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Ready To Wear: There are tattoos – and then there are fashion tattoos

Are tattoos ubiquitous to the point where they are no longer desirable? That is the question.

Ready To Wear: There was a time when any publicity was good publicity

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Ready To Wear: Yves Saint Laurent's influence is everywhere

Y Not?" asked the front page of Women's Wear Daily the morning after last week's Gucci show in Milan.

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The first show I ever saw as fashion editor of a national newspaper was John Galliano's debut haute couture collection for Givenchy.

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There was a time when the annual Oscar red carpet was the place to see the world's most extraordinary actors parading ever more outrageous and exuberant designs.

Ready To Wear: Fashion's future stars shine at the Central Saint Martin's show

They say that creativity prospers in hard times, and if this year's Central Saint Martin's MA show was anything to go by, then that appears to be the case.

Ready To Wear: Christopher Kane is the hot ticket this Fashion Week

London Fashion Week, famed for its youthful talent, has launched the careers of everyone from Rifat Ozbek to John Galliano and from Hussein Chalayan to Alexander McQueen.

Ready To Wear: Fashion shows are becoming ever-more exclusive affairs

The new collections are currently in full flow and if, in recent times, the overriding rule has been to eschew intimacy in favour of high-profile, blockbuster presentation – generating as much publicity as possible being fashion's Holy Grail – that may be about to change.

Susannah Frankel: We fetishise the female form, and then condemn the wish to 'improve' it

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Ready To Wear: Doe-eyed and docile – the importance of not being Audrey

Does anyone actually want to look like Audrey Hepburn these days," I asked a colleague last week as yet another soon-to-be-published volume extolling the virtues of the actor's style – So Audrey: 59 Ways to Put a Little Hepburn in Your Step – landed on the fashion desk.

Ready To Wear: Will shopping with a friend bring me back down to earth?

Is shopping an activity best undertaken with an adviser in tow? A burning fashion dilemma if ever there was one, the outcome of which is as potentially hazardous as it may be fruitful.

Ready To Wear: Dressing for a deluge looks so much easier on the catwalk

Some trends are more irritating than inspiring.

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