Ready To Wear: This season's bags are barely big enough to fit a lipstick

Bad things about being a woman: unequal pay, period pains and, later in life, the inevitable hairy chin.

Ready To Wear: The ironic fashion statement has now achieved iconic status

Are you woman enough to carry a handbag shaped like a sheep wearing socks and scarf hand-crafted by the petites mains at Ungaro?

Ready To Wear: Put your best foot forward in Prada's new hybrid brogue

While the very idea of "intellectual" fashion is likely to bring out an even a half-intelligent woman in hives, there are certain industry heavyweights who regularly come up with designs that provoke a certain amount of thought at least.

Ready To Wear: Going fashion cold turkey could lead to a style renewal

Fashion detox. You've heard the puff. It's January: time to go through your wardrobe and get rid of anything you haven't worn for the past three/six/twelve months depending on how profligate you may or may not be.

Ready To Wear: There's history behind Matt Cardle's yellow trousers

"What kind of a man wears yellow trousers?" I shouted at the telly, watching Matt Cardle whining away in a pair the night he was crowned winner of this year's X Factor.

Ready To Wear: The fashion establishment always come back to black

The big story for the forthcoming season may be the wearing of full-on colour – blocked, printed, tone-on-tone, whatever – but only a few dipped their toes into that particular water at last week's British Fashion Awards.

Ready To Wear: Lower legs like a yeti? Shampoo and brush them

A goat isn't just for Christmas. And neither, for that matter, is a pair of goatskin boots. Instead, they are something of a commitment, as it turns out.

Ready To Wear: Not the kind of shopping rush we all hope for

H&M/Lanvin fever descended in London last week with a ferocity not seen since grown women flattened one another at the opening of the Primark store in Oxford Street three years ago.

Ready To Wear: The only way a Birkin should be carried is open

So I'm having lunch at Claridge's with Victoria Beckham (as you do) and as we mill around for quite some time waiting to be seated, my dear muckerina Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph hands me my perfume and BlackBerry, which she had, entirely unbeknownst to me, lifted from my handbag only seconds before.

Ready To Wear: The ultimate fashion gift? Walk this way, shoe-lovers

Pretenders to the Imelda Marcos/ Sarah Jessica Parker/Theresa May flagrant footwear fetishist throne might like to know that the world's most unashamedly indulgent and recession- unfriendly Christmas gift has arrived.

Ready To Wear: The peacock male will be wearing animal print

My affection for Cristiano Ronaldo is well documented. (I would, basically.) It soared to unprecedented heights last weekend, however, with the unveiling of his new boots.

Ready To Wear: The new bag is bright and bold, but not branded

While the type of heavily logoed and hardware laden ‘it’ bag that might not unreasonably be described as an offensive weapon has had its day, and the humble satchel is enjoying an extended moment in the sun, it won’t be long before women the world over hanker for something more attention-seeking than that.

Ready To Wear: 25 years on, it's all too easy to be blasé about Japanese fashion

Anyone doubting the impact that Japanese fashion has on what we choose every day to wear should pay a visit to the excellent Future Beauty show at the Barbican.

Ready To Wear: At Chloé, almost every look came out finished with ballet pumps

The new shoes are flat, if the spring/summer 2011 catwalk is anything to go by.

Ready To Wear: The white shirt looks set to be everywhere next season

Sometimes the simplest of garments brings out a display of virtuosity in designers more effectively than anything more obviously sensational in flavour.

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