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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

Gap is in trouble after releasing a T-shirt with the slogan “Manifest Destiny”, a term associated with the belief that white Americans were entitled to expand across the Native Americans’ land

Terrible tees and the fools who make them

Gap is in trouble after releasing a T-shirt with the slogan "Manifest Destiny", a term associated with the belief that white Americans were entitled to expand across the Native Americans' land. Not clever, but Gap isn't alone in T-shirt insensitivity.

The 10 Best high-street handbags

Carry the latest trend on your arm day or night with this selection of bags - the only difficulty will be choosing just one

Life in bright colour

Louise Gray is known for her rainbow-hued designs – and her new line for Topshop is bright on trend

Buckling the trend

One, two, buckle your shoe: this season monk-strapped footwear isn't just for men. ,

Kim Kardashian is unlikely to be embraced by the world of high fashion

Fashion: Can Kim Kardashian's klothing konvince?

"Does Kim Kardashian belong on the cover of a fashion magazine?" asks this week's New York magazine, next to a close-up of the perennially pouting reality-television star.

High-street heroes: velvet jeans £35, embellished jacket £70, box bag £30

River Island heads across the pond

After reports last week that the great British export will expand to the US, Harriet Walker discovers more about a brand that's thriving

Topshop and Topman expand into Nordstrom's US department stores

Sir Philip Green, owner of the retail group Arcadia, is to launch his Topshop and Topman brands into US department stores.

Fast fashion slows down: slip dress, £42

Fast fashion slows down: Less damaging designs on the high street

Topshop's use of waste fabric to make highly desirable clothes could pave the way for less damaging designs on the high street, says Rebecca Gonsalves

UK Uncut plan anti-cuts 'street party' demonstrations

Anti-cuts activists plan to block roads and hold street parties this weekend as part of a campaign to promote alternatives to austerity.

1. Team GB: £14.99, johnlewis.com - You’d be optimistic to turn up to the Games without some kind of protection from the elements. This Team GB golfing umbrella will shelter the Olympians this summer.

The 10 Best umbrellas

It might seem pessimistic, but investing in a brolly for summer is a good idea – pick a bright one to lift your spirits...

Harriet Walker rises to the challenge

The height of fashion: Chloe Green follows in her famous father's footsteps

Harriet Walker tries the new shoes designed by Topshop mogul's daughter

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Supersized lenses and a delicate frame ensure that the Harry Potter and John Lennon references won't fly. The sepia tint makes everything pleasingly lo-fi too.

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The 10 Best high-street sunglasses

Keep a pair of well-priced shades on hand for those rare occasions when the sun peeks out from behind the clouds

Print Dress, £354, by Milly, from Harrods, 87 Brompton Road , London SW1, 0870 070 0191; sunglasses, £119, by Boss Orange, 01423 520 303; red bangle, £12.50, by Freedom at Topshop, 01277 844476; red small bangle, £45, and striped bangle, £45, both by Pebble London, pebblelondon.com; red square bangle; £15, by Angie Gooderham, from ASOS, asos.com; brass ring, £18, by Made, made.uk.com, 020-7258 9690; Faceted Oval & Rectangle Gemstone Ring, £125, by Kara by Kara Ross, from Harvey Nichols, 109 Knightsbridge, London SW1, 020-7201 8538, kararossny.com

Scenes of a graphic nature: Print and pattern go wild this spring

Styling: Sophie Kenningham

Free as a bird: Blazer, £34.99, mango.com; shirt, £50,Design By, missselfridge.com; shorts, £17.99, mango.com; Racy sunglasses £277, by Oliver Peoples, from Adam Simmonds, 020 7813 1234; mini plastic backpack, £25, topshop.com; court shoes, £39.99, zara.com

Cool of the wild: Flora and fauna prints are flourishing

From subtle florals to a touch of the tropics, the best way to spring into life this season is to welcome the natural world into your wardrobe.

Deborah Ross: The only words you'll ever need for the mum you really resent

If you ask me: Any time I need you, Mum/I know that you'll be there/With much advice of the critical kind/And a remark about my hair

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

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