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Jenny Turner: Ballgowns, 5 July 2012

... The idea has been much developed since, by Mouret himself and by many others. In 2007, Victoria Beckham wore a pink Mouret Moon dress on her first appearance with her husband after he joined LA Galaxy (‘Real elegance requires not only a great dress but a discriminating and disciplined wearer,’ Germaine Greer enthused in the ...

Still Reeling from My Loss

Andrew O’Hagan: Lulu & Co, 2 January 2003

I Don't Want to Fight 
by Lulu.
Time Warner, 326 pp., £17.99, October 2002, 0 316 86169 3
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by Pamela Stephenson.
HarperCollins, 400 pp., £6.99, July 2002, 0 00 711092 8
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Just for the Record 
by Geri Halliwell.
Ebury, 221 pp., £17.99, September 2002, 0 09 188655 4
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Learning to Fly 
by Victoria Beckham.
Penguin, 528 pp., £6.99, July 2002, 0 14 100394 4
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Right from the Start 
by Gareth Gates.
Virgin, 80 pp., £9.99, September 2002, 1 85227 914 1
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by Ulrika Jonsson.
Sidgwick, 417 pp., £16.99, October 2002, 0 283 07367 5
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... to say nothing of the press’s own behaviour. Geri Halliwell’s old chum from the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham, has a thing or two to say about the push-me-pull-you mechanics of the British press, but, first off, she’s in a class of her own when it comes to dedications. She feels sorry for herself too, but she manages quite deftly, in dedicating ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: Dream On, 27 June 2002

... the Daily Telegraph on 13 June were pictures of the eminent novelist in sports kit that David Beckham might not be ashamed to be seen in. Pilates, we learn, has changed Martin Amis’s life. It’s got him onto the health pages of the Telegraph, for one thing. ‘It’s a bit girly, but it really works,’ he enthuses to ...

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Andrew O’Hagan: Have you seen their sandals?, 3 July 2014

... witchcraft.’ According to Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row by James Sherwood, even Queen Victoria got in on the act, writing to her son Bertie that ‘dress is a trifling matter,’ before adding: ‘we do not wish to control your own tastes and fancies … but we do expect that you will never wear anything extravagant or slang.’ In the end she ...

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Jonathan Parry: Harry Goes Rogue, 6 February 2020

... 1867 Walter Bagehot pointed out how wrongheaded they were to complain about the attention paid to Victoria’s promenades at Windsor or the Prince of Wales’s trips to the Derby. Popular fascination with ‘a retired widow and an unemployed youth’, he insisted, was of great significance in explaining British political health.The British monarchy has ...


Iain Sinclair: My Olympics, 30 August 2012

... global spectacle. Glossy new craft appear, hawking running shoes and branded kit for the legacy of Victoria Park athletes with personal trainers and exercise mats. Wells kept a diary of the time he spent in Leyton police station. He was touched by the concern shown by the duty officer and felt that he was in the right place to meditate on what has been ...


John Lanchester: A Month on the Sofa, 11 July 2002

... crucial penalty), Placente, Sorín, Ortega. But we win the battle of the stupid hair, thanks to Beckham’s mohican and Seaman’s ponytail. ¡Olé! 8 June. Thanks to Italy’s 2-1 loss to Croatia – a defeat helped by their having two entirely valid goals denied by the Danish linesman, but never mind – the Cup is going into its third round with ...

The Olympics Scam

Iain Sinclair: The Razing of East London, 19 June 2008

... down as the heavyweight arm-twisting pays off, the celebrity assaults, camera-kissing by Blair and Beckham: we get the Games on 6 July 2005. Then the shock of a traumatised London the following morning, death toll rising, dazed survivors captured on mobile phones as they stumble through smoke-filled, soft-focus tunnels. Bomb carriers looped on CCTV: malignant ...

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