Festival footwear icons

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The Ferris wheel and palm trees of Coachella have officially kicked off the festival season in style. Celebrities descended on Palm Springs looking every inch the festi pros with their statement sandals and rock ‘n’ roll-inspired looks. Follow our favourite fashion acts and see how they headline their footwear.

Kate Moss
Three words sum up supermodel Kate Moss’s festival style: Rock Chick Extraordinaire. She single-handedly started the denim cut-off and wellie boot combo in 2005 that’s now become a festival-goer uniform. Kate’s always been faithful to her Hunter boots – no fancy colourways or prints, just dark neutrals. If the weather doesn’t require rubber soles, work her look with strappy gladiators. Stick to black leather for extra edge.

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Rihanna
RiRi’s backstage gear is a departure from her risqué stage outfits. She still rocks high-octane separates and accessories but pares down pieces with beanie hats and leather trainers for a streetwear vibe. Channel off-duty Rihanna with Vans skater shoes. If you’d rather flaunt your toes, get a statement pedicure and be inspired by RiRi’s gold bling with a pair of glossy metallic sandals to decorate your feet.

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Rita Ora
Rita doesn’t shy away from bold colour, whether she’s on stage or band spectating. Toughen up a chic dress with a pair of heavy boots, just as she did with her sunset-inspired Stella McCartney dress last year at Glastonbury. Switch from classic black to patent blue Dr. Martens to tap into Rita’s rainbow style. And never miss a festival act with a pair of Nike runners – the brighter the better.

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Jourdan Dunn
Off-duty models have been nailing the normcore trend for years – think low-key, everyday fashion made fabulous by the person wearing them. Jourdan Dunn flaunts her endless pins to the max in teeny cut-off shorts and high-tops. Achieve the same effect with Converse classics and choose a bright colour to swerve mud splashes. For a more feminine vibe, try matching staple denim shorts to your footwear with Toms’ crochet slip-ons.

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Harry Styles
Keith Richards seems to be Harry’s style muse right now and that means lots of black, super-skinny trousers, and head scarves. Style yourself like Styles by steering clear of crisp white trainers in favour of stripped-back black and minimal branding. For something smarter, try a suede Chelsea boot – still just as comfy for sprinting away from groupies.

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Free summer festivals

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If you’re strapped for cash this summer but are still craving some festival action, never fear – there are plenty of freebie events taking place across the country. Grab your wellies and give one of these a try…

Shoreditch Festival

Dates are yet to be released for this year’s Shoreditch Festival but a quick scan of the official Facebook page shows that plans are very much afoot. In previous years the free annual event has taken place across a weekend in June and featured musical performances, street theatre shows and circus acts. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Brixton Splash

Brixton Splash 2014 will take place on August 3 with the action kicking off at midday. The annual music event puts the focus firmly on local talent and you can expect anything from reggae to r’n’b and house. The festival finishes at 7pm, but there are normally after parties held at local clubs.

Feel Good Festival

Full details are yet to be released but Rochdale Council has confirmed that the Feel Good Festival will hit the north-west town on August 29 and 30. Once again the free two-day food and music extravaganza is likely to welcome a host of celeb chefs and well-known artists. Past performers include Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Martha Reeves, The Lightning Seeds and Badly Drawn Boy.

Clarence Park Music Festival

Why splash out on Leeds Fest tickets when you can see some musical talent just down the road in Wakefield for free? This year’s Clarence Park Music Festival will take place on July 26 and 27 and will feature a range of local and national bands. OK, the line-up may not be as star-studded as at Leeds, but the food stalls will be cheaper!

South Tyneside Summer Festival

This event lasts all summer, with the seafront hosting a range of acts over three months. Acts are definitely on the cheesy side, with Liberty X, Toploader and Rick Astley all featuring last year.

Monmouth Music Festival

This nine-day event is one of the biggest free festivals in the UK. From July 25, the Welsh town will be welcoming a range of musicians covering pretty much every genre you can think of.

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Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican

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Celebrating avant-garde design and cutting-edge catwalk collections, the new Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican in London is at the top of our to-do list this weekend.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is open now until the 25th August, and is the first major exhibition dedicated to the legendary French fashion designer. It explores the inspiration behind Gaultier’s collections and charts his signature style over the course of his illustrious 40-year career.

The exhibition features no fewer than 165 of Gaultier’s creations, from Madonna’s cone bra and Kylie’s stage outfits to film costumes and iconic catwalk pieces from the 1970s to the present day.

The extensive exhibition mirrors the ground-breaking theatricality of Gaultier’s catwalk shows with mannequins that have been brought to life with video projectors, enabling them to smile and speak to you as you make your way around the space.

What’s more, collaborations with artists such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle and Andy Warhol are on show as well as footage from catwalk presentations, concerts and music videos, making this a must-visit exhibition.

Beat the queues and get your tickets online now!

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As seen in Company

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We love spotting our shoes in the pages of our favourite magazines and boy, has this been a busy month!

Our must-read monthly, Company, has featured a host of our hottest summer styles in the latest issue and we’ve got them right here online. From leopard-print wedges to metallic silver shoe boots, we’ve picked our favourites that have been featured in the magazine and compiled them together in our Company edit.

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Make sure you pick up the latest issue of Company – on news stands now – to see them all!

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Our favourite fashion tweeters

Whether its red-carpet style or behind-the-scenes selfies, Twitter is our favourite way to keep our finger on the fashion pulse.

We’ve rounded up five stylish tweeters who will ensure your Twitter timeline is full of the best news, gossip and goings-on in the fashion world.

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Susie Bubble @susiebubble

London-based blogger Susie Bubble gets access to the hottest shows and fashion previews. This week she’s been at Fashion Week in Australia, snapping catwalk shots and generally having an amazing time. Jealous? Not us…

Joe Zee @mrjoezee

The flamboyant creative director of US Elle magazine is a must-follow for any fashion lover. He’s often found jetting around the world, hanging out with his famous pals and being generally fabulous. Selfie with Julia Roberts? Check. Red carpet shots from the Oscars? Check.

Ella Gregory @cocosteaparty

Fashion blogger Coco’s Tea Party has earned her place in the Independent’s Twitter 100 thanks to her insightful tweets and links to her on-trend outfits. We want every single one of her wardrobe must-haves!

Victoria Beckham @victoriabeckham

Mrs Beckham was a latecomer to Twitter but she was well worth the wait. We can’t decide what we love more; the snaps of items from her wardrobe, the insights into her design process or the adorable pictures of life at Chez Beckham.

Anna Dello Russo @annadellorusso

Fashion editor Anna Dello Russo is renowned for her extensive (and VERY expensive) wardrobe and we love seeing it in action as she tweets snaps from fashion shows and other suitably glamorous events.

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Our top 5 summer flats

Whether you’re city living or beach hopping, we’ve got a range of flats to get your summer wardrobe started.

Read on to see our five favourites that every girl should own.

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1. Bold and bright loafers
The bright colour and classic style make these red patent loafers a sure-fire winner in our eyes.

2. Slip ons
The skater-girl trend is big for SS14 so make these holographic slips ons your weekend essential. The oil-slick finish gives them an added edge.

3. Pointed flats
Fusing Scandinavian minimalism with a ladylike pointed toe, these Cheap Monday flats are perfect for the office.

4. Boyish brogues
The crisp white colour instantly refreshes these boyish brogues for summer – lace them up with workwear or weekend dresses.

5. Printed slippers
Mix and match your prints with these paisley slippers. What’s more, they’re foldable, so you can slip them into your bag for post dancing.

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Superga collaborates with Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Superga has teamed up with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to create a limited edition pair of trainers and we’ve got them right here.

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The iconic 2750 style by Superga has been launched in summery Begonia Pink and features the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer logo on the vulcanised rubbed sole. With 30% of the proceeds going to charity, the trainers will help raise vital funds for the UK’s leading fashion charity campaign that is now in its 18th year.

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This limited edition style is only available for six weeks, so get them today to help raise money for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and add a pop of colour to your step.

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Fashion fallouts

For the most part, the fashion pack seem to get on pretty well with one another and are forever schmoozing at shows and being complimentary of each other’s collections. But every now and again, someone makes a faux pas and there’s an almighty fashion fallout.

The latest row to hit the headlines is between designers Domecico Dolce and Stefan Gabbana and their celeb pal Victoria Beckham, after the pair questioned the former Spice Girl’s talent as a designer.

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Speaking at a recent event, Gabbana said: “She’s a friend. She make a good job but… for us, she don’t make the same way like a fashion designer.

“She become after many, many, many different things. She’s a designer but…”

Dolce twisted the knife in further by comparing VB’s line to high street favourites Zara and H&M.

Victoria has yet to respond but we can imagine she won’t be seen in any D&G designs anytime soon!

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We take a look at some other famous fashion fallouts from recent years.

Karl Lagerfeld vs Azzedine Alaia

Karl Lagerfeld has form when it comes to trading barbs with fellow designers, but the insults he directed at fellow designer Azzedine Alaia were particularly cutting. Speaking about a retrospective of the designer’s work, Lagerfeld said: “If you want to see a retrospective of Azzedine Alaia, just look at what he’s doing now.” Ouch!

Roberto Cavalli vs Giorgio Armani

Cavalli insulted fellow designer Armani by claiming there is an “abyss” between them and saying that the new Armani hotel looked like a psychiatric hospital.

Vivienne Westwood vs Alexander McQueen

There was certainly no love lost between Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, with Ms Westwood saying: “His only usefulness is as a measure of zero talent.” McQueen retorted by saying that Westwood was starting to sound “naff”.

Karl Lagerfeld vs Yves St Laurent

The master of the fashion insult Karl Lagerfeld strikes again! Back in the 1980s he deemed Yves St Laurent to be “very middle-of-the-road French-very pied-noir, very provincial”.

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Your guide to making eggs-cellent Easter eggs

It’s almost that time of year again, when we get to gorge ourselves silly on tasty chocolate treats, all in the name of Easter.

But this year, rather than buying a bunch of Easter eggs from the supermarket we thought we might try making our own. If you fancy following in our culinary footsteps, here’s a guide to making your own chocolate eggs-travaganza (sorry we can’t help ourselves!)

What you’ll need

  •  Chocolate; dark, milk, white or all three. About 300g should make eight small eggs.
  • Easter egg moulds; you can pick these up in most specialist cook shops or on good old eBay.
  • A saucepan, heat-proof bowl, spoons and pastry brush.
  • Icing, piping bags, food colouring and your choice of sweets to decorate.

Get cooking

Making your own Easter eggs is easy peasy. First you need to temper the chocolate (don’t be tempted to stick it in the microwave, or you’ll end up with

a burnt mess). To temper chocolate simply break it up into small pieces, place in a heat-proof bowl and pop over a saucepan full of water, on a gentle heat. Stir until melted.

While the chocolate is cooling slightly, it’s time to prep your moulds by polishing the inside with oil. This will prevent your eggs from sticking and also give them a shiny appearance like shop bought ones.

Now you’re ready to start making the eggs. You spoon your melted chocolate into the moulds and use a pastry brush to spread it into a thick even layer. You can then leave it to cool upside down so that any excess chocolate drips off. After ten minutes or so, repeat this process another two or three times until you have a lovely thick egg in each mould.

Leave to set in a cool place.

Once the chocolate has hardened, you can remove the egg halves from the moulds and stick them together by gently warming the edges so they soften and then pushing them together.

Now it’s time for the real fun; decorating your eggs! You can let your creative sides run wild and use coloured icing to pipe designs on, or ice blobs all over the

egg and stick sweets on.

To keep your eggs still while you decorate, why not pop them on top of a mug or egg cup?

Top tips

  •  If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try filling your eggs with sweets before sealing the two halves together?
  •  If you want truly colourful eggs, you can buy coloured chocolate candy melts from most supermarkets.
  •  A great way to heat the edges before you stick the eggs together is to briefly pop them down on a warm baking tray. Don’t leave them too long though!

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European festivals to try this summer

If you’re not thrilled by the Leeds and Reading line-ups, you’ve ‘done’ Bestival and you can’t get hold of Glasto tickets, why not swap your wellies for sandals and branch out and try one of the festivals which take place across Europe each summer?

We take a look at some of the hottest festivals on the continent taking place over the coming months.

 

Benicassim – July 17-20

Combine the festival experience with a beach holiday at Benicassim on the Spanish Costa del Azahar. There’ll be sun, sea, sand and some of our favourite artists including Lily Allen, Kasabian, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding AND the Manic Street Preachers.

FOR in Croatia – June 19-20

If you hate having to pick and choose between which act to watch the FOR In Croatia is the festival for you. None of the performances clash with one another, saving you from making some tricky decisions. There are also plenty of gaps in the schedule so you can enjoy the local beaches. This year’s line-up includes Klaxons, Mark Ronson, Factory Floor, Haim and Erol Alkan.

Primavera in Barcelona – May 29-31

Also hitting Spain this summer is Primavera, a must-play festival for any act that wants to be seen as successful. This year’s stellar line-up includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Disclosure, Slowdive, Haim and Sky Ferreira.

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Szignet in Budapest – August 11-18

If you like your festivals big, then Szignet is the one for you. With stages spread over 50 venues and more than 200 performances across the weekend, it’s no wonder the event attracts almost 400,000 people from across the globe each year. This year the acts not to miss include Bastille and Calvin Harris.

Iceland Airwaves  – November 5-9

Who says festivals are just for the summer? You’ll have to wait until November to jet off to Reykjavik to enjoy Iceland Airwaves, but we promise it will be worth it. Spend your days in the hot springs before dancing away to performances by the likes of the Flaming Lips and East India Youth in the evenings.

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