Ready To Wear: There may well be more to a dress than meets the eye

I love a fashion book divided into easily assimilated, bite-sized chunks.

'The juice is flowery but unlike anything floral that nature intended'

Ready To Wear: The strangely beautiful scent that shouldn't exist in a bottle

"A fragrance that couldn't exist in a bottle that shouldn't exist..." reads the press release for the new scent from Comme des Garçons, in characteristically opaque style.

Ready To Wear: A designer link up for those who like their labels discreet

You can't beat a good collaboration, particularly when both sides are close to a fashion follower's heart.

Ready To Wear: The fight over red is really just about the colour of money

"The colour red just got some support from the colour blue," read a story in Women's Wear Daily last Tuesday, which is WWD speak for the fact that jeweller Tiffany is backing shoemaker Christian Louboutin in an attempt to persuade the legal world that colour can be trademarked.

Ready To Wear: Her favourite designer? Well, it would have to be Porc Jacobs...

PIG IN FASHION SHOOT SHOCK. And this is not just the latest in a long line of cute, baby-animal-as-accessory manoeuvres beloved by Bruce Weber.

Ready To Wear: Forget sackcloth and go for gold

Gold. The colour of money, the Vatican's baroque grandeur, Spandau Ballet and shopping malls in Dubai. And the shade to parade this season.

Ready To Wear: Why be so down on a rapper's debut on the catwalk?

The sight of front-row faces at Kanye West's debut show made it worth attending alone.

Florence and the fashion machine

Guests were met by an underwater playground at the Chanel show which opened the Paris collections yesterday. Florence Welch played live standing in a seashell.

Ready To Wear: The fashion merry-go-round takes yet another turn

The rumours surrounding Paris's major brands may do big business no harm, but one can only feel for the designers who are forced to complete collections while the rest of the world wonders who may – or may not – step into their shoes. This applies more than most to Stefano Pilati, who will stage his show for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris this evening.

Ready To Wear: In fashion, to tweet or remain discreet?

How best to showcase a forthcoming collection when even the most well-heeled of Western consumers must surely be tightening her belt? There were two very disparate solutions to this particular problem in evidence last week.

Ready To Wear: A formal wardrobe is invariably ageing

Back to school and "you should see M in his new uniform" says my friend, A, "he looks about 25". M is, in fact, all of 11.

Ready To Wear: You can't save the world while wearing a cape

No capes!" shouts Edna Mode, in the Pixar classic The Incredibles. "Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids. All was well, another day saved, when his cape snagged on a missile fin! Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on take-off! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex! No capes!"

Ready To Wear: The best thing about Carnival is the costumes

By the time this is published, the Notting Hill Carnival will be in full swing and, oh, at this point, to be Rihanna, who looked so brilliant at the Crop Over Festival in Barbados at the beginning of this month. One could be forgiven for forgetting, if only for a moment, that the tiniest red and gold embroidered bikini, matching leg harnessing, fishnet tights and what might perhaps best be described as black hobnail boots are really a very good idea indeed.

Ready To Wear: As high profile fashion spats go, this one's to die for

You can't beat a good fashion feud: Versace and Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney, Hubert de Givenchy and just about anyone...

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Alex says The question fashion needs to address is who is the new Lagerfeld? The second Armani?
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Halloween Going over to the dark side doesn't have to mean a Halloween horror show
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Revitalizing supreme anti-aging eye balm, £42, Estée Lauder, esteelauder.co.uk
Beauty...so here are some good repair and renewal creams
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Alex saysIt’s not the skill of the creation you’re left reeling at, but the ostentation
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Menswear Woolens and sweaters are looking bold and bright this season
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Detail of the dress made entirely of loom bands
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Revellers wear Native American head-dresses as the temperatures remain high at the Glastonbury
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Legal experts warn that Julian Assange walk free while the Government deals with EU formalities
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WomenswearThe Portuguese duo team up with the high-street giant and present a Nineties-inspired collection
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Accessories And reveals a line f quirky train-shaped handbags
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Cosy catwalks: both Burberry and Gucci are big fans of the toasty trend
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Hardy boots to keep you marching through winter
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GALLERY Irreverent artist Alexsandro Palombo illustrates Kate Middleton
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Scottish Fashion Awards... alongside Christopher Kane and Jean Campbell
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ACCESSORIES... including Dior's embroidered trainers, Moschino's French fries iPhone case, and Chanel's milk carton handbag
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These slippers from Antik Batik would be worthy of a very modern Cinderella (£209, plumo.com)
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