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And so adieu, the Carrousel du Louvre. Established as the heart of the Paris collections back in 1994 – when governing body La Chambre Syndicale decreed it a practical indoor and underground alternative to tents set up in the great museum's grounds – and with IM Pei's shimmering glass pyramid overhead, it was announced last week that it was to be used no longer.

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Nobody would ever accuse the great Roman couturier, Valentino Garavani, of understatement. Instead he is the undisputed master of the grand gesture. As The Last Emperor, a film about his life and work, opens, he announces: "I love a beautiful lady. I love a beautiful dog. I love a beautiful piece of furniture. I love beauty. It's not my fault." Don't you just know how he feels.

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Ready to Wear: Few designers are clever enough to make stripes appealing

Prints – clashing, colliding and quite disarmingly colourful – were ubiquitous on the spring/summer catwalks, and the bold and brave are no doubt wearing them with pride by now, blissfully unaware of their potential to induce migraine in unsuspecting passers-by. Budget fashion = bad prints.

Ready to Wear: The socks and sandals look has got legs

Socks and sandals? Overly self-conscious styling device or quite a good look? Certainly, this one has, er, legs.

Ready to Wear: The vogue for distressed denims is galling

Last week my friend B said to me, "I'm so sick of rips in jeans on anyone older than 16. I'm talking fake Balmain." She has a point.

Ready to Wear: Perhaps the WAGS will have to sharpen up their acts

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Ready to Wear: The Italian stallion lives and breathes

Marooned in Florence, Italy (it's a dirty job), with nothing better to do than people watch.

Ready to Wear: Never theme a holiday wardrobe to a holiday. No capri pants in Capri

It's the start of the summer holiday season and – as with all debuts – as far as matters sartorial are concerned, the pressure is on.

Ready to Wear: How times have changed since yours truly sweated over a sewing machine

Aged 11, I made a zip-fronted, cherry red shift dress printed with white daisies for a school project.

Ready to Wear: There’s nothing quite like a broad shoulder to shout 'working woman'

It's always safe to assume that a trend is dead in the water once it appears in the nation's favourite soaps.

Ready to Wear: More discerning souls have never lost track of Manolo Blahnik’s designs

Sipping cocktails at home with Her Majesty the Queen earlier this month – as you do – I couldn't help but notice that the very best dressed feet in the room all owed their elegant appearance to none other than Manolo Blahnik.

Ready to Wear: The New Look is a projection of a woman that heterosexual men dream of

A fashion fact: Prada and Louis Vuitton are among the most powerful brands in the world. Fashion fact number two – and also just a fact, in fact – history repeats itself.

Ready to Wear: McQueen’s aim was to make clothing that was anything but throwaway

Fashion has lost its greatest showman, a man who not only art directed the most memorable fashion experiences of the past 15 years and tirelessly pushed at the boundaries of technical innovation, but who was also a couturier in the traditional sense, always demonstrating a respect for handcraftsmanship and the art of dressmaking that was unrivalled.

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