Worthy threads: Glastonbury’s performers’ standout fashion – in pictures

Worthy threads: Glastonbury’s performers’ standout fashion – in pictures

With the festival taking a year out, we take a moment to appreciate some of the most memorable outfits seen on its stages over the years – from Solange in monochrome PVC to Thom Yorke in an Astro Boy T-shirt Sinead O’Connor, 1990 One of the first women to headline the festival, one reviewer questioned “whether her impassioned Gaelic melodies were suited to Glastonbury”. With reviews like that to look forward to, it’s no wonder she dressed for battle (sort of). O’Connor’s look was a bit Terminator, a bit Brighton Pier. Photograph:…

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Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Sarah Marshall takes an expert-led tour of Florence and finds its artistic spirit still aflame CREDIT:TIMARBAEV/TIMARBAEV Exploding in shades of magenta, mauve and violet, unfurling iris blooms dance on the breezy slopes of Viale dei Colli, one of the few green areas in this stone-built Tuscan city. Each spring, locals meander along stone paths shaded by olive trees, admiring entrants to the Concorso Internazionale dell’Iris, a competition celebrating the city’s emblematic giaggiolo flower. “This is one of my favourite places,” enthuses author Kamin Mohammadi. “It’s only open for two weeks of…

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McQueen review – meticulous portrait of fashion’s master of audacity

McQueen review – meticulous portrait of fashion’s master of audacity

Since the fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life at the age of 40 in 2010, his life and work has been mythologised in a colossally successful exhibition in London and New York entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, and there has been a projected movie – now reportedly on hold – to which Jack O’Connell and Andrew Haigh were once attached as star and director. Now there is this sombre, thorough, intelligent and informative documentary by Ian Bonhôte giving us the moving story of a working-class boy with fierce and original talent…

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French say ‘non’ to food waste – should we do the same?

French say ‘non’ to food waste – should we do the same?

The French are a pretty innovative nation. They lead the world in style and they’re pretty good at putting ingredients together on a plate to make a stunning meal, too. They’re also quite bold when it comes to innovative legislation. They don’t shy away from doing things others might regard as a tad ‘nanny state’. The latest and most interesting is legislation on food waste. France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them, instead, to donate it…

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