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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

Sugar plum: dresses for party season

Forget the LBD. This winter, party dresses are purple-hued and sparkly

Sir Philip at Topshop's flagship Oxford Street store with model Kate Moss

Topshop and Topman valued at £2bn as Sir Philip Green sells 25% stake

Topshop and Topman were today valued at a staggering £2 billion after retail tycoon Sir Philip Green sold a 25 per cent stake in the fashion brands.

Get your coat: Make a fashion statement with your winter warmer

If you splash out on one thing for yourself before Christmas,  make it a winter warmer

The best Christmas gifts for the teen queen

Main image: sunglasses, £150, Henry Holland; watermelon necklace, £85, Browns; frame, £5, John Lewis

The Fashion Audit: Blushing bridal, loaning polish, a charm of its own and shop till you drop

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Twinkle, twinkle: How to shine like a little star this Christmas party season

From top, clockwise: Extra dimension skinfinish in superb £21.50, MAC, available nationwide

The next generation hits the high street

Menswear favourite Burton mixes things up by taking on a new student designer. Rebecca Gonsalves reports

Clockwise from left: 1. Black boots with brown top £150, dune.co.uk; 2. Suede and leather boots£345, Russell and Bromley, 020 7629 6903; 3. Black leather boots £190, cosstores.com; 4. Suede foldover boots £100, asos.com; 5. Studded heel boots £110, topshop.co.uk

Fill your boots

Stock up on fitting footwear to fend off the chills

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Can the Kardashians sex up Dorothy Perkins? Fashion chain dragged into the 21st century by Kim and Kourtney

One is the grande dame of the high street, a reliable mainstay of the retail world that first opened its doors in 1909. The other is a family whose international fame began in 2007 when one of its members was featured in one of the most successful sex tapes of all time.

Khloe wears dress £45, Kim wears dress £40, Kourtney wears jacket £50, trousers £38, all Kardashian Kollection, available from tomorrow, dorothyperkins.com

It's a family affair: The Kardashian Kollection has arrived

You may not be reality-TV royalty but you can dress like it, as the Kardashian Kollection arrives on our shores, says Gemma Hayward

Corporations Facebook, Apple and Starbucks manage to avoid taxes
Face to watch: Luke Pasqualino gets his cinematic break this week in teen werewolf comedy Love Bite
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own