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Reality stars: Fashion comes down to earth

Even Paris designers have had to come right down to earth. And next season that means giving women what they really want: modern, sexy, wearable designs. Carola Long reports

Dress Code: Vivia Ferragamo, designer

What are you wearing right now?

Nike tracksuit trousers and an American Apparel T-shirt – I'm at home working on my computer.

Vive la mode! Balenciaga glams up for Paris

Seriously luxe, undeniably cool, Nicolas Ghesquière manages it season after season for Balenciaga. The label's autumn/winter collection, which opened Paris Fashion Week yesterday, combined decadent fabrics with the kind of modern, sexy shapes pursued by Ghesquière's hip devotees.

The wrong trousers? How strides got a makeover

Strides have been given an extreme makeover for spring. Our style experts give their verdicts on whether this trend's got legs in the real world

Your hit list of wardrobe staples

When the going gets tough, the tough still go shopping, but they invest in wardrobe staples that will look good for years to come, says Carola Long

Ready to wear: The Dior shoes sure give new meaning to the concept of ‘shoes to have sex in’

Fashion's preoccupation with footwear that is bizarre to the point of madness continues to gather momentum.

The party dress code

Preparing for the season of celebration? Choose a style that suits both you and the occasion, says Carola Long

Little black magic: Return of the little black dress

The LBD is always a winner in the fashion stakes, and Balenciaga's take on it, although inspired by Fifties film-noir heroines, couldn't be more now, says Susannah Frankel

Ready to Wear: For Ghesquière, latex is noble because it comes from trees – it’s a natural texture

Latex might not be most obviously elevated of materials ever to have inhabited the fashion firmament, but it is currently enjoying something of a moment, nonetheless.

The colours of money: Designers fight credit crunch gloom in Paris

On the Paris catwalks, designers turned to fantasy and even humour for an uplifting antidote to hard times. And the effect was exhilarating, writes Susannah Frankel

Eclectic dreams: From the exotic to the bucolic, London's designers forecast a brighter, prettier spring

It should come as no great surprise that, just as a look that Vogue recently described as "the new austere" finally arrives in store, an entirely new mood emerges. And so, for spring/summer 2009, all that is strict, dark and distressed looks set to be supplanted by clothing that is just the reverse: exotic in places, bucolic in others, and owing more than a little to haute couture, if with a touch of utilitarian grounding, vintage Helmut Lang-style, to toughen things up a little.

Trinny and Susannah slide out of fashion

They were queens of the makeover show, and a generation of women trusted their style advice. So what caused Trinny and Susannah's crowns to slip?

That 'je ne sais quoi': How French actresses trounce everyone in the style stakes

When the French actress Marion Cotillard swiped the Bafta for Best Actress from under the noses of Keira Knightley and Julie Christie, she not only trounced them on the big screen, but also on the red carpet. The star of the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, Cotillard looked radiant in short, sequined Chanel, making everyone else seem stuffy, including a rigid, pouting, Dior-clad Knightley.

Fashion special: Pretty in pink for summer

From rosy lips to rainbow eyes, from tousled manes to centre partings, an array of diverse looks lit up the catwalks Bethan Cole reports on the latest summer beauty trends
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