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Whether you go for micro minaudières or jumbo backpacks, featherlight heels or sturdy caterpillar soles, it’s all about polar opposites for the season’s extras. Rebecca Gonsalves compares and contrasts
Designer label Carlo Pazolini brings its vivid take on footwear classics to London this season, writes Rebecca Gonsalves
Whether it’s a night hitting the dance floor or a family wedding, the right bag can be the final flourish an outfit needs
Online fashion retailer Asos has withdrawn a batch of metal-studded belts from sale after they were found to be radioactive.
Kawaii, or a love of the adorable, is huge in Japan – and it’s big here too. Bless, says Will Coldwell
The hair/ make-up
Luxury brand Loewe celebrates the brighter side of life with a new limited-edition collection, says Rebecca Gonsalves
We can never have too many shoes and bags – and thanks to a new arrival in Britain, there are great new designs to choose from, says Emma Akbareian
Whether you favour colourful print or minimalist white, give your outfit a kiss of life with the hippest new finishing touches from the high street
(Clockwise from top) Striped tights, £15, emiliocavallini.com
Forget reheating coffee and nuking cold pasta. These hi-tech gadgets can do everything from stews to roast chicken...
The local Tesco is all out of Red Bull, strawberry laces and instant coffee. There’s a queue at the library help desk (this has never happened), and Facebook is nearing breakdown with a spike of activity. Welcome, exam season.
Forget what you thought you knew about the reptilian print – designers this season have given it a modern makeover. Get a wriggle on, says Gemma Hayward
Dancing to a South Korean pop song while pretending to be a horse was one of the more unusual, or rather, inexplicable hits of the past 12 months. Matthew Bell looks back over the year's crazes – from Gangnam Style to onesies, meggings, and filthy shades of grey...
Stuck for ideas this Christmas? All out of steam in the shops? Let The Independent's fashion team help out. Gemma Hayward and Lee Holmes select the best buys for budgets big and small