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Stand out from the crowd and channel The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey for party season with  Miss Selfridge’s new collection of vintage-inspired flapper dresses, says Emma Akbareian

Buried treasure: The best gold cuff bracelets to set off that summer tan

(Clockwise from top) 1. Mayan Powder bracelet, £290, bexrox.com

If you don’t live in a warehouse but hanker after the concrete walls this faux concrete wall mural might be just what you need. Surface View Concrete III mural, from £35/sq metre, <a>surfaceview.co.uk</a>

iStyle: Hard and fast, concrete design

The quickest way to update your home is to add concrete to the mix, and from lamps to flooring, the high street has it covered. By Trish Lorenz

Hit the heights: Fall head over heels for these eye-popping stilletos

1. Red pointed-toe shoes, £59.99, zara.com

Getting shirty: Rihanna won a legal battle against Topshop over the unauthorised use of her face on a T-shirt

Rihanna victorious over Topshop in T-shirts face-off

The singer Rihanna won her legal battle with billionaire businessman Philip Green when the High Court ruled that Topshop had duped customers into buying unauthorised T-shirts bearing her image.

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Rihanna takes legal action against Topshop for using her image on T-shirts

T-shirts bearing the singers image were on display at London's High Court

In the eye of the beholder: beauty looks for this summer

A delicate glow or all-out glamour, there’s a beauty look for everyone this summer, says Rebecca Gonsalves

I'm almost ashamed to admit it... but I am really enjoying my dissertation

It's breathtakingly uncool to admit it - but dissertations shouldn't have to be a massive chore. Shouldn't you, gasp, be interested in yours?

Bob Geldof, right, and Nicky Haslam

Nicky Haslam, renaissance man: The interior designer has released an album... and it's a 'strangely wonderful thing'

Nicky Haslam is a man unafraid to wear a number of hats (figurative and literal, that is). But the 73-year-old’s latest venture just might be his strangest yet. The interior designer (full name: Nicholas Ponsonby Haslam), who also includes socialite, artist, book reviewer, art editor, cabaret singer, memoirist and literary editor in his list of achievements – he really does, it’s on his website – has just put out an album.

Billionaire Topshop owner plans global push for Arcadia

Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire is to massively step up its international expansion, stretching as far afield as Azerbaijan and Chile.

Dresses to impress this summer

Whether you're looking for vibrant prints or minimalist white, there's a frock to suit all styles this summer, says Emma Akbareian

Sir Philip Green the owner of Topshop and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun Mei cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the new Topshop store (Getty Images)

Road to Hong Kong: Topshop expands in the East

Sir Philip Green’s Topshop today took a major step on its journey to become a truly global brand by opening its first store in China.

we love... Swimming in style: Topshop is no stranger to collaborations and this summer it has brought on board luxury swimwear label Pistol Panties, famed for its retro take on swimming togs. The mini collection includes statement one-pieces and bikinis for those who like their beachwear bold. From £59, topshop.com
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