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Valentino Spring 2015 Couture Runway

This Is Why Japanese Women Have Such Great Skin: The 5 Trends From The Far East That Can Benefit Your Complexion

Japanese skincare is so much more advanced than here in the UK. Find out how adding some new steps to your beauty routine can improve your …

Beautiful 3D Posters Weave Letters with Hand-Drawn Blooms

As many of us are in the midst of winter, it's nice to see these illustrations of beautiful blooms by Aleksander Gusakov. The Ukrainian graphic designer produced a series of decorative posters highlighting colorful floral bouquets and bold text. Gusakov wove the letters between leaves and petals, …

Posters

Enchantingly Ethereal Underwater Portraits by Gabriele Viertel

German-born, Netherlands-based photographer Gabriele Viertel captures striking portraits of ethereal women drifting gracefully underwater. The self-taught photographer, who has immersed herself in her craft since 2011, has been featured in numerous publications like <i>Vogue Italia</i> for her gorgeous …

Colorful Hand-Woven Walls Create a Clever Optical Illusion

When looking at this piece by artist Wies Preijde, you might not realize that it's actually a site-specific installation. The flattened space and combination of lines and colors make it look like a drawing. It's only when we see a person standing in the room that we're assured that Predijde's work …

9 Things you need to know to get to the top and stay there

Vanessa Vallely's work provides a refreshingly honest insight into the business world from the perspective of a successful woman, mother and wife. …

Thakoon is 10! The Designer Reflects Back on His Career in His Own Words

<i>Ten years after presenting his first collection—a small clutch of delicately deconstructed designs that took their inspiration from Cecil Beaton portraits—for spring 2005, Thakoon Panichgul reflects back on the early beginnings of his company, the hurdles he’s overcome, and the advice that has</i> …

13 Life Lessons I Learned from Emily Gilmore

Today’s post on the funniest pop-culture references on <i>Gilmore Girls</i> immediately prompted a morning discussion about its most underrated character, Emily Gilmore. The oft thought-of, deluded, vain, and grandiose matriarch portrayed brilliantly by Broadway veteran <b>Kelly Bishop,</b> is more than a …

The return of grey is a cause for celebration

Grey is a marvellous colour for anybody, even if you’ve got grey hair – just add a dash of something eye-catching and its gentle strength shines through<p>I’m terribly excited with the discovery that grey is autumn/winter’s go-to neutral. Yay! Grey is the new black/brown/beige! At last, a trend that …

Fashion gets real: how the ordinary woman became this season's muse

There is a zeitgeist which rainbows over and above fashion. That news ticker which runs through your head – I should buy a shoe with a chunkier heel, is gingham over, how many shirt buttons to undo? – is only half the story. The bigger picture, in which style expresses the big stuff – how …

Ten of the best Nendo designs from the past year

Japanese design studio Nendo has had a prolific year, adding a diverse range of new products to its portfolio, so we've rounded up ten of the best …

Painted Typography by Pawel Nolbert | Colossal

<p>This interesting blend of paint and typography by Warsaw-based designer Pawel Nolbert was created by photographing actual paint splatters and …

The seven key steps to making a fashion business successful

Young British designers should emulate Silicon Valley and Stella McCartney and view the launch of a fashion brand as an entrepreneurial venture – not solely a creative endeavour – according to a report published today by The British Fashion Council.<p>Titled Commercialising Creativity – Creating a …

Intriguingly Surreal Portraits of Women Inspired by Nature

Emily Flint is a Lynchburg, Virginia-based artist whose paintings are inspired by the natural life that thrives along the James River and Blue Ridge Mountains. Her portraits of women are completed with acrylic paint and graphite on birch panels. The soft application of this media allows for the …

Blue Ridge Mountains

Women's cropped jackets: the wish list - in pictures

The cropped jacket is perfect for the changeable weather we get between seasons. Style it up with sharp trousers or down with casual jeans. Light weight and in a multitude of prints and colours, from floral and Aztec to sequinned and pop, this is the ideal jacket for May. The Observer fashion team …

Transfixing 3D Paper Patterns by Maud Vantours | Colossal

<p>Paris-based designer and artist Maud Vantours uses layer upon layer of cut paper to create hypnotizing patterns and textures that translate into set …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Marks & Spencer's 2014 'Leading Ladies' campaign: who's who?

Featuring Doreen Lawrence, Emma Thompson and Alek Wek, Marks and Spencer's new advertising campaign professes to be a democratic celebration of women of substance

The Vibrant Flower Filled Paintings of Fuco Ueda

Starting March 29, visit Thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles to see new and recent paintings by Japanese artist Fuco Ueda. Known for her surreal paintings of girls surrounded by hyper-colored flora and fauna, her works are at once shocking and serene. There's always a deliberate juxtaposition …

Art

Transition – Photography by Lauren Marsolier

Transition – Photo Series.<p><b>Lauren Marsolier</b> is a photographer who deals with the mental process of transition. Unlike common photography, Lauren …

The Most Colorful Artworks We've Seen This Year

Awe-inspiring color explosions.<p>Artist Kim Keever's color explosions are awe-inspiring...and so is the method behind them. This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com

White shirts: get the look - in pictures

So you've read our fashion editor's column on white shirts, but how do you go about getting the look yourself? The Guardian's fashion team picks four of the best examples on the high street

Ikea Unveils New PS 2014 Collection, With Urban Cool Kids In Mind

The Swedish furniture giant wants to cater to young creatives in cities–a smart business move, as urban populations swell.<p>Ikea already has the market cornered on young, broke city kids desperate for some decent furniture (just try attending a New York apartment party without knocking into a Billy …

Furniture