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Sole traders: how sneakers became as collectable as art

Sale of Kanye West’s 2008 Grammys pair for $1.8m heralded era of investment grade trainersTo most people they just look like a pair of trainers or sneakers, but for Gerome Sapp the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes represent a watershed moment in design and modern commerce. “If you’re a sneakerhead, you know that sneaker,” says Sapp.The art market is paying attention, too. The shoes, co-designed by Kanye West and worn by him to the Grammys in 2008, became the most expensive ever sold when Sapp’s compa...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Life and style, UK News, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Women's Shoes, Grammys, Sapp, Sotheby, Nike Air Yeezy, Men's Shoes, Rares


Oh yes! The best books about sex

From a guide to being an ‘ethical slut’ to Charlotte Roche’s disturbing Wetlands, historian Kate Lister picks the best books about the beauty, ugliness and joy of sexualityFrom sex history and modern erotica to self-help books and the art of penis origami, sex is a topic that spans every generation and culture in the world, so any “best” list can only offer the books that have meant the most to me, personally and professionally, as a historian of sex.Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasi...
Tags: Books, Sex, Life and style, Culture, Mitchell, Kate Lister, Sarah Baartman, Charlotte Roche, Robin Mitchell, Nineteenth Century France


Would you pay £99,000 for this self-lacing Nike? Sneakers Unboxed review

Design Museum, LondonFrom battered Vans to box-fresh Adidas, how did sneakers become an $80bn-a-year global industry? This fun show has all the answers – including how to get really fat laces‘It was all about being the freshest,” says Koe Rodriguez, toothbrush in hand. “That’s how you pulled honeys, how you got respect from the hard rocks. That’s how you laid your game down. It was all about being fresh.” The hip-hop historian’s not talking about his teeth, though, but his sneakers.Rodriguez app...
Tags: Fashion, Nike, Sport, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Rodriguez, Koe Rodriguez


Outrage as male voice actor dubs Laverne Cox in Italian-language Promising Young Woman

Cox’s character in the revenge thriller given deep voice of Roberto Pedicini, sparking backlash over European dubbing of trans actorsThe Italian-language version of Emerald Fennell’s revenge thriller Promising Young Woman has come under fire for giving trans actor Laverne Cox a male voice. Scheduled to hit theatres across the country on 13 May, the release has been pushed back after a clip of Una Donna Promettente was posted by Universal Pictures Italy on 6 May. In the since-restricted video, Co...
Tags: Europe, Business, Gender, Film, Women, Disney, America, Life and style, Society, World news, Film Industry, Netflix, Transgender, Culture, Italy, Men


Sole of a nation: how Clarks became Jamaica’s favourite footwear

There has long been a unique connection between the Somerset-based shoe-maker and the Caribbean island. It goes way beyond shoes - as a new edition of book Clarks in Jamaica demonstratesThe reggae producer Bunny Lee said: “Clarks stand the test of time inna Jamaica. All the other shoes come and bow down at Clarks’ foot.” DJ Trinity said in the 70s that you couldn’t get a girlfriend if you didn’t wear Clarks. And the dancehall star Vybz Kartel dedicated no fewer than three hit songs to the shoes....
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, Americas, Life and style, World news, Culture, Women's Shoes, Jamaica, Reggae, Caribbean, Clarks, Vybz Kartel, Men's Shoes, Bunny lee, DJ Trinity


Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, welcome to everyone else’s sad-potato life

As the health guru and actor reveals she went ‘off the rails’ by drinking every day during lockdown, I say those rails are our lives – is this a sales pitch?In these dark times, it’s nice to be reminded of our worth every now and again. And, with that in mind, perhaps we should all now repeat a quick affirmation: you are more powerful than Gwyneth Paltrow.Of course you are. In a recent interview, Paltrow revealed that she had gone “totally off the rails” during the Covid pandemic by drinking two...
Tags: Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paltrow


Shaun Ryder: ‘I was a heroin addict for 20-odd years, but there’s been no damage off that’

From ADHD to alopecia and learning the alphabet at 28, the Happy Mondays singer has had a wild, eventful life. He discusses hedonism, parenting – and why he has to spend so much time correcting BezShaun Ryder is being uncharacteristically quiet. That’s because he’s mistakenly stuck himself on mute and can’t work out how to turn on the microphone of the computer he’s on. We spend a rather amusing (and awkward) five minutes mouthing silently at each other, pointing fingers and shrugging shoulders,...
Tags: Music, Life and style, Culture, Salford, I'm A Celebrity, Shaun Ryder, Shaun, Joanne, Bez, Ryder, Happy Mondays, BezShaun Ryder


Bobby Gillespie: ‘I am a lead singer, I love myself’

The musician on his Raquel Welch wallpaper, crying when Maradona died and breaking his back in four placesBorn in Glasgow, Bobby Gillespie, 58, founded Primal Scream in 1982. The band’s third album, Screamadelica, won the 1992 Mercury music prize. Utopian Ashes, Gillespie’s album with Jehnny Beth, is released on 2 July; their single, Remember We Were Lovers, is out now. He lives in London with his wife, fashion stylist Katy England, and two sons.When were you happiest?Standing on stage in betwee...
Tags: Music, London, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Dance music, Glasgow, Gillespie, Primal Scream, Maradona, Jehnny Beth, Robert Young, Bobby Gillespie, Raquel Welch, Andrew Innes, Katy England


Rock that body: how the Mugler catsuit is shaping pop

From Billie Eilish to Beyoncé, the Mugler outfit has become the natural successor to Madonna’s bustierPop music has a new uniform. The feline, figure-hugging Mugler bodysuit, with its generous cutouts, has become ubiquitous with the biggest female singers. Billie Eilish wore one for her recent Vogue cover shoot, Beyoncé was in one on the cover of the same magazine’s December issue, as was Dua Lipa at the MTV Europe music awards, while Miley Cyrus wore hers accessorised with silver jewellery at t...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Beyonce, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Vogue, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Women's Tops, Cardi B, Cardi, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, MTV Europe


‘We go after them like pitbulls’ – the art detective who hunts stolen Picassos and lost Matisses

Christopher Marinello has spent three decades finding missing masterpieces, recovering half a billion dollars’ worth of art. He talks about threats from mobsters, tricky negotiations – and bungling thievesOne summer morning in 2008, Christopher Marinello was waiting on 72nd Street in Manhattan, New York. The traffic was busy, but after a few minutes he saw what he was waiting for: a gold Mercedes with blacked-out windows drew near. As it pulled up to the kerb, a man in the passenger seat held a ...
Tags: Art, Crime, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Exhibitions, US crime, The art market, Art Theft, Collecting, Van Gogh, Manhattan New York, Marinello, Paul Delvaux


‘You love me? I can’t take that to the bank’: Johnny Vegas on money, fame and grief

Lockdown and the loss of both parents have transformed the entertainer. He talks about the disappointments of TV, outgrowing his comic persona – and his move into the glamping businessI remember the buzz around Johnny Vegas at the Edinburgh fringe in 1997. Everyone knew a star was being born – but a star of what, exactly? No one had ever seen anything quite like this overweight northerner, screaming and sobbing at his audience, raging at life’s injustices – then breaking off for another bout at ...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Life and style, Culture, Death and dying, Channel 4, Edinburgh, Glamping, Bereavement, Camping Holidays, Johnny Vegas, ITV Digital People


‘10,000 tiny instruments’: how Lego made the experimental album of 2021

With the soothing noise of its bricks clicking against one another, Lego White Noise joins the ranks of great musique concrète – and documents a potentially doomed soundOut of my headphones comes a flow of odd, weirdly tactile sound: what could be an army of ants marching across a plain of contact mics, a landslide of scree recorded from a mile away, or perhaps the first field recording taken from Ingenuity, the tiny robotic helicopter currently flying sorties above the Martian landscape. Delica...
Tags: Toys, Music, Life and style, Lego, Culture, Experimental music, LEGO White Noise, The Wire magazine


One of the world's most famous restaurants is cutting meat and fish from its menu

The meal follows recipes by chef Daniel Humm. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Blancpain Eleven Madison Park will no longer serve its famous lavender-and-honey glazed duck or butter-poached lobster. The restaurant will be entirely vegan except for the option to have milk with tea and honey. It will be the first three-Michelin-star restaurant to do away with meat and seafood. See more stories on Insider's business page. Daniel Humm, a world-renowned chef and the owner of one of the worl...
Tags: New York, News, Life, Restaurants, Trends, Culture, Retail, Michelin, Wall Street Journal, Vegan, National Restaurant Association, Emp, Queens New York, Eleven Madison Park, Humm, Pandemic


Billie Eilish says all her age group have suffered sexual misbehaviour

US singer, 19, made claim in Vogue interview when discussing new single about abusive relationshipBillie Eilish has spoken about the prevalence of sexual exploitation of minors in an interview, saying “it’s everywhere”.Speaking about her new single, Your Power, which addresses an abusive relationship between a minor and an older person, the 19-year-old singer told Vogue that all her peers had experienced some sort of sexual impropriety. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Vogue, Sexual Harassment, Billie Eilish


Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix: ‘Being Black is my power. I want young Black girls to see that’

In her early days with the girl band, Pinnock felt invisible and couldn’t understand why. Then the role of race became clearLeigh-Anne Pinnock has been living the pop star dream ever since she was 19 and stepped on to a stage to audition for The X Factor, singing Rihanna’s Only Girl (In the World). She has now spent almost a decade in one of the UK’s biggest girl groups. But she had a difficult start with Little Mix, and not because she didn’t get on with her bandmates. She felt “invisible”, and...
Tags: Music, UK, Television, Celebrity, Rihanna, Race, Life and style, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Surrey, Black, Andre Gray, Little Mix, Leigh Anne Pinnock, Pinnock


Billie Eilish: Your Power review – chilling ballad seeps under your skin

For the first single from her hugely anticipated second album, Eilish uses a disarmingly dreamy sound to confront a man preying on a young womanTo say that Billie Eilish’s forthcoming third album is eagerly-awaited is an understatement. It wasn’t just that 2019’s triple-Grammy winning When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was incredibly popular, although it was. Eilish was already a phenomenon among tweenage girls, but its commercial success – it went platinum or multi-platinum in 17 countrie...
Tags: Music, Women, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, James Bond, Sexual Harassment, Tyler The Creator, Pete Townshend, Rolling Stone Magazine, Billie Eilish, Eilish, Finneas


Solange Knowles with her hair clips in: Carlota Guerrero’s best photograph

‘This was used as the cover of A Seat at the Table. We left her clips in to show vulnerability – but she still wanted to have a strong gaze, to look people in the eye’Gallery: the style-setting photography of Carlota GuerreroIn 2016, Solange Knowles’s manager contacted me on Instagram, asking if I wanted to art direct her new album, A Seat at the Table. I was working in Barcelona at the time, and had no idea I had that type of reach. It was my first big international commission. Related: The ...
Tags: Photography, Music, Instagram, Women, Barcelona, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Solange Knowles, Carlota Guerrero


‘It was so gripping I read it in two sittings’: 11 books to pull you out of a reading rut

For many people, reading has been difficult this last year - but a breakthrough is always possible. Guardian readers describe the books that drew them in‘Reading about the hope in others’ hopeless lives kept me going’Bukowski’s often seedy stories are a wonderful break from normality. I don’t know how I’d have got through lockdown without them. Being sheltered this past year for medical reasons was one of the loneliest times of my life. I don’t have a family nearby; I’m gay and on my own. My fri...
Tags: Books, London, Life and style, Culture, Bukowski, Gary Comenas


Glenn Close’s magnificent Da Butt and superb flirting: key Oscars moments

An impromptu dance masterclass became an instant highlight, but Steven Soderbergh’s directorial shakeup delivered a ceremony with few highs and frequent depressionsIn a skewiff ceremony of overlong speeches, quiet applause and a downsized red carpet, one moment effortlessly stole the show: Glenn Close doing the dance to the 1988 funk hit Da Butt. Continue reading...
Tags: Celebrity, Film, Life and style, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Steven Soderbergh, Oscars, Glenn Close, Glenn, Oscars 2021, Da Butt


Oscars 2021 live: Nomadland wins best picture

At the 93rd Academy Awards, Anthony Hopkins wins best actor, Frances McDormand wins best actress – and Glenn Close does ‘the butt’Oscar winners 2021: the full list 4.30am BST Hannah Jewell makes a good pointthey should have just ended it with this video https://t.co/hlzWPbugU0 4.28am BST I believe the plan is now for me to hang around and see how people are going to react to that weird, weird Oscars show. What was your favourite bit? Was it Glenn Close doing a twerk? Was it the way someo...
Tags: Fashion, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Culture, Awards and prizes, Frances Mcdormand, Oscars, Glenn Close, Joaquin Phoenix, Anthony Hopkins, Nomadland, Hannah Jewell, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Mank, Oscars 2021


Oscars 2021 live: Minari’s Yuh-jung Youn wins best supporting actress

At the 93rd Academy Awards, Chloé Zhao wins best director for Nomadland and Daniel Kaluuya wins best supporting actor for Judas and the Black MessiahOscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live!Oscars 2021: predictions, timetable and what to expect 3.16am BST Harrison Ford is here! The Oscars are suddenly treating us! He’s reading notes about how much the studio executives hated Blade Runner. And, I mean, if you’re going to wash dirty laundry like that, you might as well do it in a trai...
Tags: Fashion, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Harrison Ford, Judas, Youn, Daniel Kaluuya, Chloe Zhao, Erik Messerschmidt, Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Mank


Oscars 2021 live: Chloé Zhao wins best director for Nomadland

At the 93rd Academy Awards, Emerald Fennell wins best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman and Daniel Kaluuya wins best supporting actor for Judas and the Black MessiahOscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live!Oscars 2021: predictions, timetable and what to expect 2.34am BST Now for Short Documentary. And the only time of the ceremony where The Guardian has any sort of skin in the game. Collette was released by The Guardian. 2.31am BST The Soul team finish their beautifu...
Tags: Fashion, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Culture, Awards and prizes, Dolly Parton, The Guardian, Guardian, Oscars, Collette, Judas, Nine to Five, Daniel Kaluuya, Chloe Zhao, Nomadland


Oscars 2021 red carpet in pictures: from Carey Mulligan to Daniel Kaluuya

Tulle, bandeaus … and a terrific turn by the men. A selection of the best looks from the red carpet at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los AngelesOscars 2021 – the 93rd Academy Awards live!Oscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live! Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Oscars 2021


Oscars 2021 live: the winners and the speeches from the 93rd Academy Awards

Here’s your invitation to the strangest night of the year, when your virtual enjoyment of the 93rd Academy Awards will be, for once, on equal footing with most of HollywoodOscar winners 2021: the full list – updating live!Oscars 2021: predictions, timetable and what to expect 1.33am BST For Judas and the Black Messiah. He can’t be funny here, because he’s literally standing in a train station. Instead, he just thanks loads of people. I will note, though, that the cutaways to other nominees a...
Tags: Fashion, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Laura Dern, Judas, Leslie Odom Jr, Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Mank, Oscars 2021, HollywoodOscar


Alber Elbaz, a fashion designer who made women feel happy and confident

Elbaz redefined the party dress, showing how glamour could be sensual rather than overtly sexyAlber Elbaz will be remembered for his heart. Emotion was at the core of every dress he designed. The signature that ran through every one of his catwalk shows was not a hemline or a logo but a feeling of joyfulness. His jewel-coloured, goddess-draped dresses made women feel happy and confident – and because they felt happy and confident, they looked beautiful.Elbaz, who has died from Covid-19 aged 59, ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, France, Life and style, World news, Culture, Lanvin, Alber Elbaz, Elbaz


Fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies aged 59 with Covid-19

Elbaz worked at Guy Laroche and Yves Saint Laurent before joining Lanvin as creative director in 2001Alber Elbaz, a fashion designer who made women feel happy and confident Alber Elbaz, a red carpet favourite of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Jessica Parker, has died from Covid-19, aged 59. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Lanvin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alber Elbaz, Yves Saint Laurent, Elbaz, Guy Laroche, Coronavirus, Beyoncé Michelle Obama Kim Kardashian


Joanna Lumley: ‘I love Patsy because we’re such polar opposites…’

The actor, 74, on Ab Fab, recycling, President Clinton and why you can’t be happy all the timeThe nuns at convent school wore black stockings under their long habits and wimples. They were part of the Blue Stockings teaching community, and more concerned with turning us into interesting, strong women than anything holy.We followed my father’s regiment in the Gurkhas from India to Hong Kong and Malaysia. My memories are of a bungalow that looked out over a little air strip where biplanes would la...
Tags: Hong Kong, Television, Film, India, Life and style, Culture, Malaysia, Television & radio, Joanna Lumley, Clinton, Patsy, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie


‘In the game, I knew myself as Hannah’: the trans gamers finding freedom on Roblox

37m people use the gaming platform every day in search of adventure – and for teenagers exploring their gender identity, it is also a place of liberation When she was a child, Hannah discovered two portals to other worlds. The first was her Nintendo 64, which could transport her to the dark dungeons of Zelda and the chaotic battlefields of Super Smash Bros. The second was her mother’s wardrobe in their Devon home, full of clothes she longed to try on, even though this was forbidden. Hannah had b...
Tags: Games, Life and style, Society, Pc, Transgender, Virtual Worlds, Culture, LGBT rights, Nintendo, Devon, Zelda, HANNAH, Online multiplayer games


Joss Stone: ‘My dream dinner guest? Jordan Peterson’

The singer-songwriter on smoking, her new baby and the C wordBorn in Kent, Joss Stone, 34, released her debut album, The Soul Sessions, in 2003 and went on to win Brit and Grammy awards. In 2019, she was deported from Iran as she attempted to complete her Total World Tour, performing in 200 countries. She lives in Nashville with her partner, Cody DaLuz, and their three-month-old baby.When were you happiest? In the hospital after my C-section, hanging out with my new baby, feeling very, very happ...
Tags: Family, Music, Life and style, Iran, Culture, Parents and parenting, Nashville, Joss Stone, Jordan Peterson, Kent Joss Stone, Cody DaLuz


Can our passion for pets help reset our relationship with nature?

As lockdown puppy sales soar and the cats of Instagram are liked by millions, endangered species are vanishing from the planet. Can pets teach us how to care about all animals?It was the carefree summer of 2019, and I was on a beach in San Francisco – surrounded by a thousand corgis. Sand is not the natural environment for dogs whose legs are only as long as ice lollies. But this was Corgi Con, possibly the world’s largest gathering of corgis. It was weird. It was glorious.There were corgis in b...
Tags: Books, Pets, San Francisco, Life and style, Culture, Science and nature books



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