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Coach shares dived 7 per cent pre-market New York trading after the preppy retailer posted its third consecutive decline in sales in North America.

Ready To Wear: My sunshine wardrobe may be loose, but it's tightly edited

Is there such a thing – in this age of fast fashion – as a working wardrobe?

Ready To Wear: Pastels may be fit for a princess but they’re not quite real life

The dust has long settled on the gorgeous candy-coloured confections that took the summer catwalks by storm.

1. Team GB: £14.99, johnlewis.com - You’d be optimistic to turn up to the Games without some kind of protection from the elements. This Team GB golfing umbrella will shelter the Olympians this summer.

The 10 Best umbrellas

It might seem pessimistic, but investing in a brolly for summer is a good idea – pick a bright one to lift your spirits...

Ian Burrell: Buxton – the 'honest amateur' who has broken into the mainstream

Is the mainstream finally ready for Adam Buxton? Tonight he's nominated for two Sony awards with his long-time radio partner, Joe Cornish, and his touring showBug has finally been given its own television slot by Sky.

The Trench: A versatile classic for wet weather, warmer winters, cold springs and everything else in between. Burberry's version has become the benchmark, with its 156-year heritage and sturdy gabardine, cut to flatter any shape. £850, Burberry London, burberry.com

The capsule wardrobe: Fashion changes, these endure

The capsule wardrobe may sound complex – but it's a shopping strategy that will see you through hard times and last for years to come, says Harriet Walker

Louis Vuitton presents a platform trend during its show in Paris

I had eyes for one thing only (and it wasn't the clothes)

In a world dominated by anoraks, bobble hats, enamel badges and vacuum flasks, railways and fashion are not obvious partners. Most of us boys gave up finding trains sexy when we discovered girls. And most girls – of any age – have never found trains sexy at all.

Marc Jacobs: The shoes looked Pilgrimesque, apart from the rhinestone buckle and flowers; the calf-length skirts and A-line wool coats matronly were it not for psychedelic print. The construction of each ensemble was a triumph of the imagination at Marc Jacobs. Contained within the collection – leather and lace, print and sparkle, cropped, long and oversized.

Seven days of chic in New York

From supermodels to supernatural models, the New York shows brought with them structured sportswear and eclectic layering, says Agata Belcen

Christmas gift guide: Guaranteed to make her smile

Whether you want to blow the budget or mind the pennies, there's a stylish, sophisticated gift for the lady in your life

Autumn 2009: 'We made this dress out of Ikea tea towels for a Tim Walker shoot for British Vogue'

Girls, girls, girls: Ten years of Brit designer Peter Jensen

For 10 years, Peter Jensen has channelled the styles of off-beat muses from Tonya Harding to Sissy Spacek. Here, the British designer picks his favourite moments from a decade in fashion

Murray dispatched Roddick with ease

Andy Murray routs Andy Roddick at Paris Masters

World number three Andy Murray powered into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win over Andy Roddick.

Shock of the new: Yuja Wang was criticised for wearing a short, tight-fitting skirt at a recent recital

Why do critics get so hot under the collar when it comes to concert clothing?

Jessica Duchen says it's sartorial snobbery

Fears grow for Christmas sales as M&S warns of fierce discounting

A quarter of the bellwether stores' goods are on promotion
Anatoly Moskvin, the local historian was known to be interested in graveyards

Bodysnatcher dressed up 29 corpses

He was a local historian known for his interest in the dead and their resting places. But when Russian police investigating a spate of grave robberies raided the apartment Anatoly Moskvin shared with his elderly parents, they discovered he had been bringing his work home with him.

Ready To Wear: A designer link up for those who like their labels discreet

You can't beat a good collaboration, particularly when both sides are close to a fashion follower's heart.

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Calvin Klein has kept ahead of the market for fragrances. Shock, the latest offering, has notes of clementine and cucumber.

The 10 best new men's scents

Brand new blends and imaginative twists on time-honoured classics, there’s a scent out there for every man

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project