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'Clock is ticking' on companies exploiting 'gig economy' says Labour MP

Influential Labour MP Frank Field has said the “clock is ticking” against companies who exploit workers trapped in the gig economy. On Thursday ministers ordered a crackdown on companies using large numbers of self-employed or agency workers following an investigation by the Guardian into low pay at the delivery company Hermes. Field warned that other firms could now face scrutiny, revealing his office had been …

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 …

Victims of acid attacks honoured in lead-up to London fashion week

Two women who were badly scarred when they had acid thrown at them will be taking to the catwalk this week at a charity gala event in the lead-up to London fashion week. Adele Bellis, 24, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, and Laxmi, 26, from Delhi, will be joining models on the catwalk for a show run by the British Asian Trust and a charity, GMSP, …

Philip Kingsley obituary

Philip Kingsley, who has died aged 86, began his career sweeping hair from the floor of a Bethnal Green salon, and broke through the shame barrier around thin or limp locks in both sexes to become the senior trichologist for celebrities and the beauty business. Kingsley took hair, and its effect on confidence, seriously, and made of his affinity with it a considerable business in …

Fashion industry told to end its quest for ‘unattainable thinness’

The Women’s Equality party is to launch an unprecedented campaign aimed at radically changing the way the fashion industry treats body size and shape. Coinciding with London fashion week, which will run from 16-20 September, the initiative will call for an end to unrealistically small “sample sizes” – the sizes in which designers show their new creations – and demand a minimum body mass index …

Good riddance to summer, a thoroughly un-British season | Trevor Mitchell

The British don’t really do summer. It’s not necessarily that we don’t want to, but temperamentally we are autumnal, northern souls, and the imminent return of autumn is as welcoming as a comfortable old coat. For it means that we can finally ditch the pretence that we enjoy summer and its enforced, ersatz fun in the sun for another year. Our collective folk memory of …

Cargo shorts – practical clothing or man-shaming stupid pants?

I’ve recently seen a lot about cargo shorts in the news. What’s going on?Ben, by email Ding dong merrily on high, it’s because they have finally been banned by international law! At long last, the European court of human rights has decreed that these hideous, multi-pocketed monstrosities contravene my human rights by appearing in my line of vision on every third man in the street …