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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.

Face to watch: Tom Allen's light-entertainment prowess is being recognised on the small screen with two upcoming presenting gigs for E4

Agenda: Tom Allen; Manson; Ryan Gosling; Mazzy Star

Fashion: Now the shoe's on the other foot

Can anyone pull off artily artless dishevelment better than Emma Thompson?
Super Saint: Guly do Prado, left, proves the prime mover in Southampton's victory

Guly's genius finally breaks Coventry resolve

Coventry City 2 Southampton 4

Luke Blackall: Tea with the world's greatest soprano

Man About Town: Like Maria Callas, Gheorghiu has become as well-known for herself as for her roles

Suave operators: (from left to right) Sean Connery, Tom Ford and George Clooney are all masters of the grown-up casual look

Enter the silver shoppers

Step away from the untucked shirts and pointy shoes – when you reach 50, it's time for an image overhaul, says Oliver Horton. The good news is that it's easy to look grown-up and stylish

Dom Joly: The Mounties always get their phone call

I've finished my expedition to the glorious Okanagan Valley in British Columbia (Canada's California, apparently) investigating Ogopogo, the monster that is supposed to inhabit Lake Okanagan. Don't worry, I haven't gone all David Icke (yet) – this is for my new book, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, and the subject gives me an excuse to visit some pretty interesting parts of the world. Canada was probably a brave choice for a first destination as it is seen as literary Mogadon by publishers. Bill Bryson supposedly wanted to write a book about the country but his publishers recoiled in horror. I love the place – I have a Canadian wife and spend every summer there – and hope to convert as many Brits as possible to the land of the beaver.

You shall go to the ball: Three starlets are living the Cinderella story

The gowns, the glamour, the glitz and the glory. The only difference? There's no chance of them disappearing at midnight, says Harriet Walker

Letters: Libya after Gaddafi

The end of Gaddafi's regime bodes ill for Libya

Hitler's war boast exposed as a myth

Unpublished letters disprove claim that he was blinded in action by a British mustard gas attack

Window shopping: Tweed

The 'champagne of fabrics' is loved by fashion labels from Converse to Yves Saint Laurent. Now tweed is making a comeback in our living rooms

Ready To Wear: Forget sackcloth and go for gold

Gold. The colour of money, the Vatican's baroque grandeur, Spandau Ballet and shopping malls in Dubai. And the shade to parade this season.

From Paris, with love

Lace, pearls and chaste chiffon gave the spring collections a girlish lightness of touch, says Susannah Frankel

Ready To Wear: Why be so down on a rapper's debut on the catwalk?

The sight of front-row faces at Kanye West's debut show made it worth attending alone.

Susannah Frankel: 'The tabi boot has always frightened me'

Much is made in fashion of the 'heritage classic' – the Hermès Kelly or Birkin bag, the Burberry trenchcoat, the Gucci loafer and so forth. Never quite so conspicuous is the timeless piece of clothing and/or accessory that becomes inexorably linked to an avant-garde label. By its nature, this will never have quite the profile of its essentially bourgeois counterparts. Neither will it be so widely appreciated. And that, to the right fashion follower, at least, makes it all the more desirable.

Harriet Walker: The label will lose its cool if it continues to chase ubiquity

If fashion relies on cheques and balances, then Supergroup may well have tipped the scales. The recipe for cool is notoriously elusive, and the industry's alchemists spend thousands of hours and pounds trying to decant it, but it doesn't take much for a successful company to come tumbling down.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015