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Recently I was invited onto Woman’s Hour to talk about the government’s proposed changes to paternity leave, which would allow fathers to share up to a year of time off with their partners. While most men (and no doubt many employers) will scoff at this idea, at some point, as a society, we need to have a shift in the attitude that

caring for children is a ‘woman’s issue’. How else will we ever reach true equality in the workplace and close the pay gap for good? And how will the economy have any chance of thriving without the unique skills and perspectives that we females bring? In this month’s special Marie Claire Kids supplement (page 124), we ask ‘Is he man enough to take paternity leave?’, and talk to fathers about their views on the new proposal. For anyone who can’t imagine that time will ever come, it’s worth remembering that the UK has only had full statutory maternity rights for women since 1988. Indeed, one of my fellow panellists, a successful solicitor and mother of five, took only two weeks off after having each of her children twentysomething years ago – imagine that. Elsewhere, the world of fashion is also moving forward, as the autumn/winter collections are about to hit the stores.

Our catwalk report on page 61 covers all the hot trends, styling tips (it’s all about wearing one earring, don’t you know) and accessories that will be on your lust list before you know it. We also announce the winners of the Marie Claire International Fragrance Awards (page 225), and I’ve been consoling myself for not getting Kate Bush tickets with our four-page homage to the wondrous wearer of very fine leotards in Life Stories (page 114). Enjoy the issue, and join in the conversation via all our social media channels (see page 30) – we always love to know what you think.

Trish Halpin, Editor in Chief Tweet me @trishhalpin

What we’re lusting after THIS MONTH ‘Navy is the new black – love!’ £55, Next

‘There’s nothing better than a crisp white shirt paired with denim for a cool summer look.’ £50, Cheap Monday

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‘Practical for the gym and cool enough for summer festivals’ £35, Accessorize


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Time to covet the new collections



37 Hot right now 39 AW14’s most wanted

Three style insiders’ autumn buys

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Shoe parade Under £100 1 girl, 5 boxy jackets My style 9-5 Ask the fashion editors High-street genius Marie Claire goes shopping


78 Candid camera

Sarah Dunn’s panoramic celeb shots

97 Meet your new career mentor

M&C Saatchi CEO Camilla Harrison

106 Taylor made it

The star of Orange is the New Black


Hot new fashion Get a head start on next season now

87 Bulletin

Inside the minds of young male killers

98 Wedding fever! Brides who break the rules

108 All these shoes tell a story

The Syrian women who walked thousands of miles to escape war

114 Life stories: Kate Bush 147 Reporter

Music, TV, film, trends and books

233 Health: Is your contraception working for you? 245 Deluxe Interiors, food, going out and dating

254 On location: Prague

141 Sex and intimacy

A sex writer’s surprising discovery

182 Katherine Heigl

The reinvention of a romcom queen

239 Sleep better

The collection looks on the high street


Try this tonight




124 Is he man enough to take paternity leave? 130 Girls and boys, come out to play Form your own family fash pack

138 Under £100: Young ones 141 The surprising truth about motherhood

Kate Upton’s beauty secrets


FASHION Wedding planners: the couples doing it their way


162 The collections

A sneak peek at the new season’s looks

176 La dolce vita

Marie Claire exclusively previews the Dolce & Gabbana pre-fall collection

189 Get the look for less 266 It’s all about… chains


Into the light: smudge-proof make-up for the great outdoors

195 Beauty news 196 Ask the beauty editors 200 Splash out


Dazzle in the heat

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My beauty rules Skin science: gel eye masks Gold rush: skincare Hair flash Beauty enquirer Remodel your body with tape

225 Smells like success

The winners of the Marie Claire Fragrance Awards



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Beauty and style director @lisaoxenham_MC checks out Max Factor’s 100 years of glamour

@marieclaireuk It depends on the bride, but I’ve experienced this, yes.

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Three trendsetters reveal their ultimate AW14 wish list


Your definitive guide to the catwalk looks that matter


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They’re the style insiders who pick the catwalk looks that make it into your wardrobe. But have you ever wondered what they’re coveting for their own closets?



‘I’ll definitely be introducing the roll-neck in both fine and chunky knits’


Roll-necks and over-the-knee boots? So hot right now

Coat, £773, Tibi at

Skirt, £125, Whistles

Earring, £63, Maria Francesca Pepe

Boots, £1,068, Alexander Wang at

Sweater, £257, Ostwald Helgason Clutch, £150, Karen Walker at


FOR SHOPBOP.COM’S FASHION DIRECTOR, AW14 IS ALL ABOUT FURRY OUTERWEAR AND ROCKING A SOLO EARRING My style in three words is feminine, chic – I hope! – and rock ’n’ roll. It’s coats and cosy knits for me in AW14. I’ll definitely be introducing the rollneck in both fine and chunky knits, and buying as many different styles of coats as possible, from the blanket coat, like Burberry’s, to Tibi’s smart textured option. Also for winter I’ll be investing in a pair of over-the-knee leather boots, and one dangly earring, inspired by Céline. The trend I can’t wait to wear is the statement furry coat, as seen at Prada. I’ll team it with J Brand skinny leather trousers and a black roll-neck, plus a solid Dr Marten-style boot.

At the shows in Paris I couldn’t help but notice the row of rings on the models sashaying down the runway at Nina Ricci. I’m all about interiors right now. With a new house upstate, I’m constantly on Pinterest for inspiration. My favourite blog is Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it. And I’ve discovered a love of gardening – I’m now planning an English garden in New York, with wisteria, irises and box. The Pharrell Williams album ‘Girl’ is constantly playing on my iPod, and the song Hunter is my motivation in the morning to get the day going.







‘I love Haider Ackermann’s long, lean silhouettes and tough-luxe layering’




Soft yet directional shapes lead the way in AW14

Bag, £1,433, The Row at Net-a-porter. com

Dress, £250, Day Birger et Mikkelsen

Skirt, £1,000, Marni at Net-a-porter. com Boots, £360, Zadig & Voltaire

Top, £81, Wear Grace at

Trousers, £79, COS

I’d sum up my style as eclectic. I’m never without my cowboy boots and leather jacket, and there is always something diaphanous – it’s 70s meets rock ’n’ roll with a touch of glam. I have a Haider Ackermann obsession. This season was a particular favourite for me. I love the long, lean silhouettes and the tough-luxe layering. I can’t wait for autumn/winter because the two strongest themes are perfectly in keeping with my style – 70s soft tailoring and folk-inspired romance, plus textured knitwear and urban layering in a beautifully subtle colour palette. My must-haves for the season include a Margot Tenenbaum-inspired fake-fur coat in camel – Theory has a great version that I’ve got my eye on; a bias-cut-toperfection satin evening dress from Lanvin; and, for accessories, I want anything fringed and suede, plus the divine ‘Sling’

bag by The Row – I’m totally coveting it. Travel is a huge part of my job, but I always make sure I visit my favourite shops when overseas – Daunt Books in London, Juice Press in New York and Frederic Malle in Paris. My obsession at the moment is Net-A-Sporter – our new activewear range. It’s my go-to for all things sport but also for pieces that I can run around in at the weekend or in-between my yoga classes. I adore Wear Grace – each piece embraces ancient wisdom and is adorned with a Tibetan prayer flag, an ancient spiritual icon that serves as a gentle reminder of compassion. One of the most interesting new trends is a mix of the Japanese avant garde and sports luxe, which I saw at Marni and Acne. The focus is on volume, shape and unexpected construction that makes a statement and has real longevity.







‘A key trend for AW14 is “normcore” – plain denim, simple knitwear…’


Normcore offers comfort and style for the new season

Sweater, £79, & Other Stories

Jeans, £460, Aries at Matches Sandals, £120, Birkenstock Bag, £296, Mansur Gavriel at Matches

Skirt, £385, Paul & Joe Shirt, £420, Marques Almeida at Matches

If I had to describe my style, I would say it’s fabulous. I enjoy making statements. My three favourite shows of AW14 were Isabel Marant, for the perfect winter boho wardrobe; Roksanda Ilincic with its statement skirts and elegant print dresses; and Saint Laurent, which offered another strong, wearable collection. A key trend for AW14 is ‘normcore’, which is wearing items that don’t stand out. We’ve seen this come through with accessories like trainers, Birkenstocks and rucksacks, but it’s also a return to classic pieces and heritage items, such as trench coats, simple knitwear and plain denim. Women like myself, who travel a lot, find it’s essential to have an element of normcore in our lives, however we style it. A cosy knit is at the top of my lust list. There was a big focus on soft, comfortable fabrics at the catwalk shows – the hand-

knit sweaters by Giles were a favourite. I’ll be wearing a floor-sweeping dress or skirt for day- and evening-wear, and a grey jacket. Grey is the colour of the season. I’ll team it with a clean, minimal bucket bag from Mansur Gavriel, or the Fendi Monster Eyes Peekaboo – the ultimate arm candy of the season. The Marc by Marc Jacobs show in NY was a hybrid of skate and ninja – it felt fun, modern and very wearable. Another brand that epitomises this trend is Aries – I’ll be wearing its illustrated jeans with a plaid jumper and a pair of Eytys trainers. At the moment I can’t get enough of Chatsworth Road, near where I live in east London, with its eclectic mix of artist studios, bars and restaurants. My favourite places on the street include the London Borough of Jam, Shane’s Restaurant and The Convenience. Q





BEST BUY £209, Ash £68, Office £745, Tabitha Simmons

‘Polish up the usual office shirt and trouser combo with these super-chic flats’

£350, Meandher

£495, Rupert Sanderson


£70, Schuh


Buckle UP

Strap in and hold on tight for autumn’s latest drop

£75, River Island

£695, Jimmy Choo

£290, Elie Tahari

£89.95, Massimo Dutti £595, Nicholas Kirkwood

£215, Russell & Bromley


STYLE Trousers,

Dress, New Look



Sweater, Topshop


Backpack, Accessorize



For head-totoe impact, go all out in a coat

Sunglasses, Jeepers Peepers


Shoes, ASOS


FELINE good Release your inner wildcat with the season’s hottest print. Mee-ow… Skirt, Oasis


Top, Gestuz at


For a more subtle approach, an on-trend clutch is your (furry) friend

Clutch, Boden



Shoes, Dune



UNDER £100


JACKET, £65, River Island; shirt, £69, & Other Stories; culottes, £24, Dorothy Perkins


JACKET, £65, ASOS; top, £55, YAS; skirt, £490, Marni; earrings, £16.50, Freedom at Topshop



Don’t be square – this season’s most versatile jacket shape is a goes-with-everything wardrobe staple



JACKET, £427, Laain; top, £190, Zadig & Voltaire; trousers, £55, & Other Stories; shoes, £168, AllSaints; earrings, £30, Clea Silk; bag, £18, Dorothy Perkins


JACKET, about £568, Rag & Bone; sweater, £195, Chinti & Parker; trousers, from a selection, MM6; rings, £195 each, Astley Clarke; bag, £175, Kurt Geiger


JACKET, £891, Lucas Nascimento; skirt, £395, Tory Burch; earrings, £16.50, Freedom at Topshop



Coat, £565, Rebecca Taylor

9 to 5


Anna Laub, founder of fashion label Prism, shares her understated favourites Topshop Unique sweater, Jil Sander skirt, American Apparel leggings, Céline shoes

Alaïa top, vintage culottes, Sophia Webster shoes

Shoes, £495, No.21

Sweater, £85, Finders Keepers at Harvey Nichols

Skirt, £75, ASOS

Bag, £380, Prism Shirt, £50, Cheap Monday

My days are spent running my fashion label, Prism. I can be doing anything from designing products and shooting the latest campaign to planning my new shop space. It constantly inspires me. A great pair of sunglasses can immediately update a look. I can be wearing something super-low-key, but a cool pair of shades instantly glams it up. For night time I add a pair of really high heels and some Tom Ford liquid eyeliner and I’m set. I don’t wear a lot of print. It can feel overbearing. I like an outfit to be understated and have something that grabs your attention if you look closer. My shopping secrets? Use your instinct. I don’t normally find things when I’m searching for specifics, so if something grabs my attention, I get it. You can’t beat labels such as COS and Toga mixed with a bit of Alaïa – it’s a winning combination.

Christopher Kane dress, Prism shoes Trousers, £89, French Connection

ck! e h c s e i n Glam sun

Glasses, £210, Prism




Double up summer coats and jackets on hangers during winter to save wardrobe space, ready for a new-season overhaul.

Holly Junior fashion editor

Q: I’m always wearing my trusty felt trilby but, come summer, I have no clue what to wear in the heat. Gemma @gemma lovesfashion

HOLLY: My vote goes to the wide, floppy, 70s-style straw hat – it’s the perfect disguise for bad hair or skin days, and gives some sun protection, too. My other Hat, £25, tip is that hats really Topshop don’t need to cost a lot. There are brilliant ones on the high street and, as they tend to take a battering from sea salt, suncream, wind and sweat, they can need replacing quite often. I never pack my hats, either. Don’t be embarrassed about wearing yours at the airport – you’ll be the cool, sassy one when you step off the plane and into the heat.


Q: I’m looking for a midcalf-length summer skirt. Where do I get one and what do I wear it with? Lola @lola_borg

Lucia Junior fashion editor

Q: What’s the best look to flatter a pear shape? I love the idea of a shift dress, but they end up looking great on my hips and too big on top. Help! Susan @susan_cowie

LUCIA: So we’re talking a small waist and a shapely bottom – lucky you! The key is to wear pieces that disguise your bottom half, but still draw attention to your best bits. There are two solutions. Case A: wear something that gives you a power shoulder on your top half to balance you out, like this Roland Mouret dress (above right). Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s a multi-wear piece. Case B: embrace colour-blocking. Look for black panelling on the sides or lower half to disguise your problem area and draw the eye upwards to your smallest part. Boom. COS and Next have the best colour-block dresses on the high street.

DES: The mere hint of sunshine and women across the country yank up their hemlines but, frankly, this is one occasion where I disagree with the motto less is more. A mid-calf style is the new go-to skirt length for all occasions. The trick to getting the look right is for the hem to sit approximately three to five inches below your knee. This denim number from Oasis is a perfect everyday throw-on that will see you right through summer. It’s a good Skirt, substitute for your £38, Oasis trusted jeans, and will look great with a grey marl or white T-shirt, and finished off with skater shoes, wedges or sandals.

Des Senior style editor Dress, £1,999, Roland Mouret at Harrods

Dress, £38, Next

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Karen Millen has launched a range of limited-edition bags to celebrate its new London and New York flagship stores. This furry little number is the perfect arm candy for AW14.

Top, £35, ASOS

Shoes, £55, Next

Clutch, £180, Karen Millen

Trousers, £32, Dorothy Perkins

JUSTINE’S high-street GENIUS

Coat, £269, Hobbs; dress, £180, Karen Millen; shoes, £270, Kurt Geiger; bag, £40, Oasis; rings, from £8, both Aldo

Marie Claire’s publishing director loves chic classics – finished off with a killer heel

Dress, £79, Mary Portas at House of Fraser

Bag, £225, Russell & Bromley

Boots, £149.99, H&M Studio

Cuff, £12.50, Wallis


‘This dress’s geometric print is perfectly on trend, with a super-flattering panel. Perfect for the office’


Skirt, £79, COS






August’s most lust-worthy pieces? Take five!


Look to AG this season for perfect denim pieces. Dress up these shorts with hot heels, or down with sandals for festival chic. Shorts, £148, AG


Dress, £199


Looking for a grown-up way to work the ethnic trend? Try pieces from the Royal College of Art’s collaboration with Monsoon. You know you want to… Dress, £149



Looking for a bag that will go with everything? With their simple styling and cool colours, these Gant beauties get our vote.

Pumps, £110, Camper with Pretty Ballerinas

Bags, £250 each, Gant

5. PRETTY FEET Balearic brands Camper and Pretty Ballerinas have teamed up for a new collaboration. These delicate lace-up pumps are muy bien!


Bikini, £125, Orlebar Brown

Established swimwearfor-men brand Orlebar Brown has launched a capsule collection for women. We have a feeling you’ll love the simple, feminine pieces just as much as we do.














Eliminate the elements in autumn’s exceptional outerwear. The Puffa goes luxe – think big, fat folds in unexpected colour combinations. On the miniskirted 60s vibe? You’ll be all over a plaid cape. One of fall’s biggest stories is the sheepskin mean machine – think colour, think OTT, think how damn warm you’ll be. The raincoat gets a makeover, and then there’s the harlequin. Quite how we ended up with so many patchwork numbers is a fashion mystery but, gracious, they look fine.

































If you feel fashion’s penchant for a midi skirt is a disservice to your pins, worry no more. The season’s 60s-inspired twist means those that can should flirt away in a mini. For the full-on throwback look, take a cue from Saint Laurent’s cape and kinky boots, while Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton debut may have given a nod to the era, but the zip details and patent leathers are strikingly forward-thinking.


Grey. So chic, so minimal, so perfectly nonchalant, so… now. Use it as your new go-to base colour – whether it’s the most perfect grey marl cashmere sweater (hello, Marni) or elegant tailoring (get in the Armani army), there’s no look that can’t be bettered by this lusciously clean hue. For spice, contrast it against a bright colour, or add a ladylike softness to masculine styles with soft pink. And why not work it for evening in high-shine satins and daring jacquard (Mary Katrantzou’s excellent trouser suit)? Yum.




















Do not adjust your set. It’s bright, it’s brash, it’s bold, it’s guaranteed to cheer up the most miserable of rainy days. There’s orange – actually, there is a lot of orange, head to toe in many instances (from Preen’s fluffysweater dream to Burberry’s thigh-split slip). Then there’s fuchsia (oh Dior, that green and pink combination, Raf Simons, it’s TOO much), and Marc by Marc Jacobs’ power ninja prints (now under Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley – this collection is H.O.T.). Wear top to bottom, wear mixed up – the story has moved on from basic blocking. Think clashing, hard, primary hues against black, think coloured tights, think big. KENZO
















There are two interpretations of normcore floating around: this summer was all about the ironic version – those pieces beloved of the ordinary dad (exhibit one, the pool slider). But we’ve all moved on. This is the fashion world’s reaction against all those brash slogan sweaters. It’s about a perfectly cut cashmere jumper or exquisitely tailored trousers. These are clothes for the wearer, not the voyeur. This time, it’s personal.












Let’s pray for a super-cold snap because we’re just crying out to be this cosy. We’re dying over the thought of cuddling up to Michael Kors and his giant cardigan coat, while Céline’s magic touch on a fitted knit top and free-flowing midi is just too much. Over this we’d want to throw a giant cape and wrap a super-sized Giles scarf around our necks. This look is about all-enveloping knitwear. Join the coolest and cosiest herd this winter.











Make Marlene Dietrich your muse and embrace a hard romanticism. Take your cue from Miuccia Prada’s genius merging of the avant garde – Berlin-set 70s arthouse with a cool 40s edge. For after dark, look for languid silk and leather skirts that fall below the knee. Mix in a deep khaki overcoat (Lanvin’s buttersoft leather trench is to die for), keep shoes heavy and clumping (a la Céline) and ornamentation minimal. All you need to add is attitude.










If we’re bothering to get trussed up for a night out, we’re pretty keen on people taking note, so this new crop of drama-fuelled delights is deliciously spot on. Dolce & Gabbana’s squirrel-print Red Riding Hood gown will serve you well or, for the most modern of cocktail frocks, note that supreme Dior number – made from the lightest Puffa material – and Christopher Kane’s beyond beautiful millefeuille silk leaves.












































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British photographer Sarah Dunn is renowned for her glossy portraits of the world’s biggest stars – from Keira Knightley to Jack Nicholson. But before she gets down to business, she has some behind-the-scenes fun with a Widelux panoramic camera. Now collected in a new exhibition, she picks her favourite shots 78


Los Angeles, 2002 Ewan (left) and I were having dinner in LA, and I mentioned I’d just bought a camera, my first Widelux. So he invited me on to his film set the following day to try it out – he was shooting Down with Love with Renée Zellweger. This was my first, and still my favourite, shot on the Widelux.


Los Angeles, 2009 I was working on an icons portfolio for movie magazine Empire, edited by Steven Spielberg, and Jodie (below) was one of the icons. She was very shy and nervous; the camera was an excellent ice-breaker.



New York City, 2003 This was shot for a Lord of the Rings portfolio. Liv (right) was the last person we photographed. It was a project that had snowballed, and she was so happy to be there and to take part.


London, 2013 I love working with Paloma (left) – she knows exactly where her light is and is very professional; it was nice to catch her in a down moment.




London, 2011 It was an unusually hot spring day, so Jennifer (far left) and I ran up to the roof. I love that this camera records everything around the subject – it’s a nice memento of how to improvise.


London, 2013 We were in a spooky house in east London. Rosamund (right) sat down for a drink of water and suddenly it was so chic and glamorous. The Widelux is an amazing tool for recording the chaos around the calm.


London, 2011 I shot this during Movie-Con, a fan convention at the London O2. I was literally set up in a broom cupboard; the camera makes the room look enormous. Dominic is always fun and easy to work with.




Los Angeles, 2012 Sienna had kindly agreed to help me out on a moving image shoot. We drove up to Mulholland Drive – the light and landscape were amazing. It would have been an insult not to get the Widelux out!

MICHAEL FASSBENDER London, 2012 We were backstage at an awards show, it had been ten years since I had first photographed Michael, and we were reminiscing about our first shoot in my tiny north London flat.


Los Angeles, 2009 Tom was part of the same icons portfolio as Jodie; he’s holding court is this photograph and you can see my reflection in the mirror. He has lots of stories and was a real movie star. Q Wide-Eyed is at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N from 1-7 September 2014 82





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Max Factor celebrates 100 years of creating amazing beauty looks. We pick ten life-changing essentials. Max, we salute you

ard to believe, but make-up was once used only by the film and theatre industries. One Mr Max Factor single-handedly changed that. An apprentice wig-maker from Poland, he was running his own make-up shop by the age of 20, and went on to redefine glamour with his passion for accessible beauty and pioneering formulas. He won over American women by equipping them with just what they needed to emulate their Hollywood idols. Max Factor’s charisma and expertise led to a stream of famous women queuing up to see ‘Max’, and later his son, Max Jnr, for the same reason. They worked with a multitude of iconic actresses, including Marilyn Monroe,

Grace Kelly and Judy Garland. But it was Max Senior’s passion for enhancing the looks of ordinary women – and his lifechanging beauty products – that made him a brand in his own right. Until his death in 1938, he believed glamour isn’t something you’re born with but something that can be created; within any woman’s reach. Continuing the legacy of Max Factor and his son, today the company is celebrating 100 Years of Glamour. To kick off, Max Factor has teamed up with Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow to recreate some of the iconic looks of past decades, starting with the recently unveiled Brigitte Bardot-inspired make-up. Over the next few months we’ll be bringing you more from Max Factor...


Max Factor in his beauty laboratory



WHAT MAKES YOUNG MEN KILL? The recent massacre in California by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger embodies a sinister new misogyny that’s sweeping the West, according to a leading criminologist

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’m 22 years old and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl,’ says Elliot Rodger in a video he posted on social media in the days preceding his killing spree on 23 May 2014. ‘College is the time when everyone experiences sex and fun and pleasure. But in those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness. It’s not fair. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it…’ It’s a video that runs for seven minutes, during which he repeatedly lays out his plan for ‘retribution’. Rodger’s crime spree tellingly began with the stabbing of three popular boys – his flatmates – before he went in search

of every girl he felt had spurned him, concluding with him shooting himself – yet another high-school loner driven by hatred and insecurity. But what tips young men in particular towards such violent crimes? Professor and criminologist David Wilson, who has interviewed many killers, from Fred West to Dennis Nilsen, explains. MC: What makes a young man turn to the extreme measures that Elliot Rodger did? DW: Rodger’s feelings of alienation – the frustration, the impotence, the rage – have much in common with other young disaffected males who have committed similar shootings in the US in recent years. Although it’s tempting to describe him


BULLETIN as a pathological killer and blame the fact he was autistic or had Asperger’s, the context in which to understand him is through his raging misogyny. Men like Rodger can’t be open about how they feel in polite Western society where women are seen as equal to men, so they find other ways to maintain their twisted views, often finding validation through so-called ‘women hating’ or ‘men’s rights’ websites, where men moan about their failures with women and outline fantasies of violent retribution. Rodger was living in this fantasy world of online porn and computer games, where the only role women have is as figures to be used and abused by men. MC: Did he share similar traits with other high-profile high-school killers? DW: Yes. He suffered from acute narcissism, which led to an overblown sense of entitlement. He felt he had a right to sleep with attractive young women, viewing them as things that could be shaped to his needs, and was angry that he didn’t get what he wanted. Like Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012, Rodger, far from feeling like the powerless loser he was, actually felt more powerful than all those around him. ‘I will be a god,’ Rodger wrote. ‘You are animals and I will slaughter you like animals.’ Thirteen years earlier, an 18-year-

old named David Attias expressed the same sentiment when he drove his car into a crowd of people, killing four of them, while screaming, ‘I am the angel of death.’ Typically, he took his own life. They do this not because they’re ashamed of what they’ve done, but as ultimate revenge on those left, who are denied the ability to judge their actions. MC: Can we really blame the internet for the actions of men like Rodger? DW: Although the growth of these misogynistic forums and the prevalence of violent porn is worrying, the main

reason for the shocking number of killings in the US is the gun laws. The UK and Europe don’t have less misogyny, fewer narcissistic people, fewer virgins or mother-haters. It’s simply because we have tighter gun control that such things are less likely to tip men into killing here. The most tragic thing about the most recent killings is that it will probably happen again in the US. Rodger was an embodiment of the society he was living in, where fantasy and reality are blurred, and online and offline behaviour mirror each other. That he had access to arms sealed the fate of his victims.

The introverted, narcissistic loners who kill Adam Lanza, 20, killed 28 people, including 20 children and himself, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012

Jeffrey Weise, 16, killed ten people at Red Lake High School, Minnesota, including his grandfather and himself, in March 2005.

James Holmes, then 24 years old, killed 12 people at the Century movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012.

In perhaps America’s most infamous highschool massacre, 17-year-old Dylan Klebold (left) and Eric Harris (below left), 18, killed 15 people, including 12 students, one teacher and themselves at Columbine High School, Colorado, in April 1999

Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 students and faculty members, then himself, at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, in April 2007

The toy hospital with a very human purpose Medical students prepare an ‘operation’ in the theatre of the so-called ‘Teddy Clinic’ in Giessen, Germany. More than 60 medical students in six medical tents work to treat a variety of ‘injured’ stuffed animals. Although it looks bizarre, the purpose is a serious one – to help reduce children’s fear of doctors. The practice also gives medical students the opportunity to interact with young people, which will help them prepare for careers treating injured or sick children in hospitals across the country.



WHAT THE RISE OF THE RIGHT MEANS FOR WOMEN With policies that threaten women’s working and sexual rights, the success of parties such as UKIP means it’s vital we sit up and take notice, says Janice Turner


stance, but refuses to call herself a feminist. In Britain, UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage has already binned his party’s entire 2010 manifesto. So, to deduce its stand on women’s issues, all we have to go on are the words of UKIP’s most prominent members. UKIP is avowedly against ‘political correctness’ and ‘red tape’ constricting business. Read that as any equality legislation that stops discrimination on the grounds of sex and protects part-time workers, who are predominantly women. Nigel Farage has argued to scrap all paid maternity leave, saying it is ‘lunacy that if you have children you get three or six months’ paid leave off work’. The party’s sacked MEP Godfrey Bloom – famous for joking that any woman who doesn’t clean behind her fridge is a ‘slut’ – once said, ‘No employer with a brain in the right place would employ a young, single, free woman.’ Indeed, male UKIP leaders are perpetually spouting pompous, old-school sexist views. Farage told a meeting of City high-fliers that women are ‘worth less’ to employers if they become mothers.

Meanwhile, UKIP’s attitude to sexual violence is dubious to say the least. Roger Helmer, UKIP candidate in the Newark by-election, said, ‘Rape is always wrong, but not always equally culpable.’ And one of the party’s major donors, Demetri Marchessini, has claimed rape within marriage does not exist, since ‘if you make love on Friday and make love on Sunday, you can’t say Saturday is rape’. It’s somewhat surprising, given its reactionary views, that 43 per cent of UKIP voters are women. But aware of its previous bad press, UKIP has put female candidates to the top of its party list, ensuring seven out of its 23 MEPs are women: only Labour has more. With UKIP following the lead of other European parties and rumoured to be targeting left-wing voters by proposing tax cuts for workers on the minimum wage (the majority of whom are women), it’s vital women are fully informed about what a vote for UKIP really stands for when it comes to their maternity, sexual and working rights for the future. Q

At an international anti-ageing conference in Monaco, Paris-based cosmetic surgeon Dr Thierry Besins, scientific director of the Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress, launched a new wave of ‘discreet’ treatments for women. ‘We’re recognising that the vagina shows the same signs of ageing as the rest of the body,’ he told Marie Claire. ‘The latest treatments tighten, brighten or lighten your vagina using non-surgical treatments.’ Apparently, the DesirialR filler treatment, which combats ‘sagging lips’, is proving most popular. You heard it here first.



here’s no doubt that May’s European elections were a triumph for the Right. The French National Front and the Danish People’s Party, both overtly racist, anti-Islamic parties, each came first in their countries. Greece’s Golden Dawn, with its swastika-like logo, and the Jobbik party in Hungary, which unbelievably proposes Jews should sign a special register, both surged in support. In Britain, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) won the most votes, taking 23 seats, while Labour and Conservatives won 18 each (the Lib Dems limped in with just one). But what do the policies of both victorious Far Right and Eurosceptic parties across the continent mean for women? It’s fair to say that the Right shares a conservative view of women, seeing them principally in relation to the family and children. They also tend to be hostile to reproductive rights: the French National Front has described abortion as ‘anti-French genocide’. Its current leader Marine Le Pen has softened this

Greece’s openly racist Golden Dawn party won three seats in this year’s European election

@work Every month, Marie Claire introduces a successful and inspirational woman, who could turn out to be your fairy jobmother

Meet your new

career mentor

Bright spark: Camilla Harrison skipped university and jumped straight into a career in advertising


Camilla Harrison, 42, became CEO of advertising agency M&C Saatchi in 2013, creating campaigns for clients including NatWest and Transport For London. She has made her way to the top of the communications industry after starting her career as a secretary, fresh out of school. I’m an early bird and get to the office by 8am, after a session in the gym – it’s the only time I have to myself. My day is a mixture of client and internal meetings, covering everything from our creative campaigns to the agency’s finances. I didn’t go to university. I wanted to work in communications and just got on with it. I fell into my first role in advertising, but loved it immediately. It was an amazing time in the industry, and things felt incredibly exciting. My career has never been planned. I’ve just tried to enjoy the job I’m doing and opportunities have come along. I’ve mostly worked in business development, pitching for new clients. After seven years at my first agency, I moved to a smaller one, where I worked my way up to deputy managing director. I then joined a much larger organisation, Leo Burnett, as marketing director, before moving to M&C Saatchi in 2005. I’ve held a number of roles here, and was COO before becoming CEO last year. It’s really important to laugh every day – if I didn’t, then I wouldn’t see the point of working in this industry. The hours are long and it can be tough, but the people

are usually charismatic, funny and bright, so you need to enjoy the culture. Never be afraid to ask questions. My first mentor, Lyndy Payne, told me that. She was a female pioneer in advertising, and introduced me to a brilliant network of senior women in the industry. There are still more men than women at the top. Last year I served as president of the organisation Women in Advertising and Communications London, which offers training and mentoring to young women. It makes me a better boss. Sometimes you wonder who is mentoring whom, because the experience is so inspiring and forces you to question your received wisdom. Make an effort to meet people, because that’s how you build your network. I know a lot of people across the industry, so I’ll be able to connect my mentee to the right people. The communications landscape is quite complex now and there are lots of different paths, so I can help someone work out the right role for them. Grab all the work experience you can. It’s the people who are curious and openminded about different opportunities who have the most interesting careers.


mentor How to be mentored by Camilla

If you would like to have Camilla as your mentor, apply at by 30 September. The successful applicant will get an hour-long mentoring session with Camilla, followed by a minimum of two further half-hour sessions, over a three-month period. Watch out for our next mentor in the September issue.


We did it

our way From 50s frocks to fancy dress, four couples share their gloriously different wedding days – and not a meringue in sight Words by LAURA MILLAR


Locals turn out to help Lisa and Alex (far left) celebrate again

Lisa Gant, 31, a Marks & Spencer manager, and Alex Pelling, 33, a car-repair business owner, left their jobs three years ago to travel. Since then, they’ve married in a staggering 61 different locations and blogged about each one on Their favourite is their ceremony in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, in February 2013. ‘After Alex and I met in 2008, we decided to move to Australia, but we also wanted to travel before we settled down. We married in Didsbury, Manchester, in 2011 before moving away, so everyone celebrated with us. When we looked for a venue, there were so many restrictions and not many unusual or unique wedding places, which led to us looking for somewhere to get married while we travelled. That idea stuck and, one night, a few weeks before we left on our adventure, we got drunk and decided that we couldn’t find that perfect place without having a wedding in each one. ‘We’ve had over 50 now. Number 35 stands out for me. It was in the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa. We chose it as we wanted to share the traditions of each country through our weddings, and the township has a unique culture formed over the last few generations. People from different tribes, mainly Xhosa, have been thrown together and forged their own micro-culture. ‘The day was incredible. We were warmly welcomed. Everyone around Lungi’s B&B, where we were staying, joined in the celebrations. We were lucky to have Alex’s mum there; she was roped in to giving me away and could barely speak with the emotion. As much as we write the blog about all the weddings, it’s never possible to truly explain how it feels at the time. The emotions, the welcome, excitement, anticipation, smiles on faces It’s a breeze: Lisa and sounds of the singing relaxes in the – it was one of the most shade after special weddings we’ve had.’ wedding number 35

How we did it

The dress: Two local stylists chose my dresses. They were vintage to reflect a 50s style, in colours to suit the township. The houses are painted in bright pinks, blues and greens, so the contrast against the bright blue sky is incredible.

‘Two local stylists chose my dresses. They were vintage and in colours to suit the township’ The flowers: I had two huge hydrangeas, simply tied with a ribbon. The food: Fried chicken, curried vegetables and ugali – maize flour boiled with water. The drink: Local fruit juices. The cake: We didn’t have one. The special touches: The church was decorated with whatever we could find to make it special – red ribbons, tablecloths and even a Christmas tree. Being blessed by the pastor in Xhosa was also amazing. Everyone was singing and dancing, and I was given an African name to welcome me into the ‘family’. Photography: The total cost: None! Every photographer, videographer, wedding planner, florist, venue and vendor gave their time and talent to be a part of the project. 99

WEDDINGS The afternoon-tea cake added to the vintage vibe


Bethany channelled her inner hippy with a tipi adorned with homemade bunting (top right and below)

Bethany, 26, and Daniel O’Toole, 32, married in Cheshire last September. Bethany has her own vintage crockery-hire company, Betsy’s Living Vintage, and Daniel is a fraud investigator.

A suitcase is recycled to store guests’ cards

Vinyl 78s hit the right note on the dance floor

‘One of our first dates was on a tipi retreat in Wales. I’m a bit of a closet hippy so, when Dan proposed the next year, I knew we had to get married somewhere different. I found a site that hired out tipis and we chose the grounds of a lovely pub in Knutsford, Cheshire. We wanted the day to be really relaxed. I like vintage style, so I was keen to incorporate that, and we wanted people to leave saying, “Oh, that’s so Bethany and Dan!” ‘Dan and I decorated the tipi with the help of our friends. I had reams of bunting, all the plates and cups were vintage, and I bought loads of stuff from eBay, charity shops and car-boot sales. Everything was as green and eco as possible. I’m into recycling and hate waste, and Dan and I are vegetarian. I cleaned out tins and wrapped lace around them for vases, made paper streamers and the invites were on tea towels so they could be reused. ‘My pride and joy was the pompom chandelier that hung in the centre of the tipi. I really wanted a focal point. Dan and I were on pompom duty for months – between us we made about 150!’

‘I went barefoot, which I often do anyway, even in the office. I’ve got odd-sized feet’

Bethany and Daniel steal a kiss under pastel pompoms

How we did it

The dress: I designed it, then it was handmade by a dressmaker in Knutsford; the headdress was made by her sister. I wanted something 20s in style, and I love lace. I went barefoot, which I often do anyway, even in the office. I’ve got odd-sized feet, so it’s hard to find shoes at the best of times, plus without heels I’m the same height as Dan. The flowers: They were meadow-style. I’m not a roses kind of girl. I also had blue and dusky pink hydrangeas throughout. The food: The whole wedding was vegetarian: we had finger sandwiches, such as cucumber and egg mayonnaise, and scones with jam and cream, plus loads of little cakes. The drink: With the afternoon tea, we had prosecco and wine. Afterwards, we had a paying bar. The cake: People brought home-made ones, but I also got a chocolate cake made by a local woman who is fantastic at cake decorating. It had teapots and cups on top to go with our tea-party theme. The special touches: We had garden and lawn games, including croquet, a giant Jenga and coconut shy. There was a band, who also played vinyl 78s all night, and we had a tarot-card reader in the evening. Photography: The total cost: It came in at just under £25,000. 101

Cheers! Laura and Rob during the best man’s speech

‘We’re all mad here!’ The white rose and the Dodo walk ‘Alice’ down a grassy aisle

‘WE HAD A MAD HATTER’S WEDDING FESTIVAL’ Laura, 27, and Rob Jones, 35, married in East Sussex last September. Laura owns a hairdressing salon and Rob runs a musical software training company.

Curiouser and curiouser: white rabbit ushers (above), and Tweedledum and Tweedledee best men (above right)

‘It’s always time for tea’: guests baked for the big day

‘Rob and I are not the churchy, conventional types: I proposed to him and we had two weddings. The first was at the Burning Man festival in Nevada last August, which, as I predicted, was a week of madness. We had our second a month later at my friend’s farm in East Sussex. We met at a party there seven years ago. A friend suggested an Alice in Wonderland theme and we ran with it. It was meant to be small, but ended up as a three-day mini festival with around 200 people. We had lots of tents, so guests stayed, and came and went as they pleased. ‘The closest people involved dressed as characters from the Lewis Carroll story, and we asked all the other guests to come in fancy dress. I was Alice and Rob was the White Rabbit. My two best men went as the Walrus and the Carpenter, and Rob’s were Tweedledum and Tweedledee. My mum (the White Rose) and brother (the Dodo) gave me away. Everyone made such an effort – even my auntie Brenda rocked up with a drawn-on moustache. ‘The special part about this wedding is that we both wrote our vows. Saying mine to Rob was so emotional. Afterwards, Rob sang the Banana Boat song. I didn’t know he could sing, so that was a magical moment.’

How we did it

The dress: My nan’s 67-year-old silk wedding dress. I’m the third generation

to wear it. My Vivienne Westwood shoes, with red lips, were very Alice-like. The flowers: My friend Helen arranged my heart-shaped bouquet of red roses. The food: Friends Andy and Joel were our caterers. They made pizzas in their woodfired oven. My brother made jerk chicken, and we had a hog roast and burgers. Our bridesmaids also made cupcakes. The drink: We asked everyone to donate a bottle of champagne to the bar, to help with the costs, and one of our friends runs a brewery, so he set up a couple of taps of ale. The cake: Made by my best friend Leanne (the Queen of Hearts), it had three layers, including vanilla and chocolate sponge, with Alice and the Rabbit on top and the Cheshire Cat on the side. We didn’t cut it in the end, as I was 90 minutes late. With 10 bridesmaids and one hairdresser, it took longer than we thought to get ready.

‘Auntie Brenda rocked up with a drawn-on moustache’ The special touches: My brother’s a fire-eater, so he performed, and our friend’s brother’s band played covers. We know a lot of DJs, so they did different sets, and there was karaoke, too. Photography: The total cost: Around £7,000.

Everything Alice: Cheshire cats and playing-card balloons set the scene



Family came from as far afield as America, Dubai, Pakistan and India

Making an entrance in rainbow colours

The cake cleverly combined Aelia’s love of elephants and tea cups

Drummers play while guests prepare for a photo

‘WE WENT FOR MOD MEETS MOGHUL’ Aelia, 34, and Stuart Youngs, 40, married in Derby in May 2012. Both graphic designers, they live in London. ‘It was important to have a wedding that reflected both our personalities and cultures. My mother has Moghul heritage, and I’m fascinated with Rajasthan’s bold colours and elaborate architecture, so I wanted the ceremony to be as colourful as possible. Stu

has a very English background. His parents were mods, and he grew up listening to The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. ‘Kedleston Hall in Derby was our perfect venue – designed by quintessentially British 18th-century architect Robert Adam, the former owner was the Viceroy to India, Lord Curzon. We had two ceremonies there – the first was a traditional Islamic one, for my mum’s side of the family, and the next day we had a civil ceremony for Stu’s family and our friends. Asian weddings are typically huge, about 300-400 people, but we kept it small and personal. It was ideal. I’d do it all again tomorrow if I could.’

How we did it

The dress: For the civil ceremony, the traditional tunic and skirt was handmade by an Indian wedding-dress designer from east London. I teamed it with my first – and probably only – pair of Louboutins, as the red soles reflected the colour of the dress. The groom: Stu had an Indian suit tailored for the Islamic ceremony and changed into a slim-cut suit in the evening. The bridesmaids: Six, including my three sisters. I asked them to choose a different colour, and had the fabric especially dyed. We looked like the colours of a rainbow,

which made a big impact as we walked in. The flowers: English-garden-style flowers in white to offset the colour elsewhere. The food: An afternoon tea in the daytime and curry in the evening, both served on vintage English crockery. The caterers, Five

‘We looked like the colours of the rainbow when we walked in’ Rivers, served up huge dishes of vegetable and meat curries, plus samosas and bhajis. The drink: Fruit juice and cordial during the day, then champagne with the curry. The cake: Stu is obsessed with cake, so he commissioned Choccywoccydoodah. They designed a fantastic elephant juggling teacups in white chocolate with flavoured sponge. We’ve still got the elephant. The special touches: A string quartet played Aretha Franklin’s I Say a Little Prayer after the ceremony and we had Indian drummers outside. Photography: The total cost: £25,000. Q

How to plan your perfect wedding

From flowers to food and photography, wedding planner Kat Williams shares her valuable tips for an alternative big day 1. Do your research Wedding blogs are a good place to start. Have a browse and see what you like and (more importantly) don’t like. Start a Pinterest board, go through it with your partner and pull out key ideas. 2. Be the inspiration Most couples say they didn’t want a particularly ‘themed’ 104

wedding, they just wanted it to be very ‘them’. This is the perfect place to start. So if you love travelling, what about a map as a table plan? If you adore reading, how about books as part of your centrepieces? Once you start off, ideas will flow. 3. Ask for help DIY projects always take longer than you

think, so start early and rope in as many helpers as possible. Making 100 folded paper flowers is a lot less fun than making just one. 4. Get a great photographer Spend as much as you can afford on a wedding photographer. Whenever I speak to couples after their wedding, they always say, ‘It

went by so quickly’ or ‘The whole thing was such a blur, I don’t really remember the ceremony.’ Professional wedding photography is priceless, so don’t scrimp on memories. Kat Williams is from For more information, see the how to-plan-a-wedding section on her website.


Aelia and Stuart’s big day was a mix of their cultures and personalities


Taylor made it


From a flurry of failed film parts to the lead role in TV’s most talked about show: good things come to those who wait, huh, Taylor Schilling?

ABOUT TEN MINUTES INTO MY scared and selfish, as well as warm and interview with Taylor Schilling, I think loving. And that it’s treated as a love story, I may have offended her. This is not very not a gay story. It matches where we cool for two reasons: 1) as the star of the should be culturally with the issue of phenomenally popular Netflix hit Orange sexuality.’ is the New Black, she is the hottest woman Roles like Piper are frustratingly rare, on TV right now, and 2) I have been almost as rare as an entire supporting cast waiting to speak to her for quite some time, of women, made up of outlandish inmates. so probably shouldn’t do anything to From Russian Mobster’s wife Red to the jeopardise that… mentally unstable Crazy Eyes, much of Still, it’s fascinating that Schilling, who the show’s dark humour, but surprising Words by MARTHA HAYES turns 30 this month, had so many false warmth, derives from these unique female starts before bagging the role of her career. characters. The first film she landed after drama Such is the camaraderie on set (see school in 2006 – starring the one-andInstagram for proof ) of the most-talkedonly Meryl Streep – was shelved, her about telly since Breaking Bad, it’s not debut TV series, medical drama Mercy, surprising Schilling can’t wait to get back was cancelled after one season, and then into filming. ‘It’s bizarre, I don’t know how most of her scenes were cut from Ben it worked out this way. I don’t make friends Affleck’s award-winning Argo. Bad luck that easily, but we all just get along.’ comes in threes, as they say, only Schilling Turns out Schilling’s father, Robert, a doesn’t see it like that. former prosecutor in Massachusetts where ‘It’s funny to look at it through other she grew up, is reaping the rewards, too. ‘He people’s eyes,’ muses a laid-back but very loves the show. People have more awareness sweet-sounding voice down the phone from now. He worked with a similar population New York. ‘When I was living it, I was like, and people treat him as more humane.’ Jailbird: Schilling as “Oh. My. God. I have a job.” I was just so Maybe she likes the idea of giving back to Piper in Orange is the New Black excited to be working and paying my rent. her ‘very supportive’ family who ‘helped me I didn’t know anyone who had been an pay my rent when I dropped out of (drama) actor.’ She pauses, then laughs. ‘It’s only in hindsight I’m like, school’. After a difficult adolescence, she moved to New York as “Jeez, Louise!”’ Currently in a whirlwind of promo for the second soon as she could at 18 (getting a degree from Fordham University) series, and about to start filming the third, she’s equally blasé – and because ‘it seemed like a place where you could be whatever you not surprised at all – about the success of the cult show. But then, wanted. I didn’t particularly want to go to college… but it was my why should she, or anyone who’s watched the series back-to-back way in. I felt like I owned New York. When I dropped out, I was in true addict fashion, be? Based on Piper Kerman’s best-selling squatting in friends’ apartments, working as a babysitter. I lived in memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, it Queens, above a travel agency – that was a bit sketchy – then in tells the story of a middle-class New Yorker serving a 15-month Brooklyn, then back to Manhattan. I was all over the place.’ prison sentence for a crime she committed ten years previously – Sex and the City it was not. And that’s the joy of Taylor Schilling helping her then lesbian lover transport a suitcase of drug money. – cool, ballsy and lovely – and why, in a world of Carrie Bradshaw She only had to audition once. ‘Apparently, I did something characters, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Piper. right,’ she whispers modestly. ‘This was the best female role I had Thankfully she has no plans to hang up those handcuffs any time ever read. In my experience, men get to take the hero’s journey a soon. ‘My life has exponentially gotten better in the past couple of lot more; they come to a crisis, resolve something and get to know years. Thirty feels right on schedule. I feel like my clothes finally fit. themselves better. With female characters, it’s often in one mode, And I care less what other people think.’ like the neurotic girl or the sexy girl or the best friend, without Perhaps that’s why she confesses to being a bit of a bookworm. that journey. With Piper, I am definitely having a full experience. ‘I love reading and I usually go to bed by, like, 10pm. I like dinner ‘Some people think she’s whiny,’ she continues. ‘I think that’s with my friends, yoga and being outside. I am not cool at all.’ missing the point. She’s in really hot water and dealing with things Coming from the girl who rocks prison overalls like no one else, she hasn’t dealt with before. I love how imperfect she is, that she’s I don’t believe that for a second. Q not necessarily likeable, that I can explore the parts of her that are Series two of Orange is the New Black is on Netflix 107


All these shoes tell a story The women who own these shoes have collectively walked thousands of miles to escape the violent civil war in Syria. Behind each pair is a unique story of fear, resilience and hope. Marie Claire travelled to Jordan to meet the refugees who wore them in search of a new life Words by RUTH SHERLOCK Photographs by SHANNON JENSEN




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THEY STAND TOGETHER, huddled on an exposed patch of land in the vast, flat, red-mud desert. Sometimes they wait for days. Whole families, women travelling with crying babies and orphaned children, all fleeing the Syrian civil war. They sleep on the ground, braving thunderstorms, snow and torrential rain with nothing more than the clothes on their backs to protect them. Eventually, if they are lucky, the Jordanian army gives them permission to cross into Jordan. They come running over the low bank that denotes the border with Syria. Some are laden with all the possessions they can carry from their homes. Others hug babies, keeping them tight to their chests. In their eagerness to flee to safety, some stumble and fall into the thick desert mud. They are loaded on to trucks, up to 50 people in each one. They arrive at the reception area to the Zaatari refugee camp exhausted, dirty and hungry, penniless, and without friends, relieved to be out of a war zone, but fearful of what is to come. When the first families arrived here at Zaatari nearly two years ago, they thought they would be staying for a few weeks. Today, with no sign of the civil war in Syria abating, the Zaatari camp has become a ghetto; a place that more than 100,000 refugees call home. Nearly half of them are children. Off-white tents and aluminium shelters pitched in the dirt stretch as far as the eye can see. But alongside the hardship is extraordinary hope. The camp now boasts schools and medical clinics run by the UN and nearly 700 shops, established and run by its inhabitants. Tin and wooden huts house bakeries, hairdressers and vegetable stalls, while barbers sit alongside makeshift bridal boutiques, where excited brides-to-be can hire dresses and be given makeovers before their big day. The raging threeyear war against President Bashar al-Assad and his regime in Syria means there is little hope of these refugees returning home any time soon. But they’re determined to bring a sense of normality and pride back into their lives.

‘I used to be a philosophy teacher’ Rama’a, 29, fled Deraa, in southern Syria, with her children, on the ‘road of death’ ‘It took us six days to reach the Jordanian border. We travelled through the desert in a truck crammed with more than 100 people. At night, it was freezing – we had to lie on the ground. The only route available is called “the road of death”. You see the graves of the people who died on the way as you travel by. ‘For me, my home was the most beautiful place. We didn’t want to leave it for the world. I cry when I think about it. But we had no choice. Earlier this year my children’s school was raided by soldiers. They’d heard that some of the children had been chanting antiregime slogans, and they forced their way in. They pointed their guns and made the children kneel. One 14-yearold boy was shot in the head. ‘I used to be a philosophy teacher. We had a good life. When we left, we carried what we could. I arrived here just in these clothes and these shoes. These SpongeBob SquarePants shoes are my daughter’s favourite.’

‘I carried my baby in my arms across Syria’ Tara, 20, has a four-month-old baby and a five-year-old son, and travelled with her sister and their husbands from the eastern province of Hassakeh ‘We left Syria one month ago and it took 15 days to get here. We fled Hassakeh out of fear. Our children couldn’t walk in the street or go to school because they were kidnapping kids for ransom. ‘The day we decided to leave, there were planes above us dropping bombs. We packed just a few possessions in a hurry. We brought these dresses because they are special to us. They are our favourite clothes. In Hassakeh, we would wear them to parties and weddings. ‘First, my sister, my husband and I climbed on to one motorbike, speeding through the dark streets for one hour. Then we got on the back of a truck with ten other people. I had to carry my fourmonth-old baby in my arms. We drove like this for 12 hours. We crossed rebel and government checkpoints on the way, and at every one I held my breath in fear.’



‘Soldiers pointed guns at me and my daughter’ Um Nour, a 28-year-old schoolteacher, fled Damascus with Nour, her baby ‘Before the war, life was great. I was a teacher and I’d go on school trips with the students to the beach. In the evenings, my friends and I would go out to restaurants, or to the fairground near my home. ‘But over this past year, life became very difficult. The markets emptied, schools were closed. There was no flour, no milk. Nothing. Some people resorted to eating cats and dogs because there was nothing else. There is no fuel, and in the winter it became too cold to live. ‘Leaving my area was terrifying. It is under siege and I had no choice but to walk up to the government army checkpoint and ask to be let out. Guns were pointed at me and my daughter. I started to cry and the soldiers still wouldn’t let me through. ‘The gunfire was so close that gravel was flying up around me. Eventually, they let me through. I am ill with hepatitis B and I’m frightened of infecting my baby. But I can’t find treatment anywhere. I feel tired all the time. My skin is yellowing. I came to Zaatari to get help, as I need a special medicine, but I’ve been told it’s too expensive and that the doctors here cannot provide it. Now I am working in the mosque, teaching children religion to earn money to try to get this treatment.’


‘When we fled our village, bodies lay in the streets’ Rawa’a, nine, fled a massacre in her village with her mother and a neighbour, Wael Wael: ‘The Syrian army entered our village and started burning the houses of anyone who could have been working with the Free Syrian Army. They shot people in their homes and on the street. Dozens of people were killed. We escaped to the nearby town and returned home to find bodies strewn on the streets. ‘The soldiers put us all in a school hall and made us sing in support of President Bashar al-Assad. Guns were pointed at us and we knew we had to, even though he had destroyed our homes and our lives. We arrived in Jordan last night. It took us days to get here.’ Rawa’a: ‘These are not my favourite shoes. The army stole [my favourite pair]. They took everything from my house. I used to play all day. The boys played outside and I played with them, too. We used to run and see who could jump up on to the high wall at the side of the street. In school, I liked all my subjects. ‘The journey here was awful. I was scared. I had to stand up in the back of a truck and, as it went over the sand dunes, I felt like I was going to fall.’

‘I’ve been a refugee for a year. Today I’m celebrating my engagement’ Noha Abu Salam, 18, is about to meet a man her parents have agreed she will marry. For Noha, the arranged marriage presents a way out of the camp ‘I arrived in the Zaatari camp more than a year ago. I came with my uncle and my mother after we fled from [the Syrian capital] Damascus. At first, I didn’t like living in Zaatari. But now it’s OK because all my brothers and sisters are here. ‘Today is my engagement party. I woke up at six this morning to start the preparations. I am about to meet my husband for the first time. I’m nervous and excited. He is the cousin of my sister’s fiancé and used to be in the Syrian army before defecting to the opposition. Now, he lives in the city of Zarqa in Jordan, where he works as a carpenter. ‘I’ve hired a wedding dress and these shoes for $75 from a bridal shop in the camp. After the wedding, I will live at his house. I have been imagining my future husband and I imagine that I like everything about him. But we have never met, so there is no love. I just hope that he is a good man.’ Q To donate to CARE International’s Syria Crisis Appeal, visit


Kate Bush

Her extraordinary songwriting and unique artistic vision inspired a generation of musicians and enchanted audiences. Now, about to embark on her first tour in 35 years, the irrepressible Ms Bush is back



Clockwise from left: an unused publicity shot for Wuthering Heights, taken when Bush was just 19; performing the same song in 1978; her distinctive stagecraft also used dance and mime; on stage during her last tour in 1979


art banshee, part bombshell, a 19-year-old Kate Bush is making her first ever appearance on TV. It’s 1978 and she is channelling the spirit of Cathy, the tragic heroine of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, in her song of the same name. With a mane of frizzy hair, red lips and a floor-sweeping dress, she unleashes a wild, unusual voice and expressive dancing. The hit makes her the first woman to have a UK number one with a song she has written herself; the female artist all other singersongwriters since have been measured by. In a 36-year career, Bush has morphed from provocative princess to national treasure, via rumours of drug use, obsessive perfectionism, depression and reclusiveness. She’s rarely seen in public and last toured in 1979. No surprise, then, that in March, when she announced a 22-night residency this autumn at London’s Eventim Apollo, the tickets sold out in 15 minutes. The last time Bush toured, she was a leotard-wearing 20-yearold presenting a groundbreaking combination of music, mime, dance and theatre. Melody Maker hailed it ‘the most magnificent spectacle ever encountered in the world of rock’. Her performances were more like those of David Bowie than the female singersongwriters of the time. The petite and seemingly childlike Bush both pirouetted and prowled around the stage, singing about sticky female sensuality, gothic fantasies and violent emotions. It was a heady mix of innocence and precocious experience that ensnared her male fans and spoke to women everywhere. Outkast, Florence + The Machine, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Tricky and Björk are just some of the names who have referenced Bush as a major influence. ‘To me, Kate Bush will always represent the age of exploring your sexuality, when you change from a girl to a woman,’ says Björk. ‘I guess that’s what I found fascinating about Kate: she totally stuck out.’ But the real Kate Bush was, and remains,

an enigma. ‘There is a figure that is adored,’ she has said. ‘But I’d question very strongly that it’s me.’ Bush was born in July 1958 in Welling, Kent. Her Irish mother, Hannah, was a nurse and former folk dancer; her father, Robert, a doctor. She had two older brothers, John (known as Jay) and Patrick (Paddy). The family lived in a rambling farmhouse, with a barn in the grounds that Bush later turned into a recording studio. It was a bohemian, idyllic childhood, with books in every room, classical music playing and wild games in the garden. Jay went on to become a poet and photographer, while Paddy is an expert in traditional music and played in his sister’s band. Bush began crafting songs from an early age – The Man with the Child in his Eyes was reputedly written when she was 13 – and a family friend passed an early home-recorded demo to David 115


Clockwise from far left: the 1980 video for Babooshka; with musician Del Palmer, her partner of 15 years – the pair split when Bush was in her thirties; at a signing for the release of her album The Dreaming in 1982

Gilmour, the guitarist in Pink Floyd. He was intrigued by her raw talent, and funded a professional demo that ultimately led to her being signed by EMI in 1976, when she was just 18 and still studying for her A levels at the local Catholic girls’ school. ‘I knew I had to leave school then,’ Bush said. ‘I had to get away from the alternative career opportunities being rammed down my throat.’ For the next 18 months, she worked on her songs, studied dance and practised her performance skills in a pub band. Finally, EMI felt she was ready to record an album, The Kick Inside, and she chose Wuthering Heights as the first single. Her life following that performance would never be the same again. ‘It was extraordinary how everything changed. It happened, it was instant. It was frightening,’ she said. Suddenly, Bush was everywhere – on posters on the sides of buses, chat shows and children’s TV. Her unique style was adored and parodied in equal measure. No one was sure if she was an ingénue or a mad woman; a musical genius or one of the odd characters she embodied in her songs. For a young woman who was most at home in a recording studio, surrounded by family and friends, it was a confusing, challenging time – especially as much of the focus was on her looks. ‘People weren’t even aware that I wrote my own songs. The media just promoted me as a female body. It’s like I’ve had to prove that I’m an artist,’ she said. A year after her debut, her first – and, until now, only – stage show, The Tour of Life, was an opportunity to show her true talent. Taking in cities such as Munich, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as the UK, it was a huge success, the culmination of her journey so far. But it also marked the end of a chapter. Bush the performer would rarely be spotted in public again. The mystery of her ‘disappearance’ over the next 30 years prompted speculation, which was only fuelled by the sporadic release of her subsequent albums. Was she addicted to drugs; reluctant to reveal her ageing face and body; suffering a mental

breakdown? Various myths sprang up: she had stage fright and a chronic fear of flying, or was struggling to deal with her grief over the tragic death of a crew member who had fallen from the lighting galley at the beginning of the last tour. She was described as a recluse living in a remote country pile in Berkshire who hid from public view. The truth was far more simple and profound: this was a woman reasserting her identity, power and control in an industry and society that wanted to reduce her to a pretty face singing pop songs. ‘By the end of the tour, I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person,’ she said. ‘I felt that my sexuality, which, in a way, I hadn’t really had a chance to explore myself, was being given to the world in a way that I found impersonal.’ There were drugs, but it was joints and cups of tea, not heroin and LSD, that powered her experiments in the recording studio. Her exhausting perfectionism was about creating exactly the sound she wanted and exploring new areas, such as film and video. They were hardly lost years. Her career spans ten albums and 25 top-40 hits. She was the first British female solo artist to top the UK album charts, and the first female artist to enter the album chart at number one. Her acclaimed 1985 album Hounds of Love knocked Madonna’s Like a Virgin off the top spot. She is the only woman to have top-five albums in the UK charts in five successive decades, from the 1970s to the 2010s. In 2013, she was awarded a CBE for services to music. But there were also dark times, and the decade after her 30th birthday in 1988 was particularly difficult. ‘I think it’s a very important time, where there’s some kind of turning point,’ she said. ‘In your teens, you get the physical puberty, and between 28 and 32, mental puberty. It does make you feel differently.’ During this time, two close friends died from Aids and she lost her mother to cancer. She also ended a 15-year relationship with her bass guitarist, Del Palmer, although they continue to work closely together. ‘When your mother dies, you’re not a little girl any more,’ she said. She tried to lose herself in her work, a new and lasting relationship with musician Danny McIntosh and a move to the countryside, but her grieving couldn’t be postponed forever and, between 1994 and 1995, she broke down. ‘I spent a lot of time sleeping. I used to enjoy bad television, like really 117


bad quiz programmes or sitcoms,’ she said. ‘I needed to be in a position where there were no demands. I was just trying to recuperate.’ Slowly, she found the balance and normality she craved. In 1998, aged 40, she had a son, Albert (Bertie). Bush has strived to shield him from scrutiny and give him a normal childhood – albeit with a mum who has an estimated £30 million fortune and a helipad so she can make day trips to the family’s second home in Devon. Bertie’s birth began a new era of creativity for Bush but, as always, it was on her terms. She fitted studio time around the school run and released the critically acclaimed album Aerial in 2005, managing not to appear in person during any of the promotional activities. In 2011, she launched her ‘Christmas album’, 50 Words For Snow, with guest contributions from Stephen Fry and Elton John, and hinted at possible live appearances. But she was also cautious about the publicity. ‘My family life is incredibly important and it comes first. My work fits in around it, which is quite easy to do with the recording process. But doing

shows would be incredibly disruptive,’ she said in a rare 2012 interview. This month, when she walks on stage in London for her Before the Dawn residency, Kate Bush will be 56 years old. We can’t expect to see the siren of Wuthering Heights, or the avenging vixen of Babooshka, when she appeared in a studded bra with a knife strapped to her bare thigh. We might, however, see Bertie, who’s now 16, by her side. ‘I’ve always involved my family and friends in my music, and he’s the new member of the gang,’ she says. What we can be sure of is that whichever Bush appears on stage – the musician, the recluse, the mother or the wild child – she will be as captivating as ever. Q Gered Mankowitz’s exhibition of Kate Bush photographs is at the Snap Gallery, Piccadilly Arcade, London, from 26 August to 4 October

Kate Bush’s life in albums

Hounds of Love, 1985 Her highest-selling studio album was also a critical hit


The Kick Inside, 1978 A sensual, romantic debut, released at just 19 years old

Never For Ever, 1980 Lionheart, 1978 The follow-up cemented her Her first UK No 1 album – and the first by a female solo artist eclectic, theatrical style

The Dreaming, 1982 Bush also produced this experimental fourth LP

The Sensual World, 1989 Still only 31, Bush turned to James Joyce for inspiration

The Red Shoes, 1993 Aerial, 2005 50 Words For Snow, 2011 Recorded at a difficult time, it Now a mother, Bush seemed Featured Elton John, Stephen preceded a 12-year hiatus reborn on this double album Fry and Bush’s son Bertie


Clockwise from right: Bush at 21 years old; receiving a CBE, for services to music, from the Queen in 2013; with fellow musician Peter Gabriel – the pair recorded a duet in 1986

The government is pushing to improve the rights of fathers, but how many men will actually make use of them? Michael Hogan reports from the parenting front line, while three dads reveal their own choices


hen our son Charlie swam into the world five years ago (it was a water birth), I cut his umbilical cord and was the first to hold him: a little wriggly, greased micro-pig. After staring in wonder at this small but noisy pink alien we’d made, I handed him to my partner, Alex – both metaphorically and literally. Well, she’d be doing the lion’s share of the childcare from now on. Like many couples, Alex and I never seriously discussed who’d take time off to look after our first child. She’d be breastfeeding, so had to be close at hand. I was earning more, so it made sense for me to keep working. I took the standard fortnight off, then returned to my magazine job: bleary-eyed, with the odd bit of baby sick on the shoulder of my jumper, but happy. That’s the deal for the vast majority of couples I know. New mums can take a maximum year off after their child’s birth, while fathers are entitled to just one or two weeks of statutory paternity leave. Dad shuffles back to work, feeling guilty he won’t be around to help out more, while Mum does most of the heavy lifting parenting-wise. Dad’s jealous because Mum gets to hang out with the baby all day. Mum’s jealous because Dad gets to talk to grownups and have something resembling a life again, while she goes stir crazy, gets sore nipples and fantasises about killing Peppa Pig. Now, though, this widely accepted order of things could be set to change. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wants to introduce

‘shared leave’ for new parents from April 2015. For the past three years, parents have been legally allowed to share some of the 52 weeks’ leave, with the dad able to take up to six months, starting after the baby hits 20 weeks old. However, this can currently only be taken as a single block, ditto the leave the mum takes. Take-up by fathers, it might not surprise you to hear, is low. Clegg’s new proposals will make the arrangement more flexible, meaning parents can share the load as they see fit. The 52 weeks’ leave (apart from the first fortnight, which is deemed too important for a new mother’s recovery and bonding with the baby) can be divvied up. Provided their employers agree, mum and dad can swap places several times during the year. Theoretically, we could start to see more men taking nearly a year off to look after their baby, while their partner goes back to work. Or parents tag-teaming in and out, alternating between work and playground. It’s a neat idea on paper: progressive, promoting equality and bringing us more in line with our European cousins. In Sweden, famously, fathers are entitled to 14 months (yep, you heard correct) of paternity leave, on 80 per cent of their salary (up to a capped limit of around £82 a day), plus a ‘gender equality bonus’ of £300 per month. No wonder IKEA flatpack furniture is so fiendish – they’ve got months to assemble it over there. So what are the benefits of making like the Swedes? Experts believe it goes far beyond the amount of time we will spend in, and out, of the office. ‘Shared leave is a crucial step towards 125

enabling more women to progress into senior roles,’ says Charles Elvin, chief executive of the Institute of Leadership and Management. ‘There is still a haemorrhage of fantastically talented women in business. Shared parental leave is an important piece in the jigsaw of holding on to that talent. Anything we can do to bring more of those women back into the workplace or stop them from leaving will help organisations, women and society as a whole.’ That’s not all. Elvin also says that when businesses recognise shared leave, they will have more productive and motivated staff. ‘When an employer works with an employee on an issue like parental leave, it shows they’re valued and changes their level of engagement, and the nature of the relationship.’ Ceri Goddard, director of gender at the Young Foundation, is also a fan. ‘Greater paternity leave is a key frontier for achieving greater gender equality, and to benefit our society and economy as a whole,’ she explains. ‘Where care is needed at home, men need to step up and play an equal part. The government is going in the right direction, but could have been much bolder and learnt from other countries, where reserving paid leave for fathers on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis has seen the number of men taking leave soar.’ Will Clegg’s move make much difference? Sadly, I suspect not. Bosses will still raise an eyebrow if a man asks for more than a

fortnight off. Most men won’t even ask, fearing it would make them look unmotivated and distracted, damaging their career prospects. Indeed, a recent study found that one in three fathers who work in the City of London took either no paternity leave at all or cut short their two-week entitlement, while one in five thought it would be ‘career suicide’ to ask for time off. It seems that even in the 21st century, we can’t help slipping back into stereotypical gender roles: women are carers, men are breadwinners. The male ego’s a fragile thing and most men feel emasculated by being stay-at-home dads. We still want to be seen as alpha – even if the closest we ever get to hunter-gathering is hunting around the stationery cupboard for Post-its and gathering a tray of flat whites for a meeting. Full-time dads are still the exception rather than the rule. In these recessionary times, it’s often a role that’s thrust upon them by redundancy, rather than an empowering, proactive choice. Don’t despair, though. Dads are more hands-on now than ever. Charlie’s grandfather is often agog at how au fait I am with Pampers, Pom-Bears and CBeebies. By the time Charlie is a working man, his generation of dads might well take advantage of the rights Nick Clegg is fighting for now. And even if they don’t, they will certainly appreciate having the choice.

Richard Holt, 40, is the deputy editor of a newspaper supplement. He is married to Miki, 39, a PR executive, and took a year off to look after his daughter, now four

Despite not planning to be a stay-at-home dad, Richard Holt spent a ‘beautiful, exhausting’ year caring for daughter Mia (here with son Otis, too)

‘I never wanted to be a stay-at-home dad, but I managed to idiotically paint myself into a corner where it was my only means of escape. When Mia was born, I was filled with an overwhelming explosion of happiness splashed over a background of panic: “gorgeous bundle of joy” versus “massive responsibility”. ‘We’d intended to send her to nursery when my wife’s maternity leave ended after six months, but Mia still seemed so tiny we just couldn’t do it. So we muddled through with a mixture of grandparents, part-time nannies and days off. This system limped on for a bit until we caved in and hired a live-in nanny. It was a disaster. On day two I realised in the midst of our family home was a stranger, sharing our meals, overhearing our

arguments and, worst of all, spending more time with our daughter than us. I hated it. So in a moment of desperation, when Mia was one, I asked my boss for a sabbatical and, to my surprise, he agreed. I was given a year off, unpaid, with my job kept open. ‘Men love to think there’s something warrior-like about the work they do. But unless your job actually involves getting shot at, I can bet it is a hell of a lot easier than looking after a toddler. ‘Mia was one and a half when I started, that glorious age when children know how to manipulate but don’t yet have any capacity for empathy. Every day was a beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating time when I would laugh, and then an hour later weep, as my spirit was broken by a raging child who knew all my weaknesses and used them to take me down. ‘When the year ended, I went back to work, happy to be in the company of grown-ups, but also missing those long uninterrupted hours that made my girl and me so close. Mia is now four, and we also have a one-year-old son, Otis. Would I do it again? Probably not. Did having my wife bring in the money make me feel less of a man? Well, I suppose it did, a bit. ‘I would certainly recommend that my male colleagues try it, provided they are man enough. But to be honest, I can’t see many doing it. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got a lot further to go.’ 127

‘On the phone to a big client I was pitching to last year, I had to open the conversation by saying that if they heard anything unusual during our chat, like screaming, they shouldn’t panic; it was just my newborn daughter, Alina, waking up. ‘That’s the kind of thing I got used to during her first two months. As the director of my own, also very new, business, I learned quickly how to juggle helping out with bath time and feeds, and taking important meetings with clients over the phone or on Skype. Of course, it

Sean Williams, 35, is the deputy MD of PR agency Brazil. He is married to Tania, 34, a marketing manager, and took just two weeks off with each of his three children

For Sean Williams, taking extended paternity leave to care for children Seth, Poppy and Murphy was simply not an option


‘In the first few days after my youngest child, Murphy, was born four months ago, I had to juggle dealing with my five-year-old son Seth incessantly begging me for bedtime stories, and my three-year-old Poppy staging regular dirty protests – wetting herself because she wanted attention. The new baby needed changing what seemed like every five minutes, and an endless roster of extremely important clients kept calling me to make sure I was doing the best for them and their brand. It was chaos. ‘Because of the seniority of my position at work running the company, I wasn’t able to switch off at all. I was constantly checking my phone and

Ricky Kothari built his work schedule around caring for his newborn daughter Alina, now two

emails, jumping on the computer when everyone was asleep and generally trying to make it look like I was still in the office if I wasn’t. For someone like me, the new extended paternity leave would be career suicide. I couldn’t see myself taking even a month off, let alone three or six, and I think a lot of men in my position would feel the same. ‘That said, I do wish I could have had more time off myself. The problem is it was just so difficult. I always felt that people around me were watching; PR is quite a ‘young’ industry, and not many other people I worked with had children, so there wasn’t that level of understanding. The working-fromhome culture wasn’t so prevalent, either, so that wasn’t an option. In any case, nursery fees are so high once you have more than one child – ours were £1,600 a month – that the cost alone was an incentive for the highest earner to carry on working as hard as they could and earn as much as possible. Clegg’s paternity proposals might be a votewinner – but probably just for women. For men like me, I can’t see things changing any time soon.’ Q


Ricky Kothari, 34, runs product design company Innovashion. He is married to Sheenal, 34, who runs her own clothing business. After his daughter’s birth, he juggled his work to be at home with his wife for two months

wasn’t always easy; I had to head one big presentation on two hours’ sleep. Thankfully I never turned up to a meeting with baby sick on my suit, but that was just luck. ‘I gave up my job as a management consultant at the end of 2010 to start on my own as a new-product developer. It was a big gamble, especially as my wife was self-employed, too. My first product was launching around the same time Alina was due. The timing certainly wasn’t ideal, but it meant I could be very flexible with the time I spent at home. In my old job, I’d have had just two weeks’ paternity. ‘Running our own businesses meant we had nobody to hand things over to. We had to work around Alina’s sleeping schedule. But when she was nine months old, we arranged for her to go to a childminder, which meant my wife and I could both go back to work full-time. ‘It will be interesting to see if Clegg’s proposals do come into effect next year. If you’re self-employed, or trying to grow a business, taking several months can stall things. It did for me for those two months, but having that time to bond with my new daughter meant it was worth it.’



Form your own family fash pack with plaid prints, statement hats and a liberal dose of denim , Photographs by MARK SHEARWOOD Styling by RACHEL CAULFIELD

Previous spread (left to right): Yasmin wears wool coat, £105, Simonetta at Harrods; cotton sweatshirt, £130, MSGM at Yoox. com; cotton skirt, £109, Armani Junior; cotton socks, stylist’s own; suede boots, £40, Clarks; leather hat, £240, Gucci; headphones, £50, Urbanears. Tyrell wears cotton trenchcoat, £295, and jeans, £90, both Burberry; cotton hoodie, £89, Kenzo; cotton socks, £6 for two pairs, Nike; polyurethane trainers, about £49, Mini Rodini. Valentina wears wool coat, £580, D.Efect;

acrylic top, £18, Monki; jeans, £190, 7 For All Mankind; wool hat, £145, Emporio Armani; 22ct gold-plated necklace (just seen), £150, Alex Monroe at Harrods; pony-hair shoes, £615, Gianvito Rossi Opposite page: Yasmin wears acrylic playsuit, £22, River Island; chiffon shirt, £95.50, Fendi at Harrods; cotton socks, £6, Falke; patent leather shoes, £215, Dolce & Gabbana; leather belt, from a selection, Simonetta at Harrods; leather bag, £122, Little Marc

Jacobs. Valentina wears polyester sleeveless jacket, £115, COS; wool top, £120, Jaeger; jeans, £180, 7 For All Mankind; leather boots, £145, & Other Stories; rose-gold-plated necklace, £120, and rose-goldplated bracelet, £120, both Monica Vinader. Tyrell wears cotton shirt, £7.99, H&M; denim shorts, £16, River Island; socks, stylist’s own; leather boots, £40, Clarks. This page: Yasmin wears leather jacket, £209, DKNY; cashmere roll-neck sweater, £245, Gucci;

cotton shirt (tied around waist), £55, and studded leather boots, from a selection, both Pepe Jeans; tulle and sequin skirt, £41, Billieblush. Tyrell wears wool blazer, £320, Armani Junior; jeans, about £225, Roberto Cavalli; leather boots, from a selection, Pepe Jeans; nylon hat, £29, Timberland. Valentina wears wool coat, £350, Wood Wood; acrylic dress, £79, COS; nylon pop socks, £5.50, Falke; leather shoes, £465, Robert Clergerie; sunglasses, about £129, Retro Super Future; wool scarf, from a selection, Cacharel


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Yasmin wears wool coat, £575, Gucci; cotton T-shirt, £5.99, and jeans, £9.99, both H&M; cotton socks, £6, Falke; patent-leather shoes, £34.90, Lelli Kelly at Alexandalexa. com; nylon and faux-fur hat, about £245, DSquared2; mohair muff, £220, Roksanda Ilincic. Valentina wears wool sweater, £115, COS; leather skirt, £590, Peridot; leather boots, £325, Repetto; rose-gold-plated chain, £120, and rose-gold-plated pendant, £125, both Monica Vinader; leather bag, £1,695, Victoria Beckham at Harrods. Tyrell wears leather and wool jacket, £98, Bonpoint; denim shirt, £170, Dolce & Gabbana; jeans, £41, Levi’s at Childrensalon. com; leather shoes, £55, Dr Martens


Yasmin wears wool coat, about £365, and denim shirt, about £130, both DSquared2; denim dungarees, £95, Pepe Jeans; leather shoes, £180, Marni; nylon backpack (just seen), £30, Mi-Pac Mini. Valentina wears wool jacket, £810, Emporio Armani; cotton T-shirt, £48, Ganni; wool culottes, £395, Rejina Pyo at; leather shoes, £465, Emporio Armani; rose-gold-plated chain, £45, rose-goldplated pendants, from £105, all Monica Vinader; leather bag, £675, and sheepskin pompoms (on bag), from £105, all Sophie Hulme. Tyrell wears denim jacket, £17.99, H&M; cotton sweatshirt, £58, Little Marc Jacobs; cotton shirt, £90, Bonpoint; cotton jogging bottoms, £43.31, Jean Bourget; leather and suede boots, £50, Clarks; headphones, £45, Urbanears Hair and make-up by Lynda Darragh using MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble. Hair and make-up assistant: Scarlett Mcpherson. Models: Valentina at Next Models, Yasmin at Bruce & Brown, Tyrell at Urban Angels

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From sex to confidence, a baby changes everything — but not always in the way you expect, as four writers explain

‘The power and intimacy of sex gets stronger’ Rebecca Newman, 34, is author of The Bluffer’s Guide to Sex. Her daughter, Elsa, is 15 months old. ‘I probably think about sex more than most people. As the erotic-affairs editor for men’s magazine GQ, I write about it each month, and am continually sent an array of toys and books. In the first section of my adult life, I explored some loving, life-affirming and varied sexual set-ups, involving different numbers of partners of both gender. Now, I have a baby.

‘What I wish I’d known? Well, it’s tricky. A year after our wedding, in our early thirties, my husband and I decided we were ready to try, and were thrilled when the pregnancy test was positive. Would I at this point have wanted to know that afterwards my body would be different – my flesh not as close to my bones, my skin not as taut across my stomach? ‘I suppose I might have spent less if I had. My weakness is Agent Provocateur. Under my bed lies a box of silken nothings, which simply no longer work. But the truth is, nothing has broken or dropped off. I can still run ten kilometres (with sufficient incentive) and fit into my old jeans. I’m more at peace in my body. It’s a friend, it’s useful, it helped us create our daughter and I wouldn’t change a wrinkle. ‘As for love-making, yes, it’s also different. For seven months, I exclusively

breastfed a very hungry baby. Some days, I’d pump some two and a half pints. My breasts belonged to her, not to me; certainly not to my husband. There’s also a new level of distraction during sex. I’ve always got half an ear cocked for a cry, and there are somehow more voices in my head, “Can Elsa hear? Am I enjoying this?” ‘But as Elsa becomes older, I feel a closer connection to the free-spirited, sassy, pre-maternal me. My husband and I may not have the sexual frequency of before, but the power and the intimacy keep getting stronger. Then there is the tremendous, feminine, primal potency of motherhood. That welling emotion and surging joy of holding a small life in your arms, or of being clasped to the shoulder of the father of your child, your mate. And that, I’ve realised, is the strongest aphrodisiac in the world.’ 141

‘Yes, it stops you being cool, but actually you don’t care’ Laura Atkinson, 33, is a journalist and self-confessed ‘party girl’ from east London. Her daughter Nancy is eight months old.

Esther Walker, 34, has two children – Kitty, three, and Sam, one. Her book, The Bad Mother, will be published next year. ‘Before I had a baby, I thought that, if I read enough books, I’d be OK. And if I couldn’t find answers, I’d hire a nanny to find them for me. I scoffed at the idea of “mothering instincts”. You have to learn about babies, I declared, the way you learn how to drive. ‘Of course, the tidal wave of decisions to be made every day with a newborn knocked me flat. I hired help to give me answers, but they just asked questions: “What do you want her to wear today? What is she having for lunch?” “I don’t know!” I said. “I thought you would.” ‘I floundered around, my hubris dashed. That is until Kitty turned one and became very ill. My husband was away and when Mum rang offering to help, I wanted to scream, “Rescue me!” But I was suddenly struck by the feeling that Kitty was my child and the job was mine alone. ‘For three days, I nursed her through a 104°C fever and a terrifying rash. We slept and bathed together and we lived in our pyjamas, but we survived. ‘It was an empowering turning point. After that, I was strangely unfazed by decision-making. I laughed about how I used to fret over whether Kitty ought to have a morning nap. These days, with two children under three, I make 30 decisions like that before I’ve had my first cup of tea. ‘I wish I’d had the confidence to believe the answers were inside me all along. As a mother, that is your curse. But it’s also your blessing because, despite a few mishaps, you pretty much get it right.’ 142

‘Instead of an assault course, it’s a joyful adventure’ Kathryn Knight, 42, is a journalist who lives in south London with her one-year-old daughter Connie and husband Duncan, 33. ‘Before I had a baby, I had a pretty firm impression of what motherhood involved: not much sleep, even less spontaneity and an abrupt end to your social life. I was put off by exhausted mum friends telling me what hard work it was and, for a long time, I was convinced I didn’t want children at all. I didn’t ever feel a huge biological pull, so it became an intellectual decision. ‘Meeting my husband when I was 33 muddied those waters. Despite being just 24, he was clear he wanted to become a father, but he was prepared to sacrifice it to be with me. I, in turn, worried that denying him would be too great a burden for us. As my thirties ticked on, I reluctantly agreed to try for a baby, figuring that I’d deal with whatever life threw at me. ‘But what it did throw at me changed everything. Three miscarriages followed. The scans, the viewing of tiny heartbeats – two, in one case – and the grief of losing them felt like the most enormous cruelty. Now, I yearned for the baby I thought I might never have, and worried that I was being punished for my past ambivalence. ‘Finally, my body did grow a healthy baby and it has been the most rewarding surprise to find myself proved wrong about motherhood; to find that, instead of an assault course, it’s a joyful adventure, one in which the tiniest things provide moments of undiluted joy. Becoming a mother can make you happy in a way you can’t imagine. If you had told me that over a year ago, I honestly wouldn’t have believed it.’ Q


‘I wish I’d had the confidence to believe the answers were inside me’

‘When I first found out I was pregnant, I was nursing a hangover. Wrapped in a dressing gown and sitting on the sofa at home alone – my husband was working in LA – I panicked. “That’s it. I’m going to become a mum bore,” I thought. ‘The thing is, my life was, I thought, pretty brilliant. I loved my job on a newspaper supplement, which took me to parties with Kate Moss one minute and spas in Italy the next. I wanted to continue spending weekends partying, drinking red wine and watching Breaking Bad in bed. I’d seen other mums – once fun, cool women – now filling their Facebook feeds with endless pictures of their offspring; their worlds, once exciting, suddenly reduced to NCT coffee mornings and nappy chat. This would not, I vowed, be me. ‘Until Nancy came along – my beautiful daughter with the spiky, ginger Mohican. Thinking about the time before her is strange, like an old, familiar film that plays in my head from time to time but that I can’t connect to any more. She’s the greatest love I’ve ever had, the most obsessive hobby, the book I can’t wait to read – and I just can’t stop taking pictures of her on my iPhone and uploading them on to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’ve become the person I didn’t want to be, boring all my childless friends on social media. The “cool” me of two years ago would hate the “mum” me now. But, do you know what? I couldn’t give a toss.’


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The perfumer who created the scent of Comfort’s new fabric conditioners explains the process of inventing a new fragrance, while Coleen Rooney explains just how important scent is to her

SWISS PERFUMER FRANÇOISRAPHAËL BALESTRA, 39, has been creating scents since he was just 16 years old. Trained extensively in the science of perfume, he even comes from a family of perfumers. He says:


‘The most important quality of a scent is to be memorable. It should be a bit like a friend you know very well and you always enjoy meeting again. ‘I can’t imagine a life without scent. It’s like food without taste. ‘Having a fragrance on your clothes creates a kind of bubble around you in which you feel comfortable. This is why it is such a deeply reassuring feeling. ‘Comfort with Honeysuckle and Sandalwood has a very rich, warm scent. It’s the most luxuriant of the scents I created for Comfort. If it were a person it would be someone generous, convivial and extrovert. ‘The idea Comfort wanted to convey was of a new fragrance experience. We wanted to take people into a world of luxury, softness and comfort. ‘We devise fragrances in three parts – the top, heart and base notes. For fabric conditioner those parts play a dominant role at different stages: neat [out of the bottle], damp [out of the machine] and dry stages though it’s not a strict sequence but more an evolution. ‘Each time we smell a new scent, we compare this in our brain to past experiences. So a distinctive aroma can

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make us travel through time and instantly reawaken old memories. It’s like the thrill of hearing an old song that you used to know.’ COLEEN says: ‘Having scent on my clothes is so important to me. Scent lasts longer on fabric than on the skin, but scents can also smell completely different from person to person. I’ve smelt perfumes on friends that I own myself but have not been able to even recognise them, they smell so different. ‘Fragrance is a key part of my daily beauty ritual. As soon as I’m showered and dressed, I always spritz a scent. I wear perfume all day every day and even carry it in my handbag to top up throughout the day. ‘I’m adventurous with perfume and I’ll try everything. But I always come back to a few favourites that I’ve worn for years. Whenever it’s my birthday, my family always buy me perfume because they know I love to try all the new ones.’

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Five years, numerous quiff-cuts and a whole new sound later, the synth-pop star returns. Just don’t mention the word ‘comeback’ to Elly Jackson… 147


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Bulletproof: La Roux’s Elly Jackson rocks Coachella Valley festival, and picking up an NME award (below)

I have always felt like a solo artist. I only became a duo with [producer] Ben Langmaid a few months before releasing the first album because it felt like we should honour the partnership we had made. A lot of solo acts don’t. They just say, ‘Oh, it was produced by so and so,’ but those artists maybe weren’t in the studio until 4am for two years with that person. The last thing I ever wanted was the word ‘comeback’ to be used next to my name. It’s been five years and it was scary when I realised that my fans who would have been 12 are now like, 17. The new album took so long because it was complicated. I stopped working with Ben and started working with the producer Ian Sherwin, and we needed to build a relationship that was close enough to be with each other every day. The type of music we wanted to make was ambitious, and therefore we were not going to settle. I didn’t want to do computer music for the rest of my life.

I was diagnosed with residual muscle tension [which is common for orchestral musicians] in 2010 and had bad anxiety. I’d try to sing and only air would come out. I couldn’t sing In For The Kill any more. I think it was all the pressure of my schedule. It’s like when something creeps up on you because you’re too busy to notice it. You think you’re OK, then people start going, ‘You don’t seem OK, you seem like you’re not dealing with stuff.’ You’re like, ‘No, I’m fine,’ until one day you realise you’re not fine at all. I don’t do things by halves. If I go out, not only does the party go on for a week, but I’ll be out of action for a week. Nowadays I get more of a high from working than going out. I took a break from everything at one point and went to the Seychelles for like a month. No work, no computer, no emails. I only spoke to my parents, and I had something like 28 massages. I still came home quite tense. I’ve never known anyone still tense after so many massages! I’m a total control freak. Someone else doing something freaks me out more than me having to do it. I’d rather do it all myself. It wouldn’t be La Roux if I got someone else to play instruments. Ian plays bass and did a lot on the record, but I find it annoying when I have to bring a musician in because I can’t play a certain instrument. It’s like, ‘I just wish I could play it.’ What’s learning one more instrument? I’m trying the saxophone at the moment. I’ve always dressed how I want. I don’t sit with a stylist and go, ‘OK, I want to look like this.’ Designers sending me clothes? You’re joking? If I want something, I go and get it. I can’t be bothered to lick someone’s arse for six months so they’ll give me a pair of socks. I once chopped my hair off and looked like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. I just cut it all off, then I let it grow into the shape it’s currently in. Now I see hairstylist Kevin Fortune every couple of weeks. We love talking about hair. Fans try to grow their fringes out, so there’s all these people at my gigs with slightly too long fringes. La Roux’s second album, Trouble in Paradise, is out on 7 July


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The album to download, the place to go dancing and that song you’ll never get sick of. Here’s the month in music. Listen up…

The band we want to be in Or, specifically, the frontwoman we’d kill to switch places with is Yukimi Nagano (above) of hip Swedish quartet Little Dragon, who are owning festival season. Missed them at Glasto? Catch them at Secret Garden Party and Summer Series at Somerset House. The new gal on the block Small town, big talent and a Jay-Z-sized record deal. Sound familiar? Following in Rita Ora’s footsteps, Hampshireborn gal Alexa Goddard (right) releases her debut single Marilyn this month. It’s not the first song we’ve heard about ol’ Ms Monroe, but it’s ridiculously catchy. The dance floor to look good on Forget after-parties, now it’s all about the world’s first time-travelling dance party. Hot Dub Time Machine – an experimental audio-visual event launched by Aussie DJ Tom Loud – was a huge hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so expect the same moonwalking and Macarena-ing at London’s Wonderground (3–19 July). The greatest Australian export since Ja’mie: Private School Girl, it’s like, totally quiche. The album that’s growing on us OK, we initially wrote off Neon Jungle (left) as another put-together girl group, but their 90s style, kick-ass Victoria’s Secret show performance and signing to Storm models convinced us otherwise. Sassy debut album Welcome To The Jungle is the icing on the cake.


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Meet the other Ms Middleton



It’s about time a quirky new Brit girl shook things up in Hollywood. Enter TV regular turned sci-fi blockbuster star Tuppence…


She has the best name (and it’s for real). ‘My parents [erm, Nigel and Tina] just wanted a crazy name. It was a nickname my grandmother called my mum as a little girl. She was like, “You cannot call her that, she’ll get bullied.” But they went ahead and, luckily, I wasn’t. Nowadays, I get more questions about my last name: “Are you related to Kate?”’ She makes sci-fi sound really cool. ‘I’d never done anything like a blockbuster, and Jupiter Ascending was a big undertaking, but I was always so interested in that world because it encompasses such big ideas. That’s what the Wachowskis [the directors behind The Matrix] are about – having these bigger concepts and questions and putting them into a genre that explores different emotions in different worlds.’ She’s as modest as you’d expect. ‘I don’t know if I have many fans. Now and then lovely people write to me to say “Hi” and compliment my work – it’s probably just my mum being like, “I think you’re great.” She’s my number-one fan. I don’t even get recognised. But then

Keira Knightley finds her voice in Begin Again


Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon ++++, Comic Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this brilliant account of showbiz manager Shep Gordon. Hilariously funny yet very touching.

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again my hair does change all the time.’ But she’s (quietly) ambitious. ‘It’s so common now for actors to be an overnight success and suddenly springboard to a huge level of fame, and actually I don’t know if that’s a good thing. There’s no rush to do certain things. I don’t want to peak too soon. I still want to be working when I’m 90.’ And she’s definitely not scared of Mila Kunis. ‘There was this scene where I had to emerge from a bath semi-nude in front of the whole crew and Mila, just standing there. But I had nine weeks’ fitness training before doing that. If I was going to do it at any time, then I felt at least vaguely ready after that. My character and her two brothers [Eddie Redmayne and Douglas Booth] have a lot of power... it’s always the Brits playing the baddies.’ Jupiter Ascending is released early next year Begin Again ++++, Keira Knightley stars and sings in this charming New York-set music-biz tale. John Carney, the writer-director behind musical sensation Once, plucks the strings. Boyhood +++++ Shot over 12 years, Richard Linklater’s astonishing drama gently follows a young Texan lad (Ellar Coltrane), quite literally, as he grows up. Utterly unmissable. Joe ++++, Nicolas Cage, as an ex-con with anger management issues, dials it down for this sobering drama about absent fathers and surrogate sons. One of his most thoughtful roles in years.

Even though Martin Freeman has played a certain hobbit and won countless awards for his portrayal of a certain doctor, I still think of him as Tim in The Office. And I still watch repeats. And I feel bad; so I’m off to watch him in Richard III at London’s Trafalgar Studios (left, until 27 September). If anything is going to make me see him in a different light, it’s a mighty Shakespearean epic. Go, Tim! (Sorry, Martin.) Move over Tate Modern, there’s only one gallery worth mooching around on a sunny day and that’s Tate Liverpool. Its Sketchcrawl event on 12 July is like a bar crawl on the waterfront, but with sketches instead of drinks. For something equally off-the-wall, I’m abandoning summer blockbusters for Finding Vivian Maier (right, in cinemas from 18 July), the story of the secret street photographer who clocked up more than 100,000 photographs while working as a nanny in New York and Chicago in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Then, I’m prepping for festivals with Absurd Observations, an exhibition of photos from Bestival at Proud Galleries (from 23 July), before picking up the new Louis Vuitton Travel Book (below) to dream about the countries it’s safe to say I’m not jetting to this summer…


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Miranda Kerr

The stylish supermodel talks movie-star crushes, growing her own herbs and forming a (very good-looking) basketball team…

When I was a little girl, my grandmother and I would always drink Earl Grey together. She had a beautiful glass cabinet full of Royal Albert tea sets she would only get out on special occasions. Sitting and chatting to her is one of my fondest childhood memories. I’m always working on the terrace garden in my New York home. Each spring, I grow flowers, parsley, fresh rosemary and aloe vera. Next, I’m going to get a little lemon tree and some strawberries out there. I find the interest in my personal style a little weird. People ask about it all the time, which is nice – better than the opposite, anyway! My wardrobe is surprisingly small – I don’t hoard things. The pieces I wear most are my classic Dior masculine blazer, Frame Denim jeans and a Hermès bag I was given as a gift – I would never buy myself one. I love Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent, too.


I stick paintings by my son Flynn, who’s three, all over my fridge. He’s pretty creative – he draws great colourful faces. I’m really good friends with Lily Aldridge, and Flynn loves to play with her little girl, Dixie. I have a lot of friends with kids around his age – I’m already thinking about our next Halloween party. I’m a certified health coach. I don’t have time for regular clients, but I find it rewarding to help family and friends. I studied nutrition in Australia and the US. I drink at least three 500ml green juices a day – kale, spinach, cucumber or celery. I keep Truth Vs Falsehood by David R Hawkins on my bedside table. It’s my favourite book: I learn something every time I read it. Right now, I’m also reading My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. I tell all my friends to use rosehip body lotion as it gets rid of stretch marks. My son weighed 9lb 12oz, but I used it while I was pregnant, and have done every

day since I had Flynn, so I avoided them. I like natural beauty brands – Butter London is my favourite nail polish. The old film The Big Blue [1988] is one of my favourites. The cinematography is beautiful, and the guy [ Jean-Marc Barr] is quite cute, too. There’s everything from Frédéric Chopin to Dr Dre on my iPod. I like an eclectic mix – Billie Holiday, Fleetwood Mac, The xx, She & Him. I was on the school basketball team. I still love playing and watching now. It would be hilarious to start an all-models team; I think most of them would play. ABC Kitchen in New York is the place I go to with my girlfriends for red wine or Campari and soda. It’s so nice when we get to catch up in the city because a lot of us are always travelling. Miranda has collaborated with Royal Albert to design a range of fine china;


One of Miranda’s designs for Royal Albert

If only green juice gave us legs like these…




Ex-head of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, the first woman to hold the post, brings years of experience to Close Call (£12.99, Bloomsbury), her eighth spy novel about agent Liz Carlyle. She speaks exclusively to Andrea Thompson

How has your experience at MI5 informed the characters and plot in Close Call? The storyline, about young British men going out to Yemen and returning home hardened jihadists, is something that’s actually happening. When I was working in the field, the main threats were the IRA and Russia, but the way we gathered our information to combat terrorism was the same. An investigation can come in from a tiny titbit of info. The difficulty is knowing the right point to take action. If you take action too late, a bomb may go off and thousands will die. If you do it too early and you don’t have enough

information, you can struggle to prosecute the people involved. It’s a balancing act, and it’s what Liz is trying to do in the book. Liz Carlyle sounds like a similar character to Carrie Mathison in Homeland, with her high intelligence and dysfunctional private life. Is she typical of female MI5 agents? She has echoes of Carrie, but she works within the system – she’s not a rogue or bipolar. But yes, her private life is fractured. When you work in an organisation where you spend time undercover and can’t talk about what you do to friends and family, it’s difficult to forge lasting relationships with people outside the secret services. It’s why so many women, like Liz in the book, end up forming relationships with other agents within the service who understand what they’re going through. Do women make good MI5 officers? Absolutely, because they have their feet firmly on the ground, and they’re very good at listening and building trust. They also possess a degree of ruthlessness. But it’s important to emphasise that the violence in shows such as Homeland is exaggerated. The whole aim is to avoid getting officers into violent situations. The job of the secret services is to keep people safe.

by Laura McBride (£12.99, Simon & Schuster) The lives of an immigrant boy, a soldier and a woman whose marriage is crumbling collide to create a haunting and unforgettable debut.


The Incarnations

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by Susan Barker (£14.99, Doubleday) When quiet family man Wang begins to receive anonymous letters from someone claiming to be his soulmate from previous lives, his calm existence slowly unravels.

by Matilda Tristram (£16.99, Penguin) At 31, and 17 weeks pregnant with her first baby, Matilda Tristram discovered she had bowel cancer. A funny, poignant and beautifully illustrated picture-book memoir.


Caitlin Moran is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist for The Times. Her latest book is How to Build a Girl

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis I had no friends when I started school, so I used to sit on my own with one of these books and get into this fantastical world. It was a real juxtaposition with the council estate I was living on. Narnia is still a room in my head I can go to. Jane Eyre by Emily Brontë She wasn’t beautiful, but ‘plain as you are’ and very ordinary and working class. But what I liked about Jane Eyre was the idea that you could create yourself – you’re not at the mercy of your heritage or your parentage. If you ask yourself what Jane Eyre would do, you can’t go far wrong. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Han Solo and Buck Rogers were my ideal men before I read this, but then it became Douglas Adams – a gentle, liberal, educated, gleeful man who drank. I married the first man I met who reminded me of him. Riders by Jilly Cooper This was the first book I could borrow on my own adult ticket at the library (rather than having to use my parents’), which meant access to rude books. It was the first porn I ever read and very exciting – beautiful horses and shagging all night.

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Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll: the Science of Hedonism by Zoe Cormier (£14.99, Profile Books) Cormier, of cult popular science group Guerilla Science, explores some of life’s burning questions.

Revolution in the Head by Ian McDonald I read this in labour with both my kids because it was so comforting. If you love the Beatles, you have to read it. Not doing so is like being Christian and not reading The Bible. How to Build a Girl (£14.99, Ebury Press) is out now. Caitlin’s tour starts on 3 July




Skincare & suncare? You can have both We all want suncare that looks after our skin as well as protecting it from UV rays. Oh, and one that doesn’t make our face super-shiny, please


ou know you should wear an SPF. But how long have you felt let down by greasy or highly perfumed sun-protection products that just seem to sit on the surface of the skin? Fortunately, those days are well and truly over. Suncare is no longer a case of ‘one size fits all’. Right now, it’s just as much about skincare benefits as it is about protection. Out go thick, greasy lotions, in comes Eucerin’s new breed of suncare, with ultra-light formulas. What’s more, Eucerin’s products help strengthen the skin’s own defences against sun damage, effectively delivering suncare that does more than just protect your skin. The really clever thing is that Eucerin suncare targets individual skin types. There is an ultralight formula for everyone, from those with oily right through to very dry skin. The range is also good news for sun allergy sufferers, who until now had few alternatives available other than staying out of the sun altogether. So, at last, you can feel confident in protection that at the same time targets specific skin types. For combination to oily skin, try Eucerin Sun Face Mattifying Fluid

SPF30 and SPF50, from £15, a soft, comfortable formula that mattifies on application and leaves skin shine-free. If you have very dry skin, try Eucerin Sun Face Cream SPF50, which is even clinically proven to be suitable for use with eczema. Alternatively, soothing Eucerin Sun CremeGel with Sun Allergy Protection SPF50, £19, is formulated to help protect against sun-induced damage and sun allergies. Post sun-care is vital. Eucerin After Sun Lotion, £12.50, is cooling and helps relieve skin tightness caused by sun exposure. The formula, containing vitamin E, supports the skin’s own regeneration and helps to keep it looking healthy and radiant. And who wouldn’t want that?

The Eucerin range is really good news for those with sensitive skin

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Street style Barcelona

SEAT Mii and Mango – two iconic Spanish brands – have teamed up with blogger Lucy Williams to look at what’s cool in this hottest of cities

Geometric patterns add a modern edge


Top-to-toe black is always a favourite fail-safe. Layering up different textures such as leather and silk saves it from merging into one, while baring some skin, just an ankle or midriff, makes black summer-appropriate, too. Then add the essential summer accessory – the SEAT Mii by Mango in black. Perfect.

Layer black on black even when the sun shines


STYLE BLOGGER’S GUIDE to the city Lucy Williams whizzed around Barcelona in the stylish SEAT Mii by Mango – the ultimate fashion accessory. Discover some unbeatable views, such as this one overlooking the whole of Barcelona.

White jeans and aviators are both summer staples


There’s nothing better than an all-white look on a summer’s day. Tan, nude and denim accents keep it casual, but still neutral. Make sure the look stays cool and summery with one more addition – a SEAT Mii by Mango in nude.

Drive to the arty El Born area to find cool boutiques and cafes, such as modern tapas joint Numero 9.

Mixing shades of nude looks chic on a hot day

Take a stop at Plaça Reial and peoplewatch at one of the square’s many palmshaded tables. Makamaka is the perfect postbeach spot to start the night ahead. They serve amazing cocktails.


Both Mango and the SEAT Mii come from Barcelona, and to celebrate this fact we are giving away £500worth of Mango vouchers to the first 100 people who order the SEAT Mii by Mango, available in the UK from August. Just go to uk/SEAT-MiiByMango for details. The Mii comes in two cool monchrome options – Nude and Black – to coordinate with your entire wardrobe.
















in stores 24 July






Riccardo showed us his softer side, but the Givenchy woman is still seriously streetwise. The house’s now-famous Bambi sweatshirts were replaced by cool cardi/ bomber-jacket hybrids, while blocks of bold colour punctuated the pretty lace. Wool and cashmere cardigan, about £1,590, silk and crêpe de Chine sweater (worn around the waist), about £1,018, silk twill and silk lace skirts, about £3,015 each, and suede and silk velvet shoes, about £937, all Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci



New York’s king of colour has gone grey. Slate, charcoal, silver – you name it, Michael worked it this season. And in every delicious texture imaginable. Wool coat, £1,825, mohair sweater, £620, tweed and sequin silk tulle skirt, £4,800, and suede shoes, £695, all Michael Kors


Jason Wu’s inaugural performance acknowledged all the house’s tailoring codes, while pushing them into the future. His dazzling dress finale took the Boss woman from work to play, prompting a standing ovation from Gwyneth Paltrow, who sat front row. Sequinned silk dress, from a selection, and leather shoes, £750, both Hugo Boss


Jewel-coloured brocades and rich embroidery made jackets look practically couture-like. Dark, beautiful, delicate – this is Mr Moralioğlu at his big, easy best. Lurex jacket, £2,240, and lurex trousers, from a selection, both Erdem


Forever steering fashion in totally new directions, Miuccia Prada styled delicate chiffon slips with psychedelic shearling coats and Mary-Jane wedges made from industrial rubber. The principle sounds tricky to pull off. The practice? A modern mash-up of style references that looks nothing short of chic. Wool and shearling jacket, £3,670, georgette and leather shirt, £865, silk organza and leather dress, £1,095, viscose slip, £280, crêpe de Chine scarf, £165, leather and rubber shoes, £550, and patterned briefs, £280, all Prada


Leather is the label’s fabric forte, so, in her second season at the helm, Alessandra Facchinetti is making everything from it. High-shine patent tees and super-supple shirtdresses, as well as, of course, great accessories. Hers is the name to know now. Leather dress, £4,590, and leather boots, £650, both Tod’s


Nicolas Ghesquière’s Vuitton debut was polished – full of glossy leathers, sharp cuts and cinched silhouettes. Nods to the house’s heritage came in the form of delightfully tiny trunk bags. Leather coat, £5,850, leather boots, £1,200, and brass gold earring, £350, all Louis Vuitton


Stella used metallic mountaineering cord to add decoration and definition to sportswear-inspired shapes. Cara loved her spongy, flatform brogues so much that she bounced down the runway in them for the finale. Wool and metal shirt, £810, wool and metal trousers, £1,095, and faux-leather shoes, £580, all Stella McCartney


Even when taken out of its supermarché setting, Karl’s new normcore look doesn’t fail to impress. Simply throw on trainers, joggers and an oversized coat to nail it. Bland just got brilliant. Lacquered toile jacket, £8,500, tweed dress, £4,885, lamé jeans, £920, and tweed and leather trainers, £695, all Chanel


Frida Giannini delivered fresh pastels and all-over animal prints in winter-ready materials. The 60s vibe reigned as sky-blue leather mini dresses were teamed with knee-high boots, and every Gucci girl got a pair of geeky aviator specs. Cow hide and leather shirt, £2,060, and cow hide trousers, £2,880, both Gucci; leather shoes, £455, Aquazzura


The Italian master returned to the tailoring techniques on which he built his empire. Staple suits in corporate grey are sliced with lime, their proportions exaggerated for a new kick. The disciplined two-tone palette is expertly injected into 59 unique looks. Now that’s the mark of a true pro. Wool flannel jacket, £1,630, wool flannel trousers, £565, and steel, resin and flannel bracelet, £1,390, all Giorgio Armani


As the organza leaves of clever Christopher’s book-like ruffles blow in the breeze, their piped white edges create hypnotic linear patterns. Once again, London’s boy wonder proved that his imagination really is limitless. Silk organza dress, £4,000, and patent leather sandals, £650, both Christopher Kane


Once upon a time in Milan, a certain power duo presented a modern fairytale, full of wintry blooms, dark romantic laces and critter-covered capes with little red hoods. When the fantasy looks are broken down, each piece is a classic. Silk lace and silk velvet dress, £4,245, beaded leather shoes, about £826, leather bag, about £1,287, silk satin bra, £185, and silk satin briefs, £125, all Dolce & Gabbana


Dior’s classic New Look proportions are reimagined in futuristic quilted Puffa. Raf Simons isn’t afraid of off-kilter combos – he places delicate jewel embellishments on punchy acid dresses, or injects couture corsetry details into super-sharp tailoring. Silk top and nylon skirt, both from a selection, and rubber and leather shoes, £910, all Dior Words by Caroline Leaper. Hair by Thomas McKiver at Sarah Laird & Good Company. Make-up by Moani Lee using Hourglass Cosmetics and Tata Harper. Nails by Liang at Atelier Management using Chanel Le Vernis. Model: Alla Kostromichova at Supreme Management

La Dolce vita When Dolce & Gabbana invited Marie Claire to introduce hot model Ginta Lapina as the face of its new skincare line, our answer was yes – obviously. Here she is in an exclusive preview of their pre-fall collection

Photographs by SIMON UPTON Styling by LISA OXENHAM

Silk satin lace dress, about ÂŁ1,780, leather shoes, about ÂŁ565, both Dolce & Gabbana

Crochet dress, about £3,330, Dolce & Gabbana. Ginta is using Aurealux Cream, £84, Aurealux Serum, £84, Aurealux Eye Gel, £44, Aurealux Masks, £110 for six, and Essential Cleansing Milk, £32, all Dolce & Gabbana

Kate (left) wears silk satin lace dress, about £5,885; Anais (centre) wears silk satin lace dress, about £2,692; Ginta (right) wears silk satin lace dress, about £3,606, all Dolce & Gabbana Skin Collection

Silk satin lace top with PVC collar, about ÂŁ1,004, Dolce & Gabbana

Stretch silk satin and silk lace slips, from ÂŁ335 each, Dolce & Gabbana Hair, make-up and nails by Rick Yang Creative Team. Models: Anais Mali at Viva Models London, Ginta Lapina at Storm Model Management, Kate King at Premiere Model Management. Photographer: Simon Upton at The Artist Group Australia

Back for good

Katherine Heigl retreated from the limelight to a ranch in Utah. Now, she’s feeling the pull of Hollywood once again – but things are going to be different this time…


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‘I stopped challenging myself. That was part of why I took time off, to ask myself, “What am I looking for?”’

THIS HOUSE IS LEASED FOR JUST ONE YEAR, A RAMBLING THREE storeys set on a verdant hillside in a trendy LA neighbourhood. There is a swimming pool, a hot tub, avocado trees so burdened with heavy fruit that every few minutes one comes crashing through the foliage, hitting the ground with a thud. There are patios and decks and vertiginous stairways everywhere. Katherine Heigl rented the house unseen, responding to an internet advertisement. When she walked in, she freaked out at the many levels and stairways and sheer drops of the property, realising that her move back to LA could be deadly for her two daughters, Naleigh, five, and Adalaide, two. Luckily, she and her husband, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley, are both handy do-it-yourselfers, and don’t shy away from a project: fences were put in, gates and latches mounted and, just like that, Katherine, or Katie as she calls herself, had turned a treacherous situation into a safe one. And she’s doing the same for her career. The reason she has rented this house is because she is now getting back to her life’s work, newly rejuvenated but still wary of the challenges of her success. She has a new show, State of Affairs, on US television this autumn, and did the voiceover for one of the main characters in animated film The Nut Job. ‘This thing that was my best friend for a long time suddenly turned on me,’ she says of acting, fame, the Hollywood machinery of stardom, and her road back. ‘And I didn’t expect it. I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me.’ She’s sitting at a glass-topped table on a stone patio, just outside her husband’s temporary recording studio on the lowest level of the house, a few computers and keyboards in front of an empty wine rack, next to a bar with a half-empty vodka bottle and red plastic cups around the sink. Heigl opens a wine bottle and pours a glass of white for herself and one for me as well. She sips, sighs and smiles. When Heigl and family left Los Angeles in 2009, she was ending a remarkable run that started when her breakthroughs in the television hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy and the 2007 romantic comedy Knocked Up transformed her into one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She capitalised on her success by appearing in three more romcoms in three years – 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Life As We Know It. ‘I had an amazing time. I love romantic comedies. I was so stoked to be doing them. But maybe I hit it a little too hard. I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller.’ Heigl unhesitatingly owns up to her mistakes. She casts most of the blame on herself for any hardships she endured. ‘I stopped challenging myself. It became a bit by rote and, as a creative person, that can wear you down. That was part of why I took that time off, to ask myself, “What do I want? What am I looking for?” and shut down all the noise.’ Her move up to Utah in 2009 did not begin as a renouncement of her acting career; it was simply a move to a place that she loved: the rambling, hilly 25-acre property that she and husband Josh had bought in 2006, and spent three years working on. When it was finally finished, she moved up the mountain and just didn’t feel like coming back down. She immersed herself in what she calls country living – cooking, knitting and sewing, making soap. Before the arrival of her youngest, Adalaide, she set to work making crib bumpers, painting the nursery, even sewing window valances on frames Josh had built. ‘I was so proud of myself,’ Heigl says. ‘I stepped back when that room was done and I was like, “We did this, we didn’t have some decorator come in and just go buy stuff.”’ Heigl had already become an obsessive Pinterest pinner and, along with her older sister Meg, found she could lose herself in her organic garden and homemade berry preserves, and could even envision an empire built not on acting but her embrace of what she calls her country side – a kind of Goop for the Nashville set. She met Josh, a country singer, on the set of his video for 2005’s Only You (she played a girl giving him goo-goo eyes, only, in her case, she wasn’t acting). The two have built a life on the ranch that’s very much a reallife country ballad, with horses, donkeys, goats and a big old barn where she can set out a meal for a few dozen guests. She can whip up some classic comfort food, like chicken fried steaks from her mother-in-law’s handwritten recipes. ‘It’s not rhinestone dresses kind of country,’ she says. ‘It’s the gardening and making our own preserves, soap, even furniture. We’re in the country world, so why not really embrace it, go for it?’ In a video she put together with Meg – ‘We were just trying things out’ – she provides the voiceover for a kind of road map of her life on the ranch, with strumming guitar and loving close-ups of berry preserves and country dinners, turkeys, babies in overalls, glasses of wine and gorgeous sunsets. ‘It’s a quieter life,’ she says in the video, ‘a simpler one for which we are very grateful. I’ve found, over the years, it’s easy for us to get lost in the hustle of our lives and forget the heavenly days that come our way.’ The video is a 185


‘Nothing feels better than doing work people are actually watching. I still get so excited by it’


potential pitch for a lifestyle brand built around Heigl, husband Josh and their Utah ranch, for those who want ‘sewing patterns that bring joy rather than frustration’. She shakes her head and takes a sip of wine. ‘Oh yeah, I had a moment where, I don’t know, I was thinking, “Maybe open a knitting store, get my money out of retirement accounts and live off that, live off the land.” I had my moment where it all seemed so complicated and all I wanted to do was simplify.’ The narrow winding road Heigl is calling home these days is blissfully free of paparazzi, and she hopes to keep it that way – ‘Please don’t print where I live!’ For now, she and Josh can take the kids for happy-hour dinner at local restaurants and enjoy quiet family time. When I drove up the narrow, winding road, I was sure I had stumbled on to the wrong Los Angeles canyon until I saw the large, black SUV with Utah plates, a sure sign that I was in the right place. Josh came out to direct me into a parking space and then let me in, calling for his wife to tell her I was here. She’s more cautious than she used to be in interviews – her earnestness has landed her in trouble in the past. She says that when she first became ‘someone’, she was even thrilled when paparazzi first started following her. ‘I was like, “Hey, I must be famous.”’ But while she’s over her first flushes of fame – and very tired of paparazzi – she is still delighted that she gets to do what she does, has fans, and is in a position to have her work seen by millions. ‘Nothing feels better than doing work people are actually watching,’ she says. ‘It was rough in the beginning. I did everything from a Hallmark movie to really B, maybe D, horror movies. I always worked. I worked and worked and worked to reach that point where people were watching me, where I had an audience. I still get so excited about it.’ In the shade of the avocado trees, she smiles down at her dog Gertrude, a rescued, toothless Chihuahua whose tongue permanently hangs out to one side. Another avocado comes crashing down, causing the dog to jump and Heigl to smile. She is wearing tan flats, black stretch trousers and a floral tan and white top. Her nails are done in a muted grey, diamond rings on both hands. It’s the outfit of a busy mum taking a break for a business meeting, which is what these interviews are for a working actress and mother. Heigl, whose sister Meg was adopted from Korea, adopted her own daughters, Nancy Leigh (known as Naleigh) and Adalaide. Both girls are also of Korean descent, in part because of Heigl’s desire that her own family should resemble the one she grew up in. Her own mother, Nancy, still plays a central role in her life, though Heigl is reluctant to call her a manager, now preferring to describe her as the CEO. The two still work closely on all of Heigl’s projects, in particular her charitable organisations, including the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, named after Heigl’s older brother, who died in a car accident when she was just seven. The animal-rescue group works with numerous animal-rights groups in LA to fund spay and neuter clinics, to rescue animals from shelters where they may be destroyed and to find homes for those in need. ‘I grew up with animals,’ says Heigl, ‘and I believe that anyone who would harm an animal would also harm a human being.’ All her seven dogs are rescued from shelters, including Gertrude, who was deemed unadoptable because of her missing teeth. The dog goes everywhere with Heigl and is partial to room-service scrambled eggs. ‘She’s had eggs at The Ritz in London, at The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca…’ It is a tribute to Heigl’s fierce loyalty that, once she takes you in, man or beast, she will never let you go. She jokes that her mother views the clan as a country version of the Corleone family, but Heigl is just as fiercely loyal to her siblings, her friends and husband, Josh, who has been known to bulldoze a path through over-eager paparazzi when his family is feeling trapped. ‘Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty. I toss this word around a lot. The people that I love stick by me. It’s a very small circle. It’s very solid.’ And, for a while, up in Utah, that was enough. But she felt the pull of Hollywood. A working actress and model since she was 11, she was actually surprised she lasted so long at the ranch. ‘There’s a part of me that’s a Hollywood animal as well,’ she says. When she first began working with producers Joe Carnahan and Robert Simonds on the show that would become State of Affairs, about a CIA analyst who provides a daily briefing to the President, she was interested in producing rather than starring. Over time, she realised she not only wanted to play agent Charlie Tucker, she also wanted to be involved in storylines, script decisions and casting. ‘I can’t wait to get into the writers’ room and see how we do this,’ she says. ‘I feel like I’m finally rolling into the next phase of my adulthood.’ That means she’ll be spending the summer in this house, shooting the first 13 episodes of her new show. But in a few days, she and her family and friends will head back up to the ranch. ‘We made a deal where we will only do 15 episodes a season,’ she says, ‘so I can go back to Utah and do all the things that inspire me. I guess I really am a country girl.’ Q

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Up,up &away Make the airport your ultimate shopping destination and get all you need for a sun-kissed look



avvy shoppers know that a holiday begins in the airport. The routine goes: security, coffee, duty free for a reason. Apart from being your one-stop shop for every beauty need, with brands including MAC, Guerlain, Bobbi Brown and Lancôme – often at prices that blow the high street out of the water – it’s also the best place to find everything you need for your holiday look, including travelexclusive products that can only be found at the airport and offer great value. Bronzed, rose gold and peachy tones lend themselves to endless sunny beach days so get to the airport a little early and allow yourself some time in World Duty Free to arm yourself with the essentials required for our ‘Beautifully Bronzed’ look.

Power brows

Sun-kissed skin

Lip service

If you’re heading somewhere sunny, you’ll find skin simply won’t need the amount of coverage it normally does. Bobbi Brown Face Touch-up Sticks, £15.80 each, are invaluable and easy to travel with. Apply to areas that need evening out and blend in lightly with fingertips. A touch of Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, £28.45, will cheat a sun-kissed glow until you have a real one. Lastly, a sweep of colour over the apples of your cheeks with Clinique’s Cheek Pop in Peach Pop, £14, will add the perfect finishing touch.

Smoked-out eyes can look a little too bold if brows are neglected. Use the powder and wax in Benefit Browzings, £20.40, to fake what you don’t have. This great little kit contains everything you need to tidy and shade your brows including brushes and mini tweezers!

Prep lips with a balm such as Elizabeth Arden 8hr Lip Protectant, £7.90, in a travel-ready tin. Clinique Chubby Sticks are a jet-setter’s best friend, easy to travel with and small enough for you to take a handful of shades in your bag. Pick up the ‘trio’ pack at the airport, £39 (travel exclusive), and apply a few swipes to your lips. We used Mighty Mimosa.

Sultry eyes

Summer evenings call for a subtly intense look. Begin by blending the warm shade of Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 02 Nude, £26.65, along your upper lash line for definition. The warm brown shade will make eyes come alive. Lancôme Absolu Nude Palette, £34.95 (travel exclusive), is an essential, with everything you need to create countless looks. Pat a small amount of the creamy white highlighter into the inner corners of eyes to make them appear larger. Benefit’s Lashes with Altitude They’re Real Mascara, £29.50 (travel exclusive Duo Set), bestows full Bambi-esque lashes.


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Struggling to get a symmetrical feline flick? Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, £18.50, is a revelation. It’s a gel formula in a pen, but the magic lies in the soft angled nib, which nestles neatly in between the lashes and practically guides itself.

Nude nails are far from boring – at least when Dior is involved. Its Vernis Transat Edition in 210 Yacht, £22, is our kind of nail art. Paint on two coats of the taupe, allow it to dry and then lay a clear sticker, with its nautical stripes, over the top. Press into place and trim the edges. Et voilà!



A matte gloss does sound like something of an oxymoron, but L’Oréal Paris Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in 510 Cherry Crop, £7.99, is richly pigmented – like a matte lipstick, but with the formula and ease-of-application of a gloss. The most effortless bold lip you’ll ever wear.


Dermatologists will tell you the kindest thing you can do for your skin in the summer (apart from use SPF) is to up your antioxidants. Sun equals free radicals — and free radicals, as we know, equal skin damage, as they break down collagen. Perricone MD’s new mask, Chloro Plasma, £67, uses the antioxidant chlorophyll (the substance that makes plants green) to mop up and neutralise these harmful blighters, leaving your skin looking bright.


LET’S COLOUR If you have parched skin

you’ll know blush can accentuate dry patches.The solution: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush, £35. It’s full of moisturising oils and contains ground micropearl for a soft sheen. It’s blendable, so buff over the apples of your cheeks with a brush and blend up towards your temples. For more beauty goings-on, go to

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ALIX: The new St Tropez Self Tan Express, £33, starts developing straight away. Leave it to develop for one to three hours, depending on the colour you want, then wash it off – so, in theory, you could get home from work and be lightly tanned by the time you go out. What’s more, it contains technology that adapts to your own skin tone to ensure you have a natural golden glow rather than a Tangoed disaster. Follow up with an aloe vera-based moisturiser, such as St Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturiser, £10 – it locks in the tan and keeps the colour for a few extra days.

Q: I’m run down and exhausted, and my skin has become sensitive and dry. How can Lisa Oxenham I fix it quickly? Beauty & style director Jennifer, 38 LISA: If you’re run down or ill, your body puts the immune system before skin and hair, which is why they show the first signs. A short-term fix for stressed skin is Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate, £23. It makes everything much more comfortable. But you need time to treat the symptoms. Facialist Marie Reynolds’ Fifth Element treatment at Fortnum & Mason, £180 for 90 minutes, combines diet and lifestyle advice with a rejuvenating facial. ‘If you’re run down, sleep becomes disrupted and stress levels rise,’ she warns. ‘This can lead to red itchy spots.’ Using antioxidants, essential oils and pulverised crystal, the treatment is truly all-encompassing.


CALVIN KLEIN Now you can always be primed for oily skin

Jess Lacey Beauty features editor

Q: I suffer from really oily skin, so my make-up tends to slide off. What can I use to keep it in place for longer? Kirsty, 33

JESS: I feel your pain – recently, following a meeting, I looked in the mirror to realise I’d had a face so shiny I looked like I had Vaselined it. Not a good look. Mattifying papers are great, but sometimes they are simply not enough, while powder just clumps together.The latest primer for oily skin is Max Factor Face Finity All Day Primer SPF20, £10.99. It uses micro-correctors that absorb sweat and oil, so skin won’t look shiny, and has some sun protection, too, which you can wear over your normal daily SPF without making skin any oilier. Wearing this will help your base last longer, so you won’t have to touch-up as much throughout the day.


‘As you begin to tan, mix your normal foundation with one that’s a shade or two darker to create a bespoke colour.’ Sonia Deveney, make-up artist weet us @mariec aireu # eautyq or contact our experts @lisaoxenham_MC @jesslacey_MC @alixrentsch_MC


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Q: I’m terrible at forward planning and always forget to self-tan the night before I need it. Advice? Deborah, 28


Splash out Dazzle in the heat with tan-intensifying neon make-up that won’t melt, slide or fade. It’s time to hit the beach

Photographs by ENRIQUE BADULESCU Words & styling by LISA OXENHAM


Fashion’s love of all things orange has extended to the eyes this summer. ‘Create a solid shape over the eyelids and blend just the edge, using your natural socket as a guide,’ says Giorgio Armani make-up artist Linda Cantello. ‘For a more subtle flash of colour, add a wash of orange to the socket.’ Using your finger, swipe Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo in Tangerine, £26.50, across your eyelids. ‘It’s important to keep brows strong, as they frame the face – do this with a waterproof pencil – but mascara is way too done, so replace it with a few sweeps of a gloss.’ Try Lucas’ Papaw Ointment Balm, £4.95, for shiny-looking lashes, while Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo, £19, is powder-based, so enhances brows without the waxiness. Jacket, Moncler Grenoble



Why save smoky eyes for sunset when they can look so chic in the day? Smashbox 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer, £18, keeps us racoon-eyefree for the summer months. Cantello also recommends using a primer with a water-based concealer, then a loose translucent powder to set. ‘Use a regular black pencil, smudge with your finger, then set with a matte black eyeshadow pressed on top.’ Invest in an eyeshadow primer and Giorgio Armani Waterproof Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in No.4, £18, for a look that won’t budge. Alternatively, try a hard-wearing cream gel shadow, such as Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow in Timeless Black, £4.99, which truly lives up to its name. Curl your lashes and swipe on several layers of mascara. ‘Focus mainly at the roots – too much mascara on the tips of the lashes encourages them to clump,’ says Cantello. Max Factor Clump Defy Water Resistant Mascara in Black, £10.99, will stay put. Meanwhile, Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths, £12, are the best waterproof-make-up-remover tissues and surprisingly gentle on eyes. Jacket, Muther of all Things; bikini bottoms, Chloé; goggles, Cressi at


The strength of this look relies on a single blast of colour. ‘The most summery make-up is a bare face, except for a vivid lip,’ says Cantello. ‘Orange enhances a tan, and matte textures work amazingly with a statement colour, making it really pop.’ Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 300, £25, is a matte tangerine with a steadfast formula. For more of a stain, try By Terry Tint To Lip in Beach Game, £22 – the gel formula feels watery when you apply, but once it dries it feels like nothing at all. Cantello recommends exfoliating lips before wearing matte, as it shows every bump. Sunglasses, Céline



There’s no question, bubblegum pink lipstick will get you noticed – but make sure it’s for its vibrancy and not for melting around your mouth. ‘This shade gives an instant youthfulness against bare skin, makes pale skin appear brighter and stands out on darker skin tones,’ says Cantello. ‘Add a touch of foundation to the outside of your lips to stop the lipstick from bleeding.’ For added sun protection, Clinique’s High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Very Currant, £17, gets our vote. While Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 504, £26.50, has high-impact colour, but the waxy texture acts as a repellent against water. Jacket, Superdry

Swimsuit, Tommy Hilfiger Make-up by Sonia Deveney at One Represents using Giorgio Armani Maestro Mediterranea Collection. Hair by Gow Tanaka using Kiehl’s. Model: Missy Rayder at Marilyn New York. Scuba equipment throughout, courtesy of Iru Fushi Dive Centre. Visit irufushi/dive-centre. The team shot and stayed at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives. Beach villas start at £218 per night, including breakfast. To book, visit Trans Maldivian Airways runs daily seaplane transfers to the island from £297 return. To book, visit


Waterproof blusher is a rarity, which is why we love Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush, £35. Its three shades can be used on eyes, cheeks and lips. Containing a special polymer that protects the pigment from moisture, it’s smudge-proof and sweat-proof. Our favourite shade, 300, is a vibrant coral-terracotta mix. It goes on quite opaque, though, so tap a small amount on with your fingers and go over it with a synthetic brush, such as Japonesque Mineral Blush Brush, £22. If it’s a bronzer you want, the cream formula of Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm, £23, gives even, flattering coverage. Q 206

Seven days , seven


If you thought L’Oréal Paris Elnett was a onetrick pony, think again. Here are seven ways the classic hairspray can keep you in style all week


Backcomb from roots to mid-length using Elnett Volume Excess hairspray as you go. Divide remaining hair into two sections. Take an outer strand from one, crossing it over to the opposite. Repeat on alternate sides to the ends and secure with a band.

Monday Wash and dry hair as normal, going over three-inch sections with straighteners. Spritz Elnett So Sleek hairspray directly on to your hairbrush for the ultimate polished look, then work through your hair to look uber-sleek.

Style out Wednesday with this quick, on-trend look. Curl hair in large sections, using Elnett Normal Classic hairspray to set each one. Clip out of the way while you have breakfast, undo, run your fingers through and you’re ready.




Pin hair back into a free-form ponytail. Spritz a little Elnett So Sleek hairspray on to your fingertips, then gently rub the ends of the hair to give a cool, sleek, textured finish.



Add serious volume for a big night out. Section and wave your hair as normal with a large barrel tong, then tip your head upside down, spritzing locks with Elnett Normal Classic hairspray. Shake and go.


LAID-BACK BUN Time to relax. Pull your partied-out tresses into a top ponytail, add a little Elnett Volume Excess hairspray, backcomb from top to bottom, then twist and clip into a bun. You’re catwalk ready in just five minutes flat.

Friday Drop a can of Elnett Lumiere hairspray into your handbag for the perfect post-work do. This bouffant is simple to create: just backcomb then pin hair in place, using Elnett spray to keep things ultra-smooth.


L’Oréal Paris Elnett is ideal for everyday use, delivering an ultra-fine mist that disappears into the hair. It provides legendary hold without stiffness, and works to protect against the effects of humidity. Try out the looks for yourself at alwaysinstyle

EA Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne, £78 for 100ml

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, £22

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium 2, £27

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream, £62.50


Dr Hauschka Rejuvenating Mask, £38

Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence Deep Repairing Mask for Damaged Hair, £78


Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist, £21.50

Kate Upton

I have a problem: I pick my face! I can’t leave it alone and it gets to the point where I need a professional to take over. If I’m in New York I’ll see Christine Chin at her spa. I love her microdermabrasion treatment. At home, I use Dr Hauschka masks to keep my skin in check. I never go too funky on the red carpet. It will depend on the dress I’m wearing, but I like a classic look, which to me is a smoky eye or a red lip. Something with a little old-fashioned glamour, but always with a beautiful complexion. My skin suffers when I’m working. The most important thing I have learned is to apply moisturiser as often as possible. I like to use something really hydrating, such as Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream, which smells amazing, too. My hair was ruined on a shoot a few years ago. They completely overbleached it and for a few years afterwards I had so much trouble keeping it healthy. I started using Leonor Greyl products, and now I use the masks all the time, as regularly as a normal conditioner, in fact. I’ve tried a lot of professional treatments in the

From Sports Illustrated cover star to romcom’s latest darling, the Hollywood newbie shares her beauty secrets past, but nothing works as well for me. Even when I wear sun block, I still tan easily. I use bronzer to enhance my tan. My favourite has to be Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder. I apply it everywhere the sun would hit my skin naturally, but I would never use it to contour. I prefer my skin to look natural but with a little hint of colour. The fragrance I’m wearing today is Jo Malone London Orange Blossom. I’m easily distracted, so I’m always trying new scents, but I’m not very creative in the fragrance department and haven’t tried layering yet. I love lavender. I always have lavender candles and I take a lavender mist away with me when I travel – I spray it on my skin and it really relaxes me. I prefer to have my nails painted, so I’m less likely to bite them. If I’m travelling and my flight is delayed, I’ll make use of

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L’Occitane Lavender Relaxing Candle, £28

the time by having a manicure at the airport. I usually opt for a pinky nude shade. I spend a lot of time on planes, so I have a few essentials with me at all times, including Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara and a concealer. Together, they fix me when I’m feeling and looking tired from too much travelling. I love going to the gym – I try to go three times a week. I live a very stressful lifestyle, so it’s good for me to work all that stress out. I never do anything dramatic in preparation for a shoot, but my trainer David (Kirsch) definitely bumps up the intensity of my routine, taking me through full-body workouts. Kale, cucumber, ginger, apple and celery is my favourite juice. I’m lucky because I genuinely prefer healthy treats like shakes, smoothies and juices. I feel better when I’m drinking them; my body feels better and I’m more awake. I try to live healthily all the time, but I do need to have a couple of splurges here and there. Like if I’m out at a restaurant I might have a dessert. But if I have a shoot coming up, I’ll cut all this out.



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he woman lying back with cucumber slices on her eyes has to be the most iconic beauty picture there is. But if, like me, you have a full-on job and a hectic social life, you’ve never done it in your life. Skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the rest of your face, making it the epicentre of ageing, which is why I’d like something a bit more hi-tech than items from the fruit and veg counter. Enter the under-eye masks, infused with potent actives that go way past cooling and, instead, target fine lines and signs of fatigue. Be they silicone, gauze or cloth, these patches contain the exact concentrated dose of actives needed, and their shape marks the correct area for it to be delivered to. Some stimulate circulation to work away dark circles, some increase collagen production for sunken sockets, while others even claim to interfere with muscle stimulation mechanisms to prevent lines and wrinkles. You can even use them on laughter lines around your mouth and frown lines across your forehead, so you can leave your salad items for lunch.



Sci-fi silicones that will revolutionise the appearance of tired peepers? We’ve come a long way from the humble cucumber, says Jess Lacey 3






1 Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, £25 for 8 pairs Rebalances stressed-out skin, so I loved using these after a day staring at a computer.

4 Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks, £45 for 8 pairs Arnica extract eliminates blood pigments around the eye to reduce puffiness and inflammation – inspired!

2 Carita Supreme Wrinkle Solution Eye Patch, £49 for 5 pairs Plumping hyaluronic acid fills crow’s feet for an overall smoother surface and a great base for eye make-up.

5 Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch, £19 for 1 pair Contain niacinamide (vitamin B3) to put paid to dark circles. The morning after a very late night, my usual shadows were noticeably absent.

3 Elemis Pro-Collagen HydraGel Eye Masks, £46 for 6 pairs Plankton extract tightens and lifts the eye area, while marine algae hydrates – heart these.

6 Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, £59 for 6 pairs Pricey, and temporary, but my wrinkles looked much better.



Gold rush


Already known for sultry, sexy fashion and super-luxe make-up, Dolce & Gabbana is now adding a premium skincare range with a golden theme to its resumé. Top marks, we say

1 Essential UV Cream, £52. 2 Aurealux Eye Gel, £44. 3 Aurealux Serum, £84. 4 Essential Cleansing Gel, £32. 5 Essential Cleansing Oil, £32. 6 Aurealux Cream, £84

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eautiful skin is the external projection of a life well lived,’ say designers Dolce & Gabbana. It is with this in mind that they have launched the latest in the label’s luxe portfolio, skincare ranges Aurealux and Essential. The brand message is a product that gives an aura of health and happiness; the collections contain gold silk sericin, a unique complex of amino acids and polypeptides, Italian olive oil to strengthen the skin’s top layers, and vitamin B3 for barrier repair. These ingredients combine to produce the unique gold flavo-silk tricomplex, which increases moisture levels and plumps and evens skin tone to make it appear truly radiant. So there you have it. Dolce & Gabbana Skincare launches on 7 July in Harrods, and is also available at






Shu Uemura Art of Hair Instant Replenisher Full Revitalizing Serum, £32 L’Occitane Revitalizing Fresh Detangling Spray, £18 Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, £19


While elsewhere stylists sent huge waves or knotted updos down the catwalk, at Chloé, James Pecis — armed with a flat iron and TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray, £13.95 — quietly announced the return of straight hair, with a look that was mirror-like and uber-groomed. Sign us up.

HAIR f lash

We’re calling time on unruly hair. Introducing the tamers and treatments to get your mane under control…


Pureology ambassador George Northwood, whose first salon is now open, shares his favourite looks.

Celeb hair crush ‘Rosie always keeps it contemporary and can work her fashion around her hair.’


Hair icon ‘Jane Birkin. Her timeless look still works today.’

SS14 catwalk favourite ‘The “undone” hair at Alexander Wang can work for different lengths and textures.’

A new ‘Move Hair’ camera – which takes high-speed shots of moving hair – has given Kérastase a fresh insight into frizz. The result is the hair-strengthening morpho-keratin complex, found in the new Discipline in-salon treatment, from £40. It’s in the at-home products, too. Our favourite? Fluidissime heat-protection blowdry spray, £19.50.


Slept through your alarm? Make up some time with Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner, £18.50. It does the job of both shampoo and conditioner, with marula oil, which has antioxidants and essential minerals in abundance, and coconut-oil cream to dial up the shine. You’ll never miss the train again.





Our mothers always have our best interests at heart. We talk to two mums and their daughters about a skincare range created especially to suit both generations

LYDIA, 22, SAYS: ‘I grew up in

a very girly household, with two sisters, and Mum is an inspiration to us all. My sisters and I loved raiding her make-up bag when we lived at home, and she taught us to follow a simple routine of moisturising daily. The Garnier Moisture Match range is something else we have in common. Shine Be Gone is perfect for my complexion, which is prone to oiliness around the T-zone. It absorbs really well and my skin feels wonderfully smooth after using it.’

ESTELLE, 47, SAYS: ‘I’ve always

believed that, if you feel good, you’ll look good. Make-up helps, but I tend to think less is more and the key is good skin. I like all of the Garnier Moisture Match moisturisers, but my absolute favourite is Protect & Glow. Not only does it contain SPF20, but it has a lovely fresh feel, absorbs very quickly and leaves my skin looking really smooth and bright.’


Lydia Shelton works in publishing in London and her mum, Estelle, is a law firm receptionist in Yorkshire

PROMOTION Katie Sadler is a fashion manager living in Essex; her mother, Dee, is a property sales negotiator from Cambridge

DEE, 62, SAYS: ‘I’ve always advised Katie

to look after herself, from keeping fit to removing her make-up at night. We’re always keen to try new beauty products, but I will only trust a brand I know well. As I’ve got older, I’ve found that my skin needs more hydration. Moisture Match Goodbye Dry... is my go-to moisturiser every morning. It feels really rich and ultra-hydrating but, unlike many similar moisturisers, it absorbs really quickly and feels great on my skin.’


The Garnier Moisture Match range is made up of five specialised textures, with carefully selected ingredients, designed to work with your skin’s needs so it looks and feels its best every day. RRP £5.99 each for 50ml. Visit to find out more.


KATIE, 31, SAYS: ‘My mum is a brilliant role

model. When I was growing up, she’d share her make-up and perfume with me. Her beauty mantra is “Invest in your skincare”. A good brand doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Discovering the Garnier Moisture Match range together has been great and my favourite is Protect & Glow. In fact, it’s my complexion saviour. I love the light texture, the way it absorbs quickly and the fact that it has SPF20 protection. But, best of all, it really gives my skin a fresh, healthy glow.’


Bound to

work Can a new taping treatment really remodel your body? Quick-fix sceptic Jess Lacey braves the binding to find out I’M GETTING A BIT FED UP WITH slimming treatments. Whether it be laser zapping, ultrasound, infrared or cryogenic freezing, it seems there really are a million ways to blast a fat cell into oblivion. Thing is, after thorough research and first-hand guinea-pigging of all the above, I still haven’t seen significant results or anything that lasts more than a week. Moreover, I’m yet to find a single independent medical professional who can confirm that any of these approaches really work, even theoretically. After a few months of earnest dieting and regular running, I’ve improved my figure more than with any of these ‘quick fixes’, so I think, for the time being at least, I shall leave well alone. It’s just as I’ve settled into my new life of hard physical graft and willpower that I get the call about the Natura Bissé Maxi-Firm Body Citric, a new treatment designed to sync and sculpt the body into a sleeker silhouette. I say I’m not interested, that I’ve sworn off all slimming treatments that are so hi-tech I’m baffled by the science.

‘I guarantee this will not help you lose any weight at all!’ the PR at the other end of the phone shrieks in a last-ditch attempt at persuasion. And that’s exactly what convinced me to try it. I arrive at the beauty emporium that is Grace Belgravia and am whisked through an endless warren of airy relaxation spaces and into the treatment room where my therapist, Michelle, requests I get into a paper thong and lie flat on the bed. My entire body is cleansed and rubbed down with a gritty orange scrub until I am thoroughly prepped and entirely pink. Then she unseals an ampoule of

potent C+C ascorbic acid and works it into every inch of my body, even the awkward parts. This strictly-professionaluse firming concentrate, made up almost entirely of vitamin C, has the ability to increase and improve the body’s collagen, meaning better skin tone. It also increases levels of hyaluronic acid in the dermis for plumped-out cells. The only issue is that vitamin C disperses within seconds of coming into contact with the air (hence the airtight vial and the speed at which Michelle is applying it to my body). Mariah Carey levels of high maintenance, indeed. Patricia Fisas, head of product


Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin, Ascorbic Acid Body Lift and the magic tape


ripping it off to realign when it’s not quite to her standard. ‘So, if the tape’s not to hold me in, what’s it for?’ I ask. Well, it turns out that NeuroMuscular Taping has been used for years in the medical fields to facilitate the muscle-healing process, a technique often used in physiotherapy and sports medicine.

‘My husband tells me the strips make my derrière look lıke a Mexican wrestling mask’ The tape itself is very particular. Similar to skin in weight and elasticity, it has a specific design that increases subcutaneous space in order to stimulate better microcirculation and improve muscle function without limiting movement. I ask Fisas why the application is so meticulous and whether it really matters. ‘The tape will perform its action over the area where it is placed, even down to the direction it’s in,’ she explains. ‘This is why it’s so important because, depending on the direction, the tape can have muscletoning or muscle-relaxing effects.’ An hour later, I leave with four strips down my stomach, one on the inside of each thigh, another down the back of each thigh and four strips encircling my bum cheeks (which, later, my husband tells me makes my derrière look like a Mexican wrestling mask). I walk down Sloane Street with the gait of Dorothy’s Tin Man but, by the time I reach my front door, I can barely feel anything on my skin. Did I mention that I have five days of this? I’ve been instructed to sleep and shower with the strips of tape on, and

wear them all day long underneath my clothes. Then, when the five days are up, I am to start slathering myself in the athome follow-up product, the Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Body Lift [£75], to give the results a final boost and further prevent stretch marks. To achieve the sculpting at its best, it’s advised that you repeat the treatment three times. So if there’s a particular event you’re working towards, you start at least a month beforehand. I have no such time, though. I’m a bridesmaid the following weekend and haven’t tried my dress on in three months, so this has got to work. The next five days pass without too much discomfort. Showering in the tape doesn’t feel entirely hygienic, and having damp strips drying on your skin is pretty grim, but at least they don’t show under my clothes. The main thing is how ridiculous I look naked, so I avoid the bathroom mirror at all costs. I kept exercising and eating healthily as advised (after all, this is sculpting, not slimming, and the tape wasn’t going to magic away the pounds), right up to my fifth day. Then it’s time for the great removal – which I’m to do myself. Yeah, no one mentioned the part where you have to tear metre-long strips of highly adhesive tape off your body – it’s like extreme waxing. Michelle had advised me to soak them in the bath for a while first but, of course, I ignore that information and instead choose to rip them all off in a series of swift and shocking motions, squealing with the removal of each one. Finally, I stand naked in front of the mirror and am genuinely impressed with what I see. My stomach is pleasingly flatter, my thighs have that curvature of the suggestion of muscles and, yes, my bottom is still all there, but maybe just a little higher than before? Overall, my physique is smoother and more sculpted – to put it delicately, less lumpy. The next day is the wedding – a beautifully hot day, and the kind that makes wriggling into a pair of Spanx a total nightmare. So I don’t. Maybe it’s the memory of what I’d seen in the mirror the day before, but I just think I don’t really need the help. Or maybe this is what body confidence finally feels like? Q The Natura Bissé Maxi-Firm Body Citric costs £180 per session and is available at Grace Belgravia, or contact for more information


development at Natura Bissé, explains the science: ‘What we have managed to develop is a progressive formulation with the ability to reinforce the dermal network, trigger a draining action of excess fluid retention, and improve micro-circulation. In addition, it also has an anti-glycation effect that inhibits the mechanisms that destroy skin fibres, preserving their structure, so reducing stretch marks and boosting the synthesis of collagen and elastin.’ She adds that they also blended Kigelia africana fruit extract into the ampoule, because of its high flavonoid and hormone-like molecule content, which boosts skin elasticity, as well as ginger extract to protect and reinforce the skin’s structural network. A fair bit more than your usual body lotion, then. Slathered in the stuff, it’s now time for the main event – the taping. I’d been looking forward to this, half expecting to be wrapped from chest to knee like a mummy or a Hervé Léger bandage dress. But this is an entirely different approach, involving strips of tape placed with exact precision in alignment with my muscles. The tape is heavy-duty and dayglo orange – kind of sexy gaffer tape. Michelle starts off with some strips on my bottom, taping exactly over my glutes, then rolls me over for my thighs and stomach. It’s not exactly a dignified process; she gets me to bend and stretch my legs so she can gauge the exact placement of my thigh muscles, cutting the tape to the correct length and then placing it along my inner thighs from bikini line to knee, occasionally


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Voted for by Marie Claire’s international beauty teams, the winners of our coveted Fragrance Awards have just been announced… BEST WOMEN’S FRAGRANCE Hermès Jour d’Hermès, 50ml EDP, £70

What it is: A mostly floral fragrance that opens with bright, fruity notes, including sweet mandarin and juicy rhubarb. But the real stars of the show are the flowers at its heart: there’s gardenia, sweet pea and a bevy of other white blooms. Why we love it: Here’s a scent that’s happily customised. Worn alone, Jour d’Hermès is light, unimposing and just the right side of alluring; the ideal ‘day’ scent. In the evening, we like to layer it over something headier, with woods and amber – the flowers are still detectable but with a rougher edge. There’s a little secrecy surrounding it – Hermès won’t reveal the exact notes – and we love a mystery. The finalists: Marni, 65ml EDP, £68; Chanel Les Exclusifs 1932, 75ml EDP, £115; Giorgio Armani Sì, 50ml EDP, £63; Repetto The Perfume, 50ml EDT, £45; Marc Jacobs Honey 50ml EDP, £50; Lolita Lempicka L L’Aime, 40ml EDT, £39; Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, 100ml, £78; Acqua di Parma Acqua Nobile Iris, 75ml EDT, £66; Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau, 50ml EDT, £64. THE FINALISTS


BEST INNOVATION & CREATIVITY Giorgio Armani Sì, 50ml EDP, £63

What it is: Upon first sniff, you’re met with fruity blackcurrant in the form of cassis over a shot of dry patchouli. As it develops, freesia comes through, followed by notes of amber wood. Why we love it: It’s not overly feminine, nor floral, yet to our mind it perfectly defines what women want in a perfume. Once on the skin it lasts for hours and hours, too – in fact, we find that we don’t need to top it up at all during the day. You’re left wanting more, and that’s exactly what a great fragrance should do. The Finalists: Lancôme La Vie est Belle, 50ml EDP, £59; Hermès Jour d’Hermès, 85ml EDP, £96; Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, 100ml, £78; Issey Miyake Pleats Please, 50ml EDT, £46; Marc Jacobs Honey, 50ml EDP, £50; Marni, 65ml EDP, £68; Balmain Eau d’Ivoire, 50ml EDT, £46; Dolce & Gabbana The One Desire, 50ml EDP, £64; Repetto The Perfume, 50ml EDT, £45.



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BEST WOMEN’S FRAGRANCE BOTTLE Marc Jacobs Honey, 50ml EDP, £50

What it is: The bold design gives a few clues as to what’s inside – fruity top notes followed by orange blossom, and honeysuckle over a smooth and sweet base of golden vanilla and woods. Why we love it: It’s playful in both scent and appearance, and sometimes that’s just exactly what you need. The scent, far from being overly ‘honeyed’, is uplifting and wearable, and appropriate for any occasion. The Finalists: Issey Miyake Pleats Please, 50ml EDT, £46; Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, 50ml EDP, £60; Marni, 65ml EDP, £68; Lolita Lempicka L L’Aime, 40ml EDT, £39; Hermès Jour d’Hermès, 85ml EDP, £96; Jimmy Choo Flash, 60ml EDP, £46; Lancôme La Vie est Belle, 50ml EDP, £59; Giorgio Armani Sì, 50ml EDP, £63; Kenzo Flower in the Air, 50ml EDP, £59. THE FINALISTS

What it is: Jasmine accord – composed of jasmine sambac, mandarin, honeysuckle nectar, tuberose and lily – over amber wood and Madagascar vanilla. Why we love it: The British judges adored this one: it’s heavenly straight from the bottle, but once it’s on the skin, something magical happens as the body’s warmth makes the more intense notes of musk, woods and vanilla really come into their own. Q



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here are certain products you can’t contemplate summer without - ones that are vital to enjoying the season, whether you’re at home or on holiday. From handbag essentials, such as a multi-purpose beauty balm, to innovative moisturisers with SPF that help you slip effortlessly into the warmer months, your first stop is Superdrug. Already well known for being high-street heaven for beauty lovers, now a panel of experts, including dermatologists and beauty bloggers, have got together to give you their choice of the very best of Superdrug’s own-brand products. Just turn the page to discover their picks for this month...


Meet the industry experts who are on hand to choose the crème de la crème of Superdrug’s ownbrand product range AMANDA HAMILTON TV health expert, nutritionist and a mother of four ANITA STURNHAM GP and media doctor who combines NHS, private and TV work EMMA WEDGEWORTH Consultant dermatologist working in the NHS and also privately EMMA WHITE TURLE Celebrity make-up artist and beauty editor who creates red-carpet chic

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Get ready to enjoy the summer sun with the very best of Superdrug products. Here’s a selection of top summer picks chosen by a panel of health and beauty experts

‘It’s perfect for sensitive skin as unlike others it’s not laden with fragrance’

‘A true multipurpose hero buy, a balm that’s great for when you’re on the go’

‘This absorbed nicely and left my skin feeling pleasantly matt. Finding good sun protection for sensitive skin can be tricky, as sun creams tend to be laden with fragrances, but this has been stripped back. You always need more sun protection than you think – UVA rays can even affect us even through windows. So, with double UVA/UVB protection, I’ll be using this all summer. It’s an everyday essential and a suitcase staple.’

‘This little wonder in a tin is the ideal balm for girls on the go. It’s perfect for taking care of cracked lips, dry skin and even dotting on the eyelids for an on-trend glossy eye. And if skin looks a little drab, this peps it up in seconds: glide it down your nose, along your cheekbones and dot the tiniest bit on your Cupid’s bow for a healthy sheen. My favourite tip is to work it into your ankles and heels before a night out to accentuate the shoes you’re rocking! The pretty pot makes it a handbag must-have.’

Dr Emma Wedgeworth chooses the best sun cream: Solait Sensitive Moisturising Sun Spray SPF50, £9.99

MORE TOP BUYS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2014 PRO BODY WAX STRIPS, £4.99 A great-value buy to prep for the beach. MY LITTLE STAR BABY LIGHT OIL SPRAY, £1.99 Made for newborns, but perfect for sensitive skins and those suffering from post-sun dryness. INTENSIVE FOOT CREAM, £3.49 With aloe vera to soothe and soften feet before their sandal debut.

Jess Lacey chooses the ultimate multitasker: The Little Pink Tin, £1.39


‘With vitamins A and E, plus SPF30, it’s an absolute must for summer’

Emma White Turle chooses the skin-perfecting cover-up: Superdrug Anti-Ageing BB cream, £6.99

‘This melts into the complexion, leaving a fine veil of pigment for a lovely glow. My skin tends to be dry, with oily patches, but this balances my moisture levels and evens out my skin tone. I often use BB cream on the men I work with, too – actors and celebrities who don’t want to look made up, but do want perfect-looking skin. As well as giving really light coverage, it also makes a great primer. I like the fact this cream has vitamins A and E, as both have long-term benefits for skin and, of course, the SPF30 is an absolute must for summertime (it really does make a difference to the way skin ages). Plus, it’s such a great price.’


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Is your contraception workıng for you? With 15 methods of birth control now on the market, there’s never been a better time to take control of your sex life

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU changed your method of contraception? Or just thought about whether it suited your lifestyle? While 75 per cent of the female population between the ages of 16 and 49 use contraception, a third of us spends on average just five minutes deciding which kind is best for us. And we can go for years before assessing whether we need to change it, despite constant contraceptive innovation and more options than ever. Our twenties and thirties are the most rapidly changing periods of our lives, as we move between partners, start careers and plan families. According to Dr Kate Guthrie from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, making sure our birth control choices keep pace is key. ‘When your priorities change, such as settling into a long-term relationship, or after you’ve had a child, you should also cast an eye over your contraceptive choice and make sure it still fits,’ she says. ‘Your health can change, too; for example, if your BMI rises, you develop high blood pressure, or you smoke, certain types of contraception are no longer suitable.’ Then there are the new medical discoveries. The European Medicines Agency is currently considering whether emergency contraceptives are as effective in women who weigh more than 70kg, while ‘third-generation’ contraceptive pills (which

have lower doses of active ingredients than their predecessors) are being reassessed for safety in France, due to an increased risk of blood clots. Elsewhere, research has found that the combined contraceptive pill may lead to breakthrough bleeding in vegetarians, as the diet alters gut flora in ways that makes you recycle the oestrogen less effectively. The University of Stirling has even discovered that starting or stopping taking hormonal contraception while in a steady relationship could make you less sexually satisfied with your partner, as the pill subtly alters our criteria for attraction. So could it be time to reassess your options? Here’s our guide to contraception in 2014.


What’s new? The only contraceptive that protects against STIs, the newest innovation on the market is Durex RealFeel, which uses a non-latex material called polyisoprene

(also used by the brand Skyn) that feels more natural and is suitable for those with latex allergies. For men who struggle to find a condom to fit, offers 95 custom-fit sizes for any length and width. Good for you if: you’re not in an STItested, monogamous relationship, or if you’re unlikely to remember to take a pill at the same time every day.

The combined pill

What’s new? This uses both oestrogen and progesterone to stop you ovulating. Newer pills, such as Yasmin, Zoely or Qlaira, use different forms of hormones that may reduce the risk of side effects such as headaches, breast tenderness or skin problems, or offer shorter pill-free breaks. The combined pill can also be used for tri-cycling – taking the pill without a break for three months. But it’s important to take it at the same time every day for it to be at its most effective.


The progesterone only pill (POP)

What’s new? A pill without oestrogen, this works by thickening cervical mucus to stop sperm getting through and altering the womb lining so any egg they might reach can’t implant. Cerazette gives you a 12-hour window to take it – most other POPs allow only three hours. Trials in Stuttgart also found that 90 per cent of women suffering side effects associated with the combined pill (such as breast tenderness and fluid retention) said they disappeared within three months of taking Cerazette. Good for you if: you smoke or suffer from migraines with aura (which means you can’t take the combined pill).

The implant

What’s new? This matchstick-sized rod delivers progesterone into your system and offers protection against pregnancy for three years. A newer model called Nexplanon has recently come on to the market, which is easier to implant in the right place in the arm. The biggest side effect can be erratic periods – but things normally settle back into a regular pattern in six months to a year. Good for you if: you have IBS. ‘Many IBS sufferers find problems get worse cyclically,’ explains Dr Guthrie. ‘Because the implant stops your periods, this doesn’t happen.’


What’s new? Intrauterine contraception is the new catch-all name for devices that are fitted into the womb. As well as copper coils (IUD or intrauterine device), there are now also two hormonal coils, made from soft, flexible plastic (called IUS, or intrauterine system). Mirena has been around for 20 years (and, once inserted, offers protection for five years), but it’s just been joined by Jaydess, which is the smallest on the market. This lasts three years. Both add to their pregnancy protection by delivering low doses of progesterone, which thins the womb lining. This means periods get lighter and may, particularly with Mirena, disappear completely. The insertion process can be uncomfortable, and there can be side effects such as pelvic or abdominal pain. ‘Take 200-400mg of ibuprofen one hour before the procedure,’ advises consultant gynaecologist Dr Ewa Hellberg from the


London Medical private clinic. ‘Not only is it a painkiller, it also smoothes out the cervical canal, which can make insertion easier.’ Good for you if: you want to stop heavy periods or you suffer from PMS. ‘We don’t know exactly why PMS occurs,’ says Dr Guthrie, ‘but many women using Mirena say they no longer suffer from it.’

The diaphragm

What’s new? Caya is the first new diaphragm to be launched in more than ten years and, while it works in the same way – by physically blocking sperm’s access to the cervix – its new oval shape moulds to anyone, meaning it doesn’t have to be fitted by a doctor. It’s also lighter and easier to insert. You have to use it with spermicide – preferably one based on the effective nonoxynol-9 – and leave it in six hours after sex, before washing for reuse. However, while Caya’s phase III trials were shown to be as effective as the traditional diaphragm,

The future of contraception The sculpting condom A project that has been funded by Bill Gates, this sculpts to the penis via body heat, creating maximum sensitivity. The one-year ring This vaginal ring has just finished its last stage of trials. It uses a synthetic progesterone and lasts one year — although you still remove it every 21 days for a period. The HIV-fighting ring Currently being researched at the US’s Northwestern University, as well as delivering progesterone to protect against pregnancy, this also releases tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug that protects against HIV (and herpes) infection in women. The ‘dry-orgasm’ pill This pill, currently being developed by Professor John Guillebaud, stops men producing semen (and therefore sperm) during orgasm. It works by paralysing certain muscles in the penis but doesn’t affect those that give sensation.

at the time of writing it hasn’t been independently evaluated by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. While it’s not currently available from your GP, some Family Planning Clinics provide them and you can buy it privately online for around £30 (including from Good for you if: you know when you are likely to have sex, as it must be inserted prior to penetration.

The injection

What’s new? Offering protection for eight to 13 weeks at a time (depending on type), the most common injection used in the UK is Depo-Provera. That’s been joined recently by Sayana Press, which is injected into the thigh or stomach. One benefit is that it slightly decreased the typical 2-3kg weight gain from other injections (possibly because it contains slightly less progesterone), and it’s also possible to administer it yourself. Good for you if: you’re not planning to have a baby in the next year. ‘While most contraceptives reverse quickly when you stop taking them, the Depo-Provera injection can mean it takes a year for ovulation to return to normal,’ says Dr Hellberg. ‘Even after just one injection.’

The patch

What’s new? This sticky patch attaches to your upper arm and delivers oestrogen and progesterone through the skin – each lasts for a week and can be worn in the shower. Then you replace it with a new one. After you’ve used three, you have a seven-day break, during which you have a period – although it’s OK to use up to six patches in succession if you want to delay your period. Good for you if: you’re not overweight. Of the six pregnancies that occurred during trials of the patch, four were in women weighing over 90kg (14 stone). It is also known for increasing bust size.

The NuvaRing

What’s new? Worn in the vagina (and inserted by you), it delivers both oestrogen and progesterone. Wear it for three weeks, then replace with a new one. Keep this up until a period – not just spotting – naturally occurs, then take it out for four days before repeating this cycle. Good for you if: you get breakthrough bleeding on the pill; risks of this are lessened on this device. Q Visit for its My Contraception tool, a simple questionnaire to suggest methods to suit you and your lifestyle


Good for you if: you have acne. Zoely and Yasmin both have good reputations for improving skin conditions.


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Looking after your teeth has a real impact on the overall health of your body. Here’s what you need to know


Effective, daily oral hygiene is the best e may think of our mouth way to prevent oral-health problems. The and body health as separate, first sign of inflammation of the gums is but the reality is that they gingivitis, or bleeding when flossing or are, in fact, connected. brushing teeth. ‘When people see this, And recent research has they think they have damaged their gums shown that, for example, and often scale back their daily routine,’ not looking after your says Dr Alavi. ‘But in fact it’s a sign you mouth properly can impact on the rest need to be even more of your body. Studies scrupulous.’ So, if have linked gum you see any blood disease with increased when you brush, risk of health issues You can get gum disease by kissing. immediately start such as heart disease FIB: ‘Gum disease doesn’t spread cleaning teeth twice and diabetes. between people,’ says Dr Alavi. a day, one being last Exactly how oral ‘In fact, one reason why you can thing at night, using health and all-round have gum disease around one tooth a toothpaste with health are linked and not in the rest of the mouth is proven antibacterial hasn’t yet been that they are so site-specific and protection, and completely don’t move around the mouth.’ This flossing regularly. determined, but doesn’t mean sharing a toothbrush If things don’t according to Dr is advisable though- other bacteria improve, see your Anousheh Alavi, can be spread via the bristles. dentist, who can scientific affairs advise you. Don’t ignore it, though – manager for Colgate, the body’s as well as all the health problems already immune system has to generally work mentioned, advanced gum disease is the very hard to protect it from harmful most common cause of tooth loss in bacteria, including those around the adulthood. Remember, gum disease is mouth. ‘If gum disease is present, our largely preventable, and can be treated body defences are working even harder, if diagnosed early enough. which may make us less able to protect other parts of our body,’ she says. It’s also possible that the inflammation that bacteria cause in the gums triggers the release of inflammatory signals in the body, affecting other parts beyond the mouth. The good news is as gum disease clears, risk lowers.

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See your dentist regularly. Not everyone needs to visit the dentist every six months, but if you suffer from gum problems, your dentist will let you know how often you need to be seen. Make sure you see your dentist if you’re pregnant. During this time, gums are more prone to becoming inflamed and gum disease is more likely to occur, so think of visiting the dentist being as important as attending antenatal classes. Dental treatment is free during pregnancy. Don’t smoke. You don’t need another reason to stop, but smokers have a higher risk of gum problems than non-smokers – and if they do get gum disease it’s likely to become serious more quickly. Gums of smokers don’t respond as well to treatment, too, so giving up really does make a difference to your gums.

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The wıde-awake club Writer Jane Fallon has struggled with insomnia since she was a child. Will the latest expert sleep clinic finally help her to drop off? IT’S A BRAVE MOVE TO ASK A ROOM OF INSOMNIACS to do visualisation exercises with their eyes closed. As a youthful and energetic Dr Guy Meadows tells us to open our eyes gently, I scan the room to see if anyone has dozed off. It’s a possibility, considering most of us here at the seminar haven’t slept the night before. This is The Sleep School. It’s a Saturday morning and I’m surrounded by 23 other hardened insomniacs in a warm room in London’s Bloomsbury. Out of the 24 of us, just six are men, a fact that only serves to underline the statistic that women are twice as likely to both suffer from and seek help for the condition. Increased workloads and round-the-clock web-surfing mean we now live in a world that is never fully asleep. It’s no surprise that a third of us suffer regularly from insomnia. Research by University College London Medical School shows people who are sleep deprived (which means getting fewer than six hours a night) score significantly lower on tests of logic and vocabulary. They also have slower reaction times and experience blackouts, or ‘micro sleeps’ (not good if you’re behind the wheel of a car or in a job where people’s lives depend on you being alert). Chronic sleep deficits are also implicated in many diseases, including depression, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, chronic pain, diabetes and cancer. No wonder clued-up insomniacs are so keen to kick the habit.

For me, it’s been a lifetime problem. As a child as young as six, my fear of the dark was so acute I regularly stayed awake all night. My fear would overwhelm me and I would drag my poor, shattered mother out of her own bed and into mine for protection. Or I’d climb in with my eldest sister, the only one who would really tolerate my nocturnal ramblings. At this stage, my inability to sleep seemed to be based almost entirely on being scared of darkness. I would fill my bed with every toy I owned and climb into the middle of them, hoping that whatever came to get me wouldn’t be able to distinguish between them and me. The next day, I would yawn my way through classes while the teachers rolled their eyes at me as if I had been out partying till dawn at some kind of infant disco. Aged seven – yes, seven – I was prescribed pills to help me sleep (this was the 60s after all). I still have no idea what they were, but I know they made no difference. I continued to roam about for hours at night searching for someone to keep me company. Occasionally, I’d sleep for four hours, maybe five, but it was always broken. Despite having little trouble going off to sleep in the evening, I always awoke in the early morning and spent hours awake before maybe grabbing another hour or two of sleep if I was lucky. Today, it’s not so different: I go to bed at 11.30pm, fall asleep immediately because I’m so shattered, wake up exactly an hour and a half later at 1am, then lie awake till around 5am, when I’ll drift off again for a couple of hours. Here at The Sleep School everyone’s story is unique, but there are many common themes. Some are ‘lifers’, like me. We are, incidentally, the most cynical about a cure. Others are in the grip of their first bout and desperate for a fix. Common trigger points include stress, bereavement, menopause and motherhood. ‘I had bouts of sporadic insomnia in my twenties,’ Jacqui, a softly


spoken woman in her early thirties tells me as we drink our first cup At The Sleep School, constant lethargy is common among attendees. of coffee during the break (you need a large urn to keep a bunch of As Rachel, a 35-year-old business rates officer in local government, insomniacs awake). ‘But since I had small children, it’s not sporadic puts it when we queue for yet more coffee, ‘My mind is a fog most of any more.’ Her children are now nine and seven, but Jacqui’s problem the time. I don’t feel like I’m giving my life or my job 100 per cent.’ has become a habit. She looks exhausted – although, to be fair, we all do. Meadows teaches us mindfulness techniques to try to calm our We’re here for answers. We’ve tried the conventional methods: racing night-time brains. We are told not to indulge in any of the pills, hypnotherapy, hot baths, warm milky drinks, lavender sprays, thoughts that pop up, but not to attempt to suppress them either. listening to soft music, reading. Sometimes all in the same evening. ‘Acknowledge they’re there and then focus on something else: your Bedtime has become an epic production. And it’s here The Sleep breathing, your senses,’ he says. Hence the eyes-closed exercises. This School’s unique approach comes into play. Set up by Dr Meadows – a is where it gets tough. At the risk of generalising, I’d say most leading sleep physiologist with more than 12 years’ experience in the insomniacs are champion worriers. If you’ve never experienced the field – it takes the view that it is the sanctification of these props that sleepless brain at 4am, I don’t recommend it – it can be a scary place. prevents us from sleeping. In short, we need Ignoring all those competing thoughts feels to stop obsessing over the Holy Grail of like an impossibility. a good night’s sleep and just relax. For all of us in the group, the stakes feel With the aid of a tug-of-war rope and a so high, and, when we’re told our sleep willing victim, Dr Meadows illustrates his patterns will probably get worse before they theory that, while our natural instinct is to get better, a palpable shiver goes round the fight sleeplessness, that struggle is actually room. It’s easy to understand why. Lack of Research shows more than 30 per cent what leaves us exhausted. Trying to stop sleep is having a serious impact on these of us regularly suffer from insomnia. seeing insomnia as something you must people’s lives. Some are afraid they will lose Sleep expert Dr Meadows offers his tips conquer is his fundamental ethos. The key their jobs because they can’t stay mentally word is acceptance. It’s not about getting to focused. Others are concerned about the Avoid using any electrical device sleep, it’s about making sure your lack of stress on their relationships. 45 minutes before bedtime. Your brain sleep doesn’t ruin your life. ‘It changes my personality when I’m connects the light from the screen For me, though, the lack of sleep has so tired. I don’t have the energy to put on to that of the sun, and continues to certainly overshadowed my life. As a the nice face,’ says 36-year-old Belinda. release your waking hormones. sleepless teenager, it became obvious I Despite the lack of sleep, she looks ten Drop the rituals. Being reliant on wasn’t just an overgrown baby with a fear of years younger. She’s getting married in two unnatural night-time props (eg warm the dark. I had to admit I was an insomniac. weeks, and her fiancé bought her a day at baths, pills, alcohol) can fuel sleep But realising this did nothing to help, as the The Sleep School for her birthday. ‘He’s anxiety and further sleeplessness. only solution offered to me was more pills. worried about me,’ she says gravely. Go to bed at the same time every Thankfully, my mother declined, and as In some ways, it’s easier for those of us night and get up at the same time each soon as I was old enough to make my own who have lived with the problem our whole morning, so your ‘drive’ for sleep the decisions, I largely did, too. I gave in now and lives and have coping mechanisms in place. following night isn’t disrupted. again when I was desperate, but I didn’t like Let’s face it, our other halves knew what Cut out caffeine after lunchtime and the way the pills made me feel. What sleep they were getting into when they took us on. limit alcohol to one small glass of wine. they provided felt fake, and the next day I Mine certainly did. But I’ve always worked It takes an hour to metabolise one would be thick-headed, slow-witted and hard to minimise the impact on my own unit of alcohol, so your body won’t be more exhausted than ever. relationship. I’m practised in faking focusing on sending you to sleep. So I learned to live with it and alertness. Even after a run of bad nights, While seven to eight hours is the average surrounded myself with every nonI can usually contain my ever-shortening for most people, anything from four to ten chemical sleep aid imaginable. I’ve temper. And I’m an expert in lying still at is normal. Try to find your own average, developed my own routine that involves night even though I’m wide-awake. and don’t worry if it’s different to others. fixating on a time I need to be unconscious I’d much rather have the comforting if I am to have a hope in hell of achieving what I need to achieve the presence of my boyfriend next to me than have my restlessness force next day, and trying to mentally wind down as that time approaches, him to decamp to the spare room. aided by camomile tea and odd-smelling products. I dread the long The workshop has been enlightening, but, if I’m honest, for me it’s nights, but, over the years, I’ve trained myself to use them as a time to a last-chance saloon. I have long given up hope that anything will focus on ideas. As an author, whole plots of my novels have been make a lasting difference. And, knackered as I am, a part of me is worked through as I lie there staring at the ceiling while my partner afraid of losing those four or so hours of thinking time I have every sleeps happily beside me. night. What if I sleep like a baby but I never have another idea again? Very occasionally – seemingly randomly – sleep will overwhelm On balance, though, after the workshop, I decide it’s a risk worth me and I’ll stay under till the morning. The idea that other people taking. I want to implement the tools Dr Meadows has taught us and experience this kind of bliss every night of their lives is mindgive it my best shot. As we leave, he reminds us it’s going to be a slow blowing. I can only imagine how incredible they must feel, whereas process. ‘You’re not going to suddenly sleep tonight,’ he adds, I feel as though I have to run an uphill race every day – with one promising follow-up emails, podcasts and support. arm tied behind my back. And, although I do two personalHe’s right, I don’t. Nor the one after. But I’m working on it. Q training sessions with cardio and weights, a yoga class and at least one The Sleep Book: How To Sleep Well Every Night by Dr Guy run a week, exercise seems to make no difference. Meadows is out now (Orion, £9.99)



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Successful weight loss today It has been said that you can lose weight with Almased quickly and healthily. But how does that work without being hungry and in a bad mood? Scientific studies provide an answer.

By Rudolf Keil, pharmacy specialist in health and nutritional advice


atural ingredients: soya protein of a quality permitted in baby food, enzyme-rich honey, healthy yogurt – with the Almased diet it is easy to lose weight healthily. Instead of starving the body, it gives it what it needs, and stimulates fat burning by utilising your metabolism. The pounds drop off, yet we feel satisfied, balanced and full of energy. How is this so? Scientific studies provide the answer. Changing our diet to Almased is almost like flipping a switch in the hormonal control of our body. A flat blood sugar curve means a flat insulin curve

Above all, Almased ensures that insulin levels remain steady. For a long time now, many foodstuffs, not only sugar and white flour, but also sweeteners and baking agents, for example, have been attributed

Natural high-quality raw ingredients of Almased

to increased insulin levels. Insulin isn’t called the “fat hormone” for nothing: it promotes fat storage and curbs the breakdown of fat within hours. Furthermore, it brings on those ravenous hunger pangs once blood sugar levels have dropped. Following an Almased meal, blood sugar values only slightly increase and the body produces a correspondingly low amount of insulin to deliver the sugar from the blood to the cells. This breaks down fat quickly without the feeling of hunger. This is because the optimum nutrition in Almased also influences the production of two other hormones that control the body’s feeling of fullness: ghrelin and leptin. Almased blocks the hunger signal

A high ghrelin level tells the brain when the stomach is empty and it’s time to eat. The hormone leptin signals when fat storage needs to be topped up again. Too low or too high leptin levels also trigger hunger. Leptin is formed from fat cells. The special thing about a diet with Almased is that the ghrelin level falls significantly over several hours while the excessive leptin values of an overweight person are regulated. After consuming an Almased shake, you feel completely and pleasantly satisfied for four hours – ravenous hunger and binge eating are a thing of the past.

Lose weight with a smile on your face

And because no one has to starve on the Almased diet, the body doesn’t feel stressed – it discharges less of the stress hormone cortisol than normal. With traditional diets, however, the cortisol level increases significantly. Almased allows you to lose weight with a smile on your face. Your mood will improve further as the Almased diet also stimulates the production of HGH, which is to some extent the so-called “fountain of youth hormone” for your body. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, promotes muscle growth, breaks down fat, and firms the skin. Weight loss becomes almost incidental

There’s no doubt that the old adage is true: you are what you eat. The Almased diet optimises vital metabolic functions with many benefits to health, meaning that we lose weight almost completely incidentally.


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The “Bikini Emergency Plan” Less weight, more energy: Other diets starve the body, Almased turbo charges the metabolism instead.

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“When “W Wh I started to use Almased, I was was sceptical. sscc Oh well, I thought, the worst that can happen is that nothing changes. But when I noticed how I was losing the pounds, the motivation was there! And it wasn’t difficult to always drink my shake and tasty vegetable soup. I’ve quickly lost over 2 stones and feel amazing! I’ve maintained my weight for two years, all whilst eating normally and also snacking now and again! My life has completely changed. I am confident and even do some modelling!

Week 1: morning – midday - evening: In the first week, all three mealtimes are substituted, each with 5 heaped table spoons (50g) of Almased plus as much vegetable soup as you like. See Figure Plan below for vegetable soup recipe.





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From week 2: morning and evening: 5 heaped dessert spoonfuls (50g) of Almased in low-fat milk. Midday: vegetables and salad accompanied by lean meat or fish.


Lose weight the right way: What you need to know


Important: Don’t go without high-quality fat! Important for the body, we recommend 3-4 table spoons of rapeseed, soya or walnut oil per day, either in the Almased shake, in the vegetable soup, or with a mixed, unsalted vegetable juice.

Skip meals and eat lots of fruit? As if! Did you know … … that you should drink a lot, but not at meal times? For optimum results, drink around 2 litres of a low-calorie fluid evenly throughout the day (mineral water, fruit tea, coffee, tea). However, drinking at meal times increases blood sugar levels more quickly which in turn slows down fat burning. … that even when on the diet, it is best if you eat 3 times a day? Otherwise, your body switches to an energy-saving metabolism. However, don’t introduce snacks as that slows down the breakdown of fat. … that you shouldn’t eat too much fruit? Fructose curbs fat burning (even more than refined sugar) and promotes fat storage.

… that ready meals can make you fat? They usually contain a lot of sugar, white flour, and saturated fat. … that carbohydrates are not all the same? So-called “fast” carbohydrates (sugar – also in fizzy drinks, white bread, rolls, croissants, cornflakes, cakes, fruit; chips, instant rice, white rice, corn starch) quickly increase the blood sugar level and block the breakdown of fat. “Slow” carbohydrates (found in wholemeal bread, pasta, and rice, and even dark chocolate) do not have this effect and therefore stay on the meal plan during the Almased diet.

Free: The road map to success Less weight, more energy: If you want to know how it works, you can obtain the Figure Plan from your independent pharmacy for free. You can also download or order the brochure from www. The 14-day programme leads you step by step through the diet – with all the tasty recipes.





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‘Cockerel’ cushion, £125, Bonnie and Neil at Selfridges


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‘Chinese Rose’ dinner plate, about £10,

Strong, sizzling colours strut straight off the catwalk and into the garden ‘Ribbon Rose’ storage jar, about £24,

‘Ocean Dock’ lantern, £128, Nordichouse.


It’s all about packing as much colour in as possible this summer – zesty lemon and lime, bright orange and hot pink


Ceramic teapot, £35, The National Gallery

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Firing up the barbie? Had your fill of burgers in buns? This light summer dish is a total catch – and, even better, it’s a cinch to rustle up Serves 2 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp unsalted butter 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced 2 banana shallots, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, diced 2 whole sea bass, cleaned and gutted 2 tsp honey 2 tbsp white wine 1 lemon, sliced A small bunch flat-leaf parsley Sea salt and black pepper O Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas

mark 6, or light the barbecue. Cut two sheets of non-stick baking paper and two of kitchen foil large enough to cover the fish. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan until hot. Add the fennel and shallots and cook for a few minutes, until softened. When they begin to brown, add the garlic, stir quickly, then remove from the heat.

O Lay out the sheets of foil with the baking paper on top (this prevents the fish piercing the parcel). Divide the onion and fennel mixture between the two pieces of paper and place a sea bass on top of each. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the ends of each parcel on either side of the fish’s head and tail, and gradually begin to tightly twist it into a sealed package, leaving a 10cm hole open at the top. Distribute the honey, white wine, lemon slices and parsley equally between each parcel before sealing the tops. Fold the foil under the fish to make a tight and compact parcel. O Place the foil packages on a baking tray and bake for about 45 minutes, or grill on the barbecue, covered, for 30 minutes. The fish should be perfectly cooked and tender. Serve in the foil packages for guests to open at the table. Taken from Nina St Tropez by Nina Parker (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20);

The original My aunt Nadia started selling lollies in crazy flavours in New York, and the first one I made with her was mint. We cooked the leaves in milk and left the mixture overnight until it was pastel green. The cultural fix My grandmother was born in Egypt and she helped us develop the pistachio and rose flavour from an Egyptian dessert she makes called muhallabia. The bestseller The raspberry and lime is our most popular. We sell from a traditional steel hawker’s cart covered in pop art-style photos of the lollies. The cocktail on a stick The mojito is great in the evenings. Our alcoholic lollies are only about 5 per cent proof, but you might get a bit drunk if you eat a few. The special one It’s easy to be creative with lollies. Edible flowers and herbs look beautiful frozen inside lollies for a wedding. At parties, people can dip them into bowls of melted chocolate. The experiment The hibiscus and peach lolly looks great – it has slices of fruit frozen in it. But I almost blew my head off when I put a Scotch bonnet into a pineapple lolly. Ice Kitchen: 50 Lolly Recipes by Cesar and Nadia Roden (Quadrille, £12.99) is out now;


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The MTV presenter has a thing for retro snacks. ‘I bought these Fab lollies and party rings for a girls’ night in with friends.’


‘The fashion photographer Peter Pedonomou gave me this brunch recipe for wheat-free banana and blueberry pancakes.’

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‘My housemate Clare made me a great bacon sarnie with ketchup — totally essential — because I have to confess I had a bit of a hangover.’

Cocktail (power) hour Does cleaning up your act for summer mean giving cocktails the cold shoulder? Does it ’eck! Not when Angelica in Leeds is fuelling its Sunday Session rooftop parties with its Healthy Soul mocktails, and the indoor-garden Atrium bar at Soho’s Carom restaurant is serving up Carrot Margaritas. We’re also loving The Fable in London’s Holborn for its Californian vibe. After a few Skinny Hummingbird Cosmos, you’ll forget you’re eating that sesame-seed salad…


Just juice it When Juice Bars are rocking up everywhere from hip hotels (check out lush farm-tostreet kitchen Lovage at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel) to high-street stores (Canyon Juicery at Joseph, London’s Westbourne Grove, boasts up to 2kg of veg per drink), resistance is futile. And, believe us, with some of the less-than-savoury flavours, we’ve tried. But there’s something about the smoothie menu at Chelsea’s The Good Life Eatery that makes us come over all West Coast. We Suchef’s nutritious, delicious smoked salmon salad

‘I took my mum for lunch in Zizzi. I love colourful salads — this was butternut squash, goat’s cheese and chicken skewers. It felt really healthy and fresh.’

Smoothies at Chelsea’s The Good Life Eatery

can’t wait for the Soho launch of LA’s Press (SJP and Gwynnie are devotees), and we’re loving the ‘juice plan’ at Marylebone’s Roots & Bulbs. Well, the idea of it, anyway.

Super (cool) food Sussing out super-eateries does not mean being a broccoli bore. We’re drinking healthy tea at Manchester’s hip Tea 42 and booking in for the Vitamin D menu at London’s Aqua Kyoto. We’re also getting places like T.E.D. (Think. Eat. Drink – King’s Cross’s hottest and ‘environmentally conscious’ new addition) and Suchef (new sous-vide on-the-go concept soon to launch in London) on our radar. If those don’t pick you up, there’s the blood-sugar-balancing Sleep Menu at London’s Corinthia hotel – complete with milk and cookies (albeit pumpkin-seed ones) at bedtime.

‘A super-unhealthy breakfast from the MTV canteen. A can of Tango and packet of salt and vinegar crisps was the only thing available after my chart show.’ ‘Dinner at my school friend Flora’s house: duck salad with pomegranate and blue-cheese sauce. We always have mini dinner parties to catch up.’ ‘Macaroni cheese is one of my favourite things. This was lunch with my agent at Soho House. It’s so good I’ve been known to eat two in a row.’

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‘We both have similar attitudes to life’ HE SAYS:



Forget Tinder. We’re going back to basics – two total strangers, one classic blind date. This month: Jessica and Richard


Jessica Berrisford, 30, project manager The look I’m going for is my staple ‘Saturday night out’ dress – navy with little bows on it, with black patent heels and a gold clutch. On first glance: Richard was well groomed, clean shaven (most of the men I date have serious stubble), nice leather jacket and jeans. He’d definitely made an effort. The chat: It flowed. We covered everything from travelling (we’ve both quit jobs to go away) to fancy-dress parties (turns out we both love them). We also chatted about fitness, as I’m doing a triathlon and he works for a health club. I totally checked out his bod. He clearly works out, a lot. Any awkwardness? I was a bit nervous at first – I’ve never gone on a 100 per cent total blind date before – but, ultimately, it was a fun thing, and I think he agreed. Despite there being a third person with us (the barman, who was giving us a cocktail tasting), it felt really natural.


Any flirting? We were tactile. It was raining when we left the bar, so I put my arm in his to share my umbrella, but nothing too outrageous. In three words: Hard-working, charming, decent. Do you think there was a spark? Not really – we both felt really relaxed and comfortable in each other’s company, but I think that’s as far as it went, on both sides. How did you leave it? We live near each other, and my gym’s across the road from his, so we agreed to try and meet up if we find ourselves in the local pub.

The extras Where: Reverend JW Simpson, 32 Goodge Street, London W1; revjw The vibe: Intimate, Prohibitionstyle cocktail lounge To drink: A variety of whisky, vodka and gin-based cocktails; East 8 Spritz; Three Wise Men; Penicillin; Gardener’s Tea Break To eat: A small bowl of Bombay Mix

Richard D’Silva, 36, sales manager Did you dress to impress? I have to wear a suit every day to work, so when I go out I’m a bit more casual. I wore grey jeans, black polo top, black leather jacket and boots. My friends call me Fifty Shades of Grey, as everything in my wardrobe is either grey, black or white. What did you notice first about Jessica? She was wearing a lovely blue dress; it made me think I should have made a bit more of an effort. She struck me as a really nice girl and I had a feeling we’d have a fun evening. How did you break the ice? Before we had a drink we had to get our pictures taken, so I clowned around a bit in front of the camera. It made her laugh. Did the conversation flow? It seemed effortless, and it helped that we had a cocktail demo, as it meant we avoided the usual small talk. We both have similar attitudes to life – that there’s more to it than just work. And I confessed my penchant for fancy dress; I’ve been known to turn up to a girl’s house the morning after a date dressed as a Christmas tree. In three words: Bubbly, genuine, full of character. Was there any chemistry? I didn’t feel any. I think we both felt it was more like friends catching up, rather than a romantic evening. She’s a very attractive girl, but I’m extremely fussy when it comes to women. I like tall girls who wear monochrome.


‘I totally checked out his bod. He clearly works out, a lot’

Will Jessica (left) and Richard (right) click over cocktails, or part as just good friends?


Q: Are there some food groups or minerals that women need more than men?

Christine Bailey Nutritionist

CHRISTINE: Women may find that levels of iron are low so plenty of leafy green vegetables such as kale, as well as lean cuts of organic or grass-fed meat, lentils etc will be beneficial. Women on restrictive diets may also find it difficult to get all of the nutrients they might need in the right amounts.

Ask the experts

Q: Most women have a love/hate relationship with their body. Are you any different?

We want a healthy heart but how easy is it to achieve? Our experts show how diet, exercise and even small changes to your lifestyle can improve your heart health


Q: Are weight and heart health intrinsically linked? JAMES: To a degree, yes, but many different elements can play a role in heart health. So rather than focus solely on body weight, a fitness advisor would need to take into account overall body composition (muscle mass percentage, body fat percentage), blood pressure, hormone and stress levels, all of which can have an impact.

Gabby Logan TV and radio presenter

GABBY: I don’t ever hate my body, I don’t think it deserves to be hated. It’s had two babies and served me pretty well so far. My arms have become more toned in the last six months, as I have been doing yoga. I like having some definition and feeling strong when I hold my body weight on my hands.

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Meander across the famous Charles Bridge from the Old Town to quaint Malá Strana

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Check out the art nouveau treasures at the Municipal House (, have lunch on the terrace at Pálffy Palác (, and bring home natural beauty products from Botanicus (


EasyJet ( flies to Prague from five UK airports, from £88 return. Wallpaper* City Guide Prague (£6.95, Phaidon) lists all the hip spots, or see and

The National Museum in Wenceslas Square is a short hop from the hotel

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On location PRAGUE Marie Claire’s fashion team heads east to the Czech capital Live like a royal in Le Palais Art Hotel Prague. Don’t mind if we do…

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Caudalie SPF20 Anti-wrinkle Protect Fluid, £29

Le Palais Art Hotel Prague (, from £134 with breakfast), a grand five-star hotel in the leafy Vinohrady district. Built in Belle Epoque style in 1897, it has 60 plush rooms and 12 suites, a spa, gourmet restaurant and roof terrace. Wenceslas Square is a five-minute tram ride away.


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Astro trends for August predict you’ll be wooed by lovers and employers alike. While this is highly flattering, don’t succumb to temptations on offer if you’re already in a good relationship or job. The grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. In fact, it could turn out to be a rather dark place.

Your career could face some upheaval in August. There’s no reason to fret, though. Any change will most likely work in your favour (to the disgruntlement of some colleagues). Nevertheless, seek support from loved ones at home. They’ll be invaluable when tensions at work start to run high.

Patience is a virtue you rarely have. Luckily, Venus is ready to give you enough calm resolve to at least get through August without mortally offending someone. Yes, they might need a good throttling, but your mission this month is to prove you’re a stabilising influence, not a catalyst for chaos.

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Venus and Jupiter should ensure you don’t have to chase after money this month, while solar activity will also do wonders for your sense of well-being. A niggling health issue becomes a thing of the past, and an awkward colleague or neighbour might be willing to do it your way for a change…

With your money planet Uranus backpedalling, it’s best to steer clear of high-risk investments. Much as you might be feeling rather well off at the moment, cash still needs to be kept by for unexpected emergencies – and for that exotic overseas holiday you’ve been meaning to take.

Many planets are conspiring against you at present, so make plans to improve your physical and emotional health. Stressful workloads need re-evaluating, and a few quiet nights in eating your five a day would definitely help. Burning the candle at both ends is seductive – but no longer productive.

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Your forecast for this month by Marie Claire’s astrologer, Adele Lang

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Many planets are hovering about the part of your chart related to friendship. Although romantic pairings still play a big role, you’ll be keen to pursue platonic pleasures as well. A possessive partner might need to be placated, but new pals will have a lot to offer, so don’t turn invitations down.

Mars’ influence promises to improve life after hours without impacting on your work schedule. In other words, loved ones will stop giving you grief for being so inattentive during the day. Why? Because they realise you’ll be more willing to focus on their needs if you aren’t made to feel obliged to.

Thanks to Mercury, romantic affairs get a boost at the start of the month. Towards the end, however, you might be feeling more jaded. This is because Jupiter’s wise presence means you can’t kid yourself that a goodfor-nothing lover is anything more than – ahem – a good-for-nothing lover.

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Pleasing your elders may be paramount this month – perhaps you’re seeking more money or power. While there’s no real crime in pandering to the whims of parents or employers, tread with care. It’s all very well being granted a higher status, but not if it means you get rejected by younger peers.

The end of the month could spell drama for one of your blood ties. Rather than rush to their rescue, take a step back. If you sense they’re being their own worst enemy, don’t waste valuable down-time on lectures. It might seem ruthless, but you’ll have your own personal issues to deal with this month.

Uncertain times at work shouldn’t equate to emotional wobbles at home. Truth be told, you’ll fare a lot better if you keep a stiff upper lip. Upsetting news you hear via a colleague or employer isn’t worth ruining happy domestic set-ups. With luck, calming Uranus will help you stay stoic after hours.

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Rock summer’s edgiest look in accessories with attitude – it’s time to show your metal

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