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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

Blouse £39, Never Fully Dressed, neverfullydressed.co.uk; shorts £66, Finders Keepers, zalando.co.uk; necklace £10, Freedom, topshop.co.uk; sandals £89, Nine West, ninewest.co.uk

Get into the groove with Seventies style

As the mercury begins to rise, keep cool this summer in languid Seventies style

blazer £85, Wallis

Grown-up glam

A new capsule collection from Wallis offers superior cuts and fabrics for a smart take on summer chic, says Emma Akbareian

The 10 Best high-street handbags

It’s easy to update your accessories when beautiful styles like these are available at prices to suit modest budgets

British teens 'think Delia Smith, Jerry Hall and Camilla were Henry VIII's wives'

Survey lays bare shocking state of British youths' general knowledge

The 10 Best spring eye shadows

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Exterior view during the Topshop Topman LA Grand Opening at The Grove on 14 February in Los Angeles, California

Green hails LA Topshop while he eyes Dreams

Sir Philip Green has boasted of "fantastic" trading at the combined Topshop and Topman flagship in Los Angeles over its first weekend, as it emerged the billionaire is considering acquiring the beds retailer Dreams.

Top bags to tote your campus wares

Student fashion inamorata Alice Tate picks her favourite bags to keep you looking fresh in your seminars

Supermarkets circle empty HMV shops

Iceland, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons have all submitted bids for HMV stores that are the right size to be run as supermarkets.

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Hard as nails

The trend for daring talons is clawing out an extreme new niche. And it's putting all sorts of unusual effects to use, says Harriet Walker

Wild and woolly: Pretty jumpers for Spring that you can wear right now...

Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward

Wild and woolly: Pretty jumpers for Spring that you can wear right now...

Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward

£37.50, marksandspencer.com

The shape of things to come

Even if you've over-indulged of late, modern shape-wear will ensure you don't feel trussed up like a turkey, says Emma Akbareian

The perfect gift for the beauty-obsessed

Paint away those winter blues

Those struggling to find a gift for the beauty-obsessed in their life still have plenty of time to nip to the high street for a gift set or two. Where hampers are rather an ostentatious gift more style than substance, the beauty equivalent often represents true value.

Anthony Hilton: Green's new partnership could go with a bang

I was too optimistic recently in saying next year would be a bigger challenge for retailers than this one, because this week Stead & Simpson announced the closure of 90 of its 227 stores, and then came news HMV was also in dire straits.

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