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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

Ian Burrell: Ensuring the comedy revolution will be televised on BBC3

Did you ever wonder what became of Heydon Prowse? He was the prankster who filmed the Conservative frontbencher Alan Duncan on the House of Commons terrace claiming at the time of the Westminster expenses scandal that MPs "have to live on rations and are treated like shit".

Can Topshop avoid a soaking in its ambitions over the pond?

Sir Philip Green is confident as he expands his Arcadia empire but many British firms have failed there before. James Thompson reports

Sir Philip with daughter Chloe and Kate Moss

His daughter in tow and not a toga in sight: is Sir Philip Green slowing down for his 60th?

Retail tycoon's party plans are a far cry from his half century

Sir Philip Green vows to help fashion hopefuls

Fashion tycoon Sir Philip Green has pledged to help more young people get ahead in the designing and manufacturing of clothes.

T-shirt design: Mary Katrantzou, £30, topshop.com

Topshop: A Decade Of Design

When London Fashion Week starts on Friday, Topshop will celebrate 10 years backing its brightest young stars, says Rebecca Gonsalves

We Love: Getting on Top -
Everyone loves a bit of Topshop in their life. The

The Fashion Audit: Topshop, Valentines Day, and Jason Wu for Target

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

Shoes chain Barratts sheds 1,600 workers

The wave of redundancies sweeping Britain's stricken high streets gathered pace yesterday as 1,600 staff were laid off at the shoe shop chain Barratts and the toy retailer Hawkin's Bazaar collapsed, with the potential loss of 380 jobs.

Barratts collapse to cost 1,600 jobs

Around 1,600 jobs are to go at shoe retailer Barratts Priceless after attempts to find a buyer for the concessions business failed, administrators said today.

Barratts and Priceless go under again

Barratts Priceless, the retail footwear group, has collapsed into administration again, to leave nearly 4,000 jobs hanging by a thread.

Fears for festive trading after high street sales sink

CBI says consumers are likely to remain cautious because of the uncertain economic climate

Fabulous Christmas gift ideas: Teen girl

Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…

Arcadia to shut 260 stores

Arcadia group is expected to shut around 260 stores over the next few years as store leases come up for renewal - but this does not include the number of shops which may be opened in due course.

Even Sir Philip Green is feeling the pinch

In a sign of just how tough conditions are on Britain's high streets, Sir Philip Green is expected to report this week that his retail empire has seen its profits slump by about a third.

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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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