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Prince George stayed in the warm as the Royal Family attended their traditional Christmas Day church service.

Shiny happy people: Putting on the glitz with sequins

Disco divas and cruise-ship crooners love sequins – and now fashion designers are putting on the glitz, too. Harriet Walker reports on the camp comeback

Pandora: A single serving for Mr Freud

Despite Lucian Freud's reputation as Britain's most celebrated portrait painter, the reclusive artist prefers to keep himself to himself. Still, diners at The Wolseley restaurant were surprised to see Freud eating alone at the chic Piccadilly eatery last week.

McQueen shuns celebrity culture as he opens in LA

You have to hand it to Alexander McQueen: the designer has cojones. On the eve of the opening of his flagship store on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles – and just when his contemporaries might be kowtowing to the city's celebrity-driven culture – he made clear that he was courting a less brash brand of clientele.

Hussein Chalayan: Kate Moss designing a collection is insulting

Hussein Chalayan's designs are embraced not only by the world of fashion, but by the art establishment too. Last year Andrew Graham-Dixon presented a documentary on his work for BBC2's Culture Show. "His work is as close to contemporary art as you can get," the esteemed critic argued, and anyone who has been privileged to witness the designer's breathtakingly original, high-concept womenswear presentations over the past 15 years will know just why.

Design: Where God is in the detail

A world away from plastic reproductions, beautiful plasterwork and cornicing is still being handmade by a few master craftsmen. Kate Watson-Smyth finds out what they can do for you

Ready To Wear: Wardrobe resolutions

It's that time again. And for those of us who have already given up smoking/drinking/eating (delete where applicable), some New Year resolutions aimed strictly at the wardrobe may be beneficial. First and foremost: embrace all things borrowed from nature. Should the mere idea of a floral-print dress for wear outside a meadow be unappealing, then spring/summer 2008 is not likely to be an easy season. Resistance is futile, fashion friends, as this is the single, most dominant trend. Embrace your inner flower-fairy. After all, if it's good enough for Miuccia Prada...

Our Man In Paris: Designs for winning

ORGANISERS OF the Paris 2012 Olympics bid have ordered matching outfits from Givenchy before an International Olympic Committee delegation tours the French capital next month. Women will wear trench coats and black and white trouser suits. Men will wear suits, with a lining wittily displaying the map of Paris.

Real Lives: Cashing in on your conscience

In adland, disabled people are suddenly 'sexy'. A cynical marketing ploy or an ethical stand, asks MEG CARTER

Fashion: Art of poise

Designs by the world's top couturiers (Treacy, McQueen and Westwood, to name but a few) can be seen in the contemporary fashion collection of the V&A. Now the museum is releasing the outfits from their static glass cases and sending them out on models in a live monthly catwalk show, just as they were meant to be seen.

Poor little rich boys

Give them a fortune, and they'll use it to mess up their lives. What's a parent to do, leave it to charity? Annoyingly enough, the casualties of wealth prove it's the only decent thing to do.

Fashion: Flights of fancy

Inspired by the adornments available in haberdashers - ribbons, mirrors, tapestry, fabric paints - these clothes may suggest DIY, but the effect is purely professional. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Robert Allen

Fashion: No big girl's blouse

This season, lace, chiffon and even frills needn't make you look girlie. Instead, wear these traditionally most feminine of fabrics with a whole heap of attitude. Styling by Lucy Ewing. Photographs by Robert Wyatt

Fashion: Brachian beacons

On the street: When London designers Brach and Brach host a night at The Well Hung Gallery, it's an event for the new glitter-arty. By Amy Jones

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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

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Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

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Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss