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Harriet Hall

The Independent

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Recent articles by Harriet:

What fashion week is really like during a pandemic

Usually a hubub of designers, press and street style influencers, how will London Fashion Week fare during a pandemic? Harriet Hall and Olivia Petter find out → Read More

Burberry takes to Twitch to livestream collection that sees Riccardo Tisci hit his stride

Burberry described it as a ‘digital experience for unprecedented times’ – it was certainly a memorable way to kick off a fashion week like no other, writes Harriet Hall → Read More

Bank holidays 2020: How many days do we get off this year and what dates are they?

It's never too soon to start planning those all-important days off. Calendars at the ready → Read More

Wake me up when September ends: How 2020 stole our annual back to school reset

Instead of offering the usual promise of new beginnings, this September is tinged with monotony, but we can still make our own fresh start, writes Harriet Hall → Read More

UK bank holidays 2020: How many days do Brits get off this year and when are they?

It's never too soon to start planning those all-important days off. Calendars at the ready → Read More

UK bank holidays 2020: How many days do Brits get off this year and when are they?

There’s nothing quite like a long weekend – or the shorter working week that precedes or follows one – to give us a new lease of life. → Read More

Coal Rooms restaurant review: Has coronavirus led to an overwhelmingly good kohlrabi crop this year?

Can a vegetarian or vegan tasting menu option really be an afterthought for diners in 2020, asks Harriet Hall? → Read More

When will the beauty and fashion industry truly represent all skin colours?

As a white woman, I can Google “nude shoes”, “flesh-coloured underwear” or “skin-coloured tights” and be met with pages and pages of options. I can walk into a make-up shop and leave with a hand covered in varying stripes of foundation, each one an almost-perfect match to my skin tone. I can find a bra that will virtually disappear under a sheer shirt. → Read More

The pressure felt by Meghan and Harry from the royal family appears far more than Prince Andrew has faced

Should we feel sorry for one of the princes of England as he sits next to a glistening infinity pool in Beverley Hills and contemplates his life – while the rest of the world faces new lockdowns, mass unemployment and loss at an unimaginable level? → Read More

‘I was drinking daily, £17,000 in debt, and having suicidal thoughts. Then I started talking’

The 13th May 2012 was the final day of the Premier League. As usual I was in the pub and I watched as Sergio Aguero scored the winning goal for Manchester City seconds before the final whistle blew. It was the most extraordinary moment in premier league history. The pub exploded. But as people around me celebrated, jumping up and down and hugging each other, I just sat there → Read More

Sexism is alive and well when the competence of vascular surgeons is judged by what they wear on holiday

Straight off the bat, I might as well admit that I’m not an avid reader of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, but I’d be tempted to make a wild assumption (”ass”, I know... “you and me”) about its typical contents: veins, arteries, lymphatic vessels and ideas backed up by scrupulous peer-reviewed research with which to maintain the respective healthy functioning of each. → Read More

Restaurant no-shows confirm we are a nation of flakers and it won’t fly in the post-corona world

There’s nothing quite as delicious as a last-minute cancellation: a friend who messages you to say they’re sooo sorry but they simply cannot get out of working late/ their baby has vomited/ they think they might be coming down with a cold/ they forgot they are actually gluten, lactose and soy intolerant and can no longer eat anything. → Read More

Mrs America: The key players portrayed in the BBC drama about Women’s Liberation

Among the battles that were waged on the status quo by second-wave feminism, from reproductive rights to equal pay and girls’ education, the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the United States was one of the most conflict laden. Such was the level of tension and passion on both sides of the debate, the battle for the ERA has been dramatised in a BBC series → Read More

Let’s keep remote working, and hang on to the small silver linings of coronavirus

So here we are, is this lockdown over? Aside from a few final details – mass gatherings, spectators at sporting events, and hugs – the seismic shift in our quotidian lives felt by the coronavirus lockdown in the UK is more or less over. → Read More

How can we encourage people to wear face masks? Make them fashionable

Nancy Pelosi has coordinated her face masks with her suits, celebrities have repurposed bandanas as face coverings, so what is the rest of the fashion world waiting for? → Read More

Free from the gaze of the patriarchy, my wardrobe and I are liberated

In February this year, I went wedding outfit shopping for the *checks tally* 73rd time since I got engaged 12 months earlier. I had been getting together with my mother and bridesmaids regularly to peruse accessories, pick up shoes and run our hands across taffeta, silk and tulle as if we were browsing the splendour of a hotel breakfast buffet. On one such trip, a woman picked → Read More

Office workers call for greater flexibility with remote working post-lockdown

Office workers have expressed their hope that they will be offered the option of more flexible working when the nation emerges from the coronavirus lockdown. Since lockdown was enforced in the UK on 23 March, people across the nation, in various different sectors, have had to adapt to new working environments with many office workers having to acclimatise to working from home → Read More

Normal People celebrated consent. I May Destroy You shows what happens when you take it away

“What’s your background?” a publishing agent asks author, Arabella, in a meeting. “Ghana,” she replies without missing a beat, so used is she to her racial identity being interrogated as a black British woman. “I meant career background,” he laughs. It’s this sort of knowing humour that forms the backbone of BBC Three's latest lockdown offering, I May Destroy You, a drama that → Read More

‘The mindfulness of swimming is what I crave most during lockdown’

Ever since the UK government imposed a coronavirus lockdown, many of us have been surprised to discover that it’s the little things – not the extravagant or the particularly earth-shattering – that we’ve mis → Read More

The government has left us no choice but to set our own lockdown rules

Once again, England is divided into two nations. First Brexit and now our approach to lockdown easing: the half that spent the sunny weekend breaking guidelines to gather in large groups, play contact sports, share picnic food and sit closer together than they ever appeared to before the global pandemic (as it happens, the entirety of this group seems to have been on Clapham → Read More