Life and Style
 

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

Fashion: Men, they just don't get it, do they?

Men buying underwear for women. What a business. Mostly they are either painfully embarrassed or painfully wrong. How do you do better? Allow our Ms Blanchard to assist you. Photographs by Sheridan Morley.

Fashion: Between the top drawer and the top shelf

Joe Corre is famous for two things: his punk parents and his underwear emporium, Agent Provocateur. Here he tells us why he is so interested in ladies' knickers.

Never mind the Bollocks

With the King and Queen of punk as his Mum and Dad, no wonder Joe Corre grew up to run an underwear empire. Here, he talks about Malcolm and Vivienne, his extraordinary childhood and how he got big in pants

Letter: Framed by MI5

Sir: The available evidence shows conclusively that Alice Wheeldon (not "Wheedon") never plotted to murder anyone and that she was framed by an MI5 offshoot called PMS2 ("Lloyd George freed his would-be assassin", 28 November).

Style: Making a new start

Shops are springing up all the time. Here are just a few that have opened their doors in the past week, and a preview of some which launch next week

Style: Turn on, drop in

A weekend of kinky boots, lingerie and general fetishwear is promised at Olympia in London's first ever show of Erotica

Style: For the Swedish au pair, Dominatrix, Fifties pin-up and Lolita inside us all

It was a risky - not to say risque - decision to open a shop selling naughty undies, but it worked for Joe Corre and Serena Rees. And Agent Provocateur has proved so popular, says Melanie Rickey, that a new store is about to open in Knightsbridge. A little more sophisticated, maybe. But just as saucy.

Letter: MI5's missing files

Letter: MI5's missing files

Live and direct

Wall of Sound All Stars Special Mary Ann Hobbs' Show, Radio 1

How to buy lingerie

The Knack: Root through her drawers first to check for size, advises singer Gina G

Top Ten; Men's and women's underwear around pounds 12

1. Swiss girls seem to have no trouble pulling - could it be their underwear? White Swiss-style lattice underwired bra, pounds 12, by Marks and Spencer, 458 Oxford St, London W1 and branches nationwide, enquiries 0171- 935 4422.

Dressing down

Everyone knows this trick: your boss is giving you an earful, so you picture him in his smalls. Strip away pinstriped authority, says Belinda Morris, and imagine the wanton within

Agent Provocateur: Doggone

I can't go to the movies, or read a book, or open the New York Times without becoming depressed (the only cheering news was Labour's recent, much-awaited victory - I am amazed at how it quickened my blood, and I'm not even British). I find it depressing to get depressed. That's why I left Toronto for California. It's harder to be depressed when the sun shines every day and I can walk my three dogs by the ocean and in the mountains.

Two's fantasy

The bikini had its first outing of the summer last week at the balmy Sanctuary health club in London's Covent Garden. Glamorous models, including the voluptuous Sophie Dahl (pictured), donned the sheerest, sexy two-piece numbers to celebrate the launch of Agent Provocateur's new capsule range of bikinis. The models pole-danced and writhed on beds; one danced with an eight-foot python while another frolicked with a baby leopard.

Fashion: Oriental

Where would fashion designers be without Blade Runner, with its mix of old and new Japanese imagery, hard, glossy make-up and replicant punks? In fashion, as in film, the future looks Oriental, be it a cheongsam from Chinatown, or Imperial Blue lacquered nails. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Sandro Sodano
News
David Beckham
peopleFootballer joins No campaign
Sport
Angel Di Maria
Football
News
Piers Morgan tells Scots they might not have to suffer living on the same island as him if they vote ‘No’ to Scottish Independence
news
News
i100Exclusive interview with the British analyst who helped expose Bashar al-Assad's use of Sarin gas
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game
film
Arts and Entertainment
Rob James-Collier, who plays under-butler Thomas Barrow, admitted to suffering sleepless nights over the Series 5 script
tv'Thomas comes right up to the abyss', says the actor
News
newsIn short, yes
Sport
Angel Di Maria celebrates his first goal for Manchester United against QPR
Football4-0 victory is team's first win under new manager Louis van Gaal
News
Denny Miller in 1959 remake of Tarzan, the Ape Man
people
Arts and Entertainment
Cheryl despairs during the arena auditions
tvX Factor review: Drama as Cheryl and Simon spar over girl band

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona from £949pp
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro from £799pp
Provence from £599pp
Apulia, Lecce and Vieste – Undiscovered Italy from £899pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples from £759
Classical Spain from £539pp
Prices correct as of 12 September 2014
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week
The fall of Rome? Cash-strapped Italy accused of selling its soul to the highest bidder

The fall of Rome?

Italy's fears that corporate-sponsored restoration projects will lead to the Disneyfication of its cultural heritage
Glasgow girl made good

Glasgow girl made good

Kelly Macdonald was a waitress when she made Trainspotting. Now she’s taking Manhattan
Sequins ahoy as Strictly Come Dancing takes to the floor once more

Sequins ahoy as Strictly takes to the floor once more

Judy Murray, Frankie Bridge and co paired with dance partners
Wearable trainers and other sporty looks

Wearable trainers and other sporty looks

Alexander Wang pumps it up at New York Fashion Week
The landscape of my imagination

The landscape of my imagination

Author Kate Mosse on the place that taught her to tell stories