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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Punk wars: McLaren accuses his son of selling fake clothes to dealers

The punk impresario Malcolm McLaren has accused his son Joe Corre – the entrepreneur behind the Agent Provocateur lingerie label – of helping to fuel a vast market in "fake" punk clothing.

Spin doctor wanted, as old guard get Carter

Gordon Brown is looking for a "more political" and aggressive chief adviser to fulfil the role that Alastair Campbell performed for Tony Blair, as it emerged that Stephen Carter, the Prime Minister's head of strategy, will move from his post after a "fatal" breakdown of relations within Downing Street.

Susannah Frankel: Ready To Wear

Fashion issue of the week: where on earth did Angelina Jolie get "that nightie"? I love Angelina Jolie. Despite her best efforts to be humdrum, to fit in with us mere mortals, she positively radiates superstardom. She's not averse to stepping out in a tent of a dress, pregnant or otherwise, and preferably a grey one, and still she upstages anyone else in their glittering finery on the red carpet. She attempts to downplay any physical beauty, taking on serious, even political roles. A better-than-average performance as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart aside – much red-eyed, red-nosed screaming and gnashing of teeth required – she still looked like the resident supermodel. The reviews at the time labelled her screen presence "overpowering", not entirely unfairly. But Angelina Jolie just can't help it. The weirdest thing of all? She does actually look like Mariane Pearl – like a hyper-real Mariane Pearl, the living, breathing Hollywood ideal. Marvellous.

Maggie Gyllenhaal - a journey of the heart

She was known for playing troubled characters, but as a new mother Maggie Gyllenhaal's ready for happier roles. By Gill Pringle

Design: Wooden it be nice?

Take one old dairy cottage, and transform it into an award-winning luxurious home. Simple. Or not, as Esther Walker finds out. Photographs by George Wright

Grooming marvellous - for HER

From perfect scents to luscious lotions, we select the best summer products

Terence Blacker: Rural dwellers are the victims of betrayal

How Hilary Benn's heart must have sunk at the arrival of yet another report on the state of rural Britain. New Labour has never quite understood the countryside, and those made responsible for it – Nick Smith, Margaret Beckett, Ben Bradshaw, David Miliband – have exuded the long-suffering air of professional politicians doing their best until a more important job comes along.

Joe Corre: Mister Fancy Pants fights back

When Joe Corre's wife ran off with a rock star, he was left in sole charge of the couple's multimillion-pound lingerie empire, Agent Provocateur. Now the 40-year-old son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood has a radical new plan for his business – and frilly knickers don't come into it

Well heeled: Give yourself a seasonal lift

One, two, buckle my shoe

Youth Without Youth (12A)

Here's one pet project that should have been strangled at birth

My style: Byzantia Harlow, aka Byzy Bizarre

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A Day in the Life: Agent Provocateur's founder believes he can expand his brand around the globe.

DESIGN & INTERIORS: The way we live now

AS IF it isn't bad enough that I don't have space at home for even a pokey little utility room, I now discover that my bourgeois aspirations are not nearly high enough. These days, according to the fitted furniture company Clive Christian, what I really, really ought to want is a laundry room. With acres of Edwardian-style limed-oak wall cupboards, top-loader machine, copious ceramic sink with double-drainer and overhead pulley-operated drying contraption, you can almost smell the souvenir-edition fabric conditioner.

Fashion: Look what Santa brought

The last in our series of top gift ideas for Christmas.

Style police: The latest thing you don't want to be seen in

In a season of scanty eveningwear, we're asking miracles of our lingerie. And we're getting them, says JAMES SHERWOOD
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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
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