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iStyle: Frill seekers

Forget Flamenco, this season those ruffles have been given a modern makeover, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Alexander Fury: A bit threadbare? You must be British royalty

In the eighteenth century, the great British export was style. French aristocrats saw Britain as a land of freedom and adopted our stout, hardy wool and tweed country squire attire as a badge of allegiance to the Rousseau-ean rusticity and democracy embodied here.

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It's an exciting new direction for the casually cult brand

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Dressing table: Spring scents

The futuristic design on this bottle is in keeping with Balenciaga's stylish aesthetic. So chic, you will keep it long after the scent is finished.

Ready To Wear: Fashion shows are becoming ever-more exclusive affairs

The new collections are currently in full flow and if, in recent times, the overriding rule has been to eschew intimacy in favour of high-profile, blockbuster presentation – generating as much publicity as possible being fashion's Holy Grail – that may be about to change.

Return of the mac – as a fashion icon

Conceived almost 200 years ago by a Glasgow chemist with an interest in rubber and turned into a fashion icon by stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Steve McQueen, the Mackintosh became the venerable British brand that lost its way. Next week, it seals a remarkable comeback with its first stand-alone store.