The big beachwear battle: Insta-kaftans v Love Island cutouts

There is a standoff in swimwear this summer, between reality TV-style bodycon and boho waftiness. Which side will you be on? Beachwear has run Montagues v Capulets this summer. Two holiday seems are vying for dominance, although they are not alike in dignity. In the Capulet corner is the kaftan crew: influencers who appear to…

Nuno Mendes’ summer recipes: seared beef salad with herb puree

Cooking with this unusual method produces the juiciest steak, which pairs beautifully with seasonal vegetables This may seem an unusual way to cook steak, but a light touch preserves the integrity of the meat and makes the juiciest melt-in-the-mouth steaks you can imagine. The garnishes are very much a reflection of what is around at…

I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity | Mark Boyle

Being healthy is not related to physicians, ambulances and technology. I use natural methods to keep my body in balance, writes Mark Boyle, the Guardians Life Without Technology columnist When people learn of my decision to reject modern complex technology in favour of older, slower, forgotten routes, their first line of investigation usually involves healthcare.…

Pirelli’s all-black calendar:’ Any girl should be able to have their own fairytale’

Diversity takes centre stage as Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyongo, Whoopi Goldberg and Sean Diddy Combs feature in Tim Walker and Edward Enninfuls twisted version of Alice in Wonderland I chop off people heads and I like it. Naomi Campbell seems up from her phone to tell a group of journalists about her role in the…

The art of being Azzedine Alaia, darling designer of style insiders

A stunning prove at the Design Museum presents the master couturiers own vision although sadly he wont see it. By Kate Finnigan When Azzedine Alaia, the Tunisian master couturier, succumbed of a heart attack in Paris last November, aged 82, the Design Museum in London was seven months into preparing a big present dedicated to…

Nuno Mendes’ summertime recipes: seared beef salad with herb puree

Cooking with this unusual technique makes the juiciest steak, which pairs beautifully with seasonal vegetables This may seem an unusual style to cook steak, but a light touch preserves the integrity of the meat and creates the juiciest melt-in-the-mouth steaks you can imagine. The garnishes are very much a reflection of what is around at…

Anna Jones’s homemade ricotta recipe and three things to cook with it | The modern cook

Its easy to make your own ricotta from scratch. Its ideal for a gentle herb and citrus dip, as the main attraction on a tray of honey-baked figs, or stirred through a plate of spicy spaghetti with chard, garlic and herbs There is so much to love about ricotta. First up, its clean, fresh cloud-like…