Scotch mist

It's 150 years since Mr Mackintosh invented the rainproof coat - and unwittingly started a fashion for not-so-practical imitations. The real thing is still made in Scotland, and Tamsin Blanchard looks at some of the best

herringbone heaven

Take the classic Miss Jean Brodie look, and transport it to the brash, modern, brightly-lit environment of a fashionable New York diner. The result? Designer tweed to die for

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There's a nip in the air, the first frost is threatening to bite and you remember your only winter coat (circa 1984) is falling to pieces. Time to hit the high street and check out what's on offer.

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For the new wave of Japanese students, London offers freedom, excitement... and second-hand clothes. For just one year, they can live out their sexual and sartorial fantasies, before going home to conformity. Just don't tell mum and dad. By TAmsin Blachar

Faster, stronger, tighter, brighter

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lessons in style for students of fashion

School's in for spring/summer: and, for once, students and grown- ups are taking a lesson from the teachers. Mix checks with stripes, tank tops with woolly ties - and add clear-lens glasses for that scholarly look

an eye on the new macs factor

This spring, it's going to be wet, wet, wet - but lightweight raincoats, from classics to fashion victims' favourites, will keep you warm and dry. Get ready for the macs of the day

It could be a record-breaking January sales season, with Harrods taking pounds 16,000 a minute on the first day. Rachel Halliburton joins the crowds

As sales shoppers swarm over stores like a plague of cash-happy locusts, it seems they cannot wait for Christmas to come again. Christmas cards are among the more surprising bargains stripped from this year's display of tempting reductions at Liberty in London.

Chirac refuses to play the game

BUNHILL

village of the damned good bargain

SHOPPING at Bicester Village is probably the nearest thing to pillage available in Oxfordshire today. A cutely "architect designed" cluster of shopping units outside the small town of the same name, Bicester is Britain's first upmarket American-style discount centre. Retailers sell off their surplus stock here at reduced prices; the majority of the outlets sell quality clothes. A trip here is a serious business requiring speed and ruthlessness. Because all the stock is surplus from regular high street and shopping-centre stores, supplies are limited. It's first come first served, and shoppers are well aware of it. Dithering in Monsoon over a feather-light lilac jumper in a spider-web knit (pounds 35.95 from pounds 65), one woman asked her friend if they should come back later. "Take it now!" snapped her friend. "If you come back later it might not be here."

Soaring, soaring Arsenal

Highbury fans used to spend summers quietly contemplating the prospect of another grim but probably successful season under George Graham. But since Bruce Rioch, Dennis Bergkamp and David Platt have arrived the uncertainty is glorious. Nick Hornby, the author of Fever Pitch, can't wait for the season to start

Free to do what they do best

The prize-winning design duo of Copperwheat and Blundell have overcome adversity and found what it takes to survive, writes Tamsin Blanchard

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