Susie Rushton

Susie Rushton is editor of the Saturday magazine at The Independent

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Hotel of the week: Nothing gets lost in translation in the luxurious Peninsula

Only the downright lazy stay holed up in their room in Tokyo, where the "different-planet" thrills are felt at every street corner. But it is very hard to leave The Peninsula. An outpost of the historic hotel in Hong Kong, checking in here is an indulgent option.

Fashion Special: Beauty queen

THIS YEAR, I'm hoping for roses. Not the long-stemmed, extortionately- priced variety but one of the rosy-scented potions which leave a lingering perfume that's a proven stress-reliever and, Beauty Queen's Prince Consort might care to note, a proven aphrodisiac. "Rose is one of those ingredients that never go out of fashion," says perfume designer Azzi Glasser. "It's a classic and it connotes beauty, seduction and femininity - and, so long as the extract is a natural rose, it's great for the skin." So, how very clever of Dr Hauschka to put together three of their cult rose products - body oil, hand cream and a body lotion - in a Rose Gift Box (pounds 45). Laced with rose petal extracts from both the Rosa Damascena and Rosa Gallica, Dr Hauschka's rose products have a rich and naturally sweet scent; for a subtler, greener rose, REN's new Damask Rose Ramnose Biosaccharide body cream (pounds 23) will soften dusty winter skin and promises to stimulate endorphin release - all far sexier than its clunky name. Finally, if my Valentine wishes to present me with a gift that says both "You are like a perfect dewy rose to me" and "You have open pores" (which I agree isn't the ideal scenario), he could seek out Sanoflore's rose toning lotion (pounds 11.95). Made by a French organic beauty company, this rose water and aloe astringent is packaged in a handy spray can, allowing full facial spritzing with a lovely over-ripe rose scent. Although a bunch of flowers wouldn't go amiss, either.

FASHION SPECIAL: Making his Marc

The high street hijacks his ideas - and even Hollywood stars have been known to steal his clothes. Susie Rushton talks to Marc Jacobs, the man who knows what women want. Fashion photography by Lacey Styling by Beth Dadswell

Fashion & Style: Been there, worn that

A radical new exhibition reveals how designers from Quant to Dior have drawn inspiration from the past - and from each other. Susie Rushton finds that there's nothing new under the sun

Fashion: Cut the mustard

To wear this season's hot colour, take inspiration from cyclists and deep-sea fisherman. And beware of the malevolent influence of Big Bird and Rupert the Bear, says Susie Rushton

Beauty queen

AT THE age of 13, I made my first, utterly illicit, purchase. It was a shiny black-and-gold plastic case that you could fit into the palm of your hand and it contained a spongy swab and three shades of greenish eyeshadow: sparkly avocado, mushy pea and eau-de-nil. None of them, it should go without saying, complemented either my mouse-grey school uniform or pubescent complexion. That hardly mattered. The pounds 3 transaction was a cosmetic rite of passage and, like so many other British girls, my longed-for transformation began with a visit to the No7 counter in Boots.

Fashion & Style: Dressed for excess

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