Kanye West: Nebuchadnezzar review rapper’s first opera is a giant folly

With its ramshackle delivery, halting Bible readings and thunderous choir, Nebuchadnezzar is an outlandish, self-regarding spectacle Rock and pop artists tend to tread very carefully around the issue of classical music. Paul McCartney waited for 30 years of his career to pass by which time he was thoroughly established as one half of the most successful songwriting partnership in history before presenting his first oratorio to the world. Billy Joel and Elvis Costello similarly allowed 30 years to elapse before announcing that they had written classical pieces. Even Roger Waters, a man so untroubled by the concept of modesty he bills himself as a creative genius on the adverts for his gigs, spent 28 years working on his opera Ca …

From royalty to rebellion: the fashion renaissance of argyle

Since it was invented in the 17th century, argyle has been worn by everyone from royals to Kanye West and Nick Faldo. Now the classic diamond pattern is having a Generation Z moment A different view on an established classic is a familiar trick in fashion take shoulder-robing your coat or french-tucking a shirt, for example. And consider argyle: the diamond pattern came into being by looking at something another way in this case, tartan in the 17th century. London fashion week 2019, from left: Victoria Beckham, Molly Goddard and Gucci. Composite: Guardian Design; Estrop/WireImage; Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images for Gucci Clans used to weave tartan on smaller frames to make tartan hose, says Professor Alistair ONeill, a fashion historian …