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A behind-the-scenes take on the Telegraph fashion team's biggest stories, plus what we're wish-listing, wearing and talking about this week. Fashion, beauty, shopping, style - it's all here.

A behind-the-scenes take on the Telegraph fashion team's biggest stories, plus what we're wish-listing, wearing and talking about this week. Fashion, beauty, shopping, style - it's all here.
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A behind-the-scenes take on the Telegraph fashion team's biggest stories, plus what we're wish-listing, wearing and talking about this week. Fashion, beauty, shopping, style - it's all here.




Wardrobe disasters and bad press: Samantha Cameron and Isabel Spearman on honing their workwear styles at Downing Street

As working environments go, they don’t come much more high profile than Number 10 Downing Street - and that’s exactly where this episode’s guests honed their senses of style. It’s no surprise, then, that both women have gone on to launch their own fashion businesses catering to women in the corporate sphere. Samantha Cameron, wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron and founder of fashion label Cefinn, and Isabel Spearman, Samantha’s former special advisor turned image consultant and...


The best of Paris Fashion Week, and how Hedi Slimane’s new Celine let women down

The last model has teetered on her heels, the last glass of Champagne has been drunk, the last Eurostar has been run for, and missed. In the eternal words of The Smiths: we know it’s over, still we cling. So in this week’s episode, we’ll be reliving every glorious moment of Paris fashion week - or at least, as many glorious moments as we can fit into a half hour recording. Lisa Armstrong and Bethan Holt join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton for this special episode, rounding off a month of...


Ciao from Milan Fashion Week

Fashion may attract the rich and famous, but it’s not often that you’d find a Princess, a Viscountess and the most beautiful woman in the world walking the same catwalk. This week on Fashion Unzipped, Lisa Armstrong and Victoria Moss join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton to go behind the velvet rope at a star-studded Milan Fashion Week. From people watching at Dolce & Gabbana to tackling the lack of diversity on Milanese catwalks and the trends you can apply to your wardrobe now, we’ve got all...


Alexa Chung joins us for a London Fashion Week debrief

How did you spend your weekend? On Saturday morning, we lay on a bean bag the size of a football pitch; on Saturday night, we walked through a ring of protesters chanting ‘shame’, and on Sunday we watched Rose McGowan challenge the totalitarian state on stage. It’s London Fashion Week! Lisa Armstrong, Bethan Holt and Victoria Moss join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton for this special episode, sharing highlights from the week, looking back at 10 years of Victoria Beckham's brand, and weighing...


Dispatches from New York Fashion Week

Oprah, Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro walk into a park. This isn't the beginning of a bad joke, but just the tip of the front row iceberg at Ralph Lauren's 50th anniversary catwalk show. This week, Lisa Armstrong and Caroline Leaper join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton for this New York Fashion Week special. From a fashion editor's wardrobe to the reinvention of Kate Spade, the stealth It-bags to carry now and a near meet-cute with Martha Stewart, we're taking you behind the scenes in the...


That back to school feeling: your guide to new season style

Kat Farmer, author of the Does My Bum Look 40 In This? blog and Marianne Jones, editor of Stella Magazine join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton in this guide to the new season. From the man-repelling trends we love to the school-gate politics we hate, the high street coats we're snapping up now to the designer trainers worth saving up for, we're setting our wardrobes to rights in this week's episode. Plus, Kat shares her surprising method for seamlessly taking an outfit from day to...


Into the mama-merch universe (and beyond)

Would you wear a t-shirt that read 'MOTHER', 'Strong Girls Club' or 'Mother like no one's judging'? Do you already own all three? In this episode, Emily Cronin, Victoria Moss and Charlie Gowans-Eglinton explore the growing -- and lucrative -- phenomenon of mama merch. Plus, we share everything we know about the September issues (including a version of Madonna we can only call Nando-donna), wonder who's buying all the Love Island trendz and dish on the 2019 Pirelli Calendar. We're taking a...


A very 2018 guide to beach style

Last week we talked about the misery and the mastery of packing for a summer holiday. Today we’re pretending that we’ve made it into the taxi, through the airport and to the sun lounger on the other side. What does the beach holiday of 2018 look like compared to that of years past? In this week's episode Emily Cronin, Victoria Moss, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Bethan Holt dish on the Instagram etiquette of your summer holiday. Plus, we discuss characters in campaigns (like Dame Joan Collins...


So much holiday style, so little suitcase space

Sometimes packing for a holiday feels like one final, near-insurmountable challenge to get through before you truly earn the right to relax. But we've sought advice from expert travellers to help make packing for your next trip a little easier (yes, even if you're the kind of woman who packs more than one pair of sandals for every day of holiday). Also in this episode, Emily Cronin, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Victoria Moss talk about unintentional style twins Meghan and Melania (it's a...


Babies, Burberry and the truth about selfies

The week of Prince Louis's christening, we ask the big questions: Is there such thing as mother-of-the-baby dressing? What to buy for the royal baby who has everything? (Our suggestion: Gucci kidswear from Net-a-porter.) And who really made Princess Charlotte's hairband? In other news, Emily Cronin, Lisa Armstrong and Charlie Gowans-Eglinton discuss Bee Shaffer and Francesco Carrozzini's wedding (AKA the most Vogue nuptials ever) and why social-media bans could replace the novelty hashtag --...


Parisian couture, Japanese manners, and British style inspiration

Berets, bouclé, and a scale replica of the left bank: the Paris couture shows are underway, with Lisa Armstrong reporting from the front row. Back in the studio, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Bethan Holt, Victoria Moss and Caroline Leaper are discussing Brigitte Macron's make-under, the women style-stalking British royals, and our World Cup highlight - spoiler, it's not the football... Visit for more on these and other stories and email your questions...


Royal rule-breaking, a £440 Gucci teapot, and our guide to heatwave style

The long-awaited heatwave is here, and so far it’s caused rail delays, wildfires, and questionable fashion choices. Now all we need is a hosepipe ban to make this a classic British summer. In this week's episode, we're sharing our guide to heatwave dressing. Join Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Bethan Holt, Victoria Moss and Caroline Leaper in the studio: also on the agenda, royal rule-breaking at Ascot and the rise of designer homewares. Plus, what we’re excited about this week, from World Cup...


The “Do you like my hat?” Edition

Millinery in the recording studio can mean only one thing: it’s Royal Ascot. The annual racing event is a festival of horses, fashion and especially hats — but what does it all mean? Also in this bumper episode, Emily Cronin, Lisa Armstrong, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Bethan Holt discuss the mixed messages in the new Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A, what Ocean’s 8 gets right about the fashion world and how Love Island is — or isn’t — influencing UK trends. Plus, what we’re excited about...


The lasting fashion legacy of the 2006 World Cup WAGs - yes, really

Nelly Furtado was number one, Borat was playing in cinemas, and best pals Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Tweedy, Coleen McLoughlin and Abbey Clancy, newly arrived in Baden Baden for the World Cup, were setting the fashion agenda; Coleen even appeared in Vogue. With this year's tournament kicking off on Thursday, we're looking at their style legacy. Join Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Emily Cronin, Bethan Holt and Olivia Buxton Smith in the studio: also on the agenda are the holiday-focused fashion...


Beyond tutus: SATC fashion 20 years later

Cupcakes and cosmos at the ready: this week marks the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City. On June 6 1998, HBO introduced the world to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda -- and a few other household names, like Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin. In today's episode, Emily Cronin, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Victoria Moss discuss the show's fashion legacy, with a little help from special guest Laura Jackson. The TV presenter, lifestyle entrepreneur and fashion insider has plenty to...


Because pregnancy style really does exist

Until recently, ‘pregnancy fashion’ was something of an oxymoron. It’s one of the small indignities of fashion that pregnancy — a time when many women feel their most womanly -- can also be the point at which women are least served by brands. But a growing group of pregnancy-compatible labels is seeking to change that. Listen in as we introduce the brands rewriting the rules of maternity style. Also in today’s episode, Emily Cronin, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Sonia Haria talk about a very...


A royally good wedding special

The champagne corks are popped, the bunting sagging, and the cake eaten: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now, finally, husband and wife. On Saturday, St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle hosted the wedding of the year - and now that it’s over, we’re not quite sure what to do with ourselves, actually. In this special royal wedding episode, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Bethan Holt, Sonia Haria and Caroline Leaper are dissecting every moment of the day, from the dress to the guests and...


The royal wedding countdown is ON

It’s all happening, people! In a matter of days, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle -- and as the numbers on our months-long countdown dwindle, the guessing game over what Meghan will wear has kicked into a higher gear. It's close to all we can talk about on the fashion desk, so in this episode, we're sharing our educated guesses, silhouette predictions and unlikely wishes with you. Plus, Emily Cronin, Lisa Armstrong, Bethan Holt and podcast newbie Victoria Moss...


Worshipping at the altar of Met Gala fashion

Sport has the Super Bowl, Hollywood the Oscars, and fashion, the Met Gala. The first Monday in May sees some of the most avant-garde - and often bizarre - fashion out there, and last night’s ball was no exception - cue Katy Perry nearly taking out another guest with her six foot angel wings. In this episode, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, Emily Cronin, Bethan Holt and Dominique Temple are sharing the trends, talking points, and tiaras - the Papal kind - from the red carpet. The Catholic dress...


The joy of clothes -- and other fashion lessons from our mothers

Did your mother teach you how to iron a collar, or never to leave home without matching your handbag to your shoes? Ours didn't, but we managed to absorb some pretty pivotal fashion messages from them anyway. In this episode, Emily Cronin, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Bethan Holt share style lessons we learned from our matriarchs -- and some we had to unlearn along the way. Also in this episode, we talk about what "coolest designer ever" Virgil Abloh did next (erm, a collaboration with Ikea),...