Race is very much on my mind at the moment. I am visiting the US and, as a black British academic, my attention is drawn to daily news reports about racism and suffering at the hands of the police, even for minor infractions such as parking ticket violation and speeding.
More than 20 million viewers watched rapper and fashion designer Kanye West put his own twist on a New York Fashion Week runway show on Thursday as he debuted a new album and clothing collection at famed music venue Madison Square Garden.
"Make do and mend" was the title of a pamphlet issued to British housewives during the Second World War. It detailed useful tips on how to be frugal and stylish in times of hardship by repurposing, recycling and reusing. Strangely, you felt echoes of that way of thinking at the spring/summer 2016 haute couture, in the expensive and extraordinary clothes created by a handful of houses for a fistful of clients.