Main image: skull umbrella, £185, Liberty
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There's a futuristic alternative to a golden glow this season. Just don't think of it as a runner-up in the fashion stakes, says Gemma Hayward
It's an exciting new direction for the casually cult brand
Everyone loves an animal print.
Of all the festivals, it's at Cannes where the A-listers really show their style. Susannah Frankel on the red carpet triumphs and disasters
Chic shopping options, as selected by Grant Thatcher from <a target="new" href="http://www.luxecityguides.com">LUXE</a> City Guides
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.
Whether you're slobbing on the sofa or schmoozing the in-laws, it isn't just your tree that should be well-dressed this Christmas, says Harriet Walker
Its catwalk show is among the highlights of Paris Fashion Week
As Selfridges opens its new shoes galleries, styling manager Kirsty Attwood talks Carola Long through the best shoes and boots for the season's trends
While the stores are bursting with all-new autumn/winter 2010 designs, for those who attend the twice-yearly ready-to-wear collections, gathering momentum in London as I write, the issue is our personal wardrobe for the, er, spring/summer 2011 shows.
Since Alexander McQueen's death on 11 February this year, speculation has been rife as to who would have the requisite talent and insight to continue the designer's legacy – or even if the company would survive his loss.
From oversized coats to flattering tailoring, the Paris collections had accessible clothes – and flashes of truly imaginative brilliance. Susannah Frankel introduces the key themes
The final round of the autumn/winter collections was well under way at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, with shows from Balenciaga, Balmain, Rick Owens and Manish Arora. With many of the industry's most influential labels showing at the event, this is the place for the cream of the world's press and buyers to get a head start on the new season's trends.
The fashion world has descended on London – but the clothes on the catwalks are only part of the story. The hottest trends are backstage and on the street, writes Harriet Walker