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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

Occupation: Artist by day, burlesque performer by night

Joseph Corr: How to change the world with lingerie</I>

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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