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The brightest fashion trends for spring 2010

The style industry hasn't had a good recession so far – and yet the demand for fresh design remains as intense as ever. Introducing 15 new trends for spring 2010, Susannah Frankel explains why the fashion fightback starts here

Dress Code: Louise Redknapp, TV Presenter

What are you wearing right now?

Golden Goose boots, a vintage checked shirt, stonewash jeans by J Brand and a new underwear set from Triumph called Daisy Desire – I've just discovered it, and it gives me wonderful shape and support.

Ready to Wear: Boot-cut jeans are nothing more than a lazy, middle-of-the-road look

Ubiquity could arguably be fashion's ultimate goal. At its most banal the industry's purpose is to sell clothes, after all. More loftily, changing our perceptions of dress, particularly on a grand scale, is the sartorial Holy Grail.

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What is power dressing?

Key looks for autumn/winter 2009 according to Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Balmain and Balenciaga

Ready to Wear: A mid-heel is very much in evidence for the forthcoming season

Paris in the rain. Not that the inclement weather did much to dampen the fashion followers' penchant for wearing elaborate and ever more vertiginous footwear. That's the kind that looks like strangely futuristic vehicles as opposed to anything as pragmatic as a humble shoe, and that is guaranteed to attract strange glances on the school run.

Thigh-highs get a reboot

Sex on legs? Not necessarily. This season's hot footwear trend comes in shapes and guises from suede to flat to embroidered to biker. Anything, in fact, but black PVC

Carola Long: 'Black leather dress to a conservative christening? Hey, why not?'

With la rentree and a new batch of trends comes the biannual hope of radical reinvention. A new fashion horizon unfolds, and all that stands between one's tired old wardrobe and French Vogue-ishness is dropping a few hundred quid on a jacket with massive shoulders, something leather, perhaps some textured knits.

Join the boot camp: The ultimate guide to the season's hottest trend

Thigh-length, shoe-boots, waders – find the perfect pair and autumn dressing is a walk in the park. Carola Long introduces our definitive guide to a style that's got legs

Ready to Wear: Is it fair to lambast such an innovative designer in this way?

The exposure of even the most rarefied fashion via the internet is responsible for many things – good and bad.

Ready to Wear: On the catwalk shorts are high on the agenda – and on the thigh

Driving around London in a heatwave has never been the most aesthetically pleasing of experiences. Say what you will about the perpetually tanned southern Europeans but, for the most part, they can show us Brits a thing or two about how to dress in the sunshine.

Leader of the pack: Emma Cook

Emma Cook’s vision and originality is more than a match for the bigger fashion brands. The British design sensation talks to Susannah Frankel about the joys of creativity, the perils of commerce – and why she finds inspiration at the circus

Cannes 2009: Fun in the sun

Who's striking the deals? Which movies will wow the jury? And which stars will send the paparazzi into a frenzy? Our team on the Croisette presents everything you need to know about the world's glitziest film festival

Ready to Wear: When the going gets tough, the tough tout gold

Fashion is nothing if not a wilfully contrary beast, so it should come as no great surprise that gold is the colour of the spring/summer season. Yes, when the going get tough, the tough tout gold and, recession or no recession, verily it is a gorgeous thing to behold.

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