, in which she appeared with Sean Penn, whom her mother …

Stylewatch: Tom Hiddleston in Gucci Cruise

It’s tempting to imagine this richly hued mise-en-scene captioned with the words: “Mr Hiddleston and Ms Taylor Swift welcome you to their tasteful bedroom.” The text might then go on to say something like: “The dynamic power couple, shown here locking eyes after signing their nondisclosure agreement, are enjoying some time away from their busy careers, in their palatial Lake Como mansion.” But that would …