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A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.

Fashion icon: Hadid and Lagerfeld combine

What do you get if you combine the starchitect Zaha Hadid and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld? A handbag-inspired portable pavilion, of course

Obama a fashion icon? Hardly, say his daughters

To the casual eye Barack Obama may look like one of the most polished political operators in a generation – but that's not what his children think. Malia, aged 10, and Sasha, seven, have cut loose on what they think of their dad's dress sense.

Balli Group plc - an apology

Contrary to the impression given by the headline to the Pandora column on 13 June, the Temporary Denial Order imposed by the US Department of Commerce on a number of companies including Balli Group plc does not relate to arms but to passenger airplanes. We accept that the matter has nothing whatsoever to do with arms and we apologise to them and to Lord Lamont for this error. Balli Group plc's position is that the decision to issue the Order was based on inaccurate information, it has instructed attorneys to appeal against the Order and is fully cooperating with the Department's enquiries. We will pay substantial damages which Balli Group plc are donating to the British Museum.

New blow to detention plan

Gordon Brown's efforts to persuade Labour MPs to back the 42-day detention of terrorist suspects without charge suffered a fresh blow after the plan was condemned as "fundamentally flawed" by a parliamentary committee.

Wear with flare: Prada sets the tone with brilliant bell-bottoms and sculpted sandals

Moody, n'est-ce pas? And well it might be. This, after all, is a straight-off-the-catwalk look courtesy of Miuccia Prada. Here's what she had to say backstage after her show in Milan last September, with regard to a fashion moment that is rather darker than might be expected, given that this is the summer season, traditionally a time of high spirits and blithe prints and colours to match: "This is the first time I've gone soft. There is nothing straight in this collection – like there is nothing straight in nature."

Carla la Magnifique? Susie Rushton says 'Non'

Sarkozy isn't the only one being made a fool of: the hysterical reaction to his trophy wife shames us all

The Long Delirious Burning Blue, By Sharon Blackie

Cat Munro, a corporate lawyer who can cope, she believes and is told, with anything, one day has a panic attack before she has to take a flight. She reassures herself that this is only because it is the wrong kind of plane . The truth is that, for all her vaunted sanity, she is deeply troubled. Her pristinely passionless life reveals itself to be a tourniquet around an old wound: the pain created by an abusive father and an alcoholic mother, Laura.

How an eccentric new film gave Richard Strange a summer he will never forget

Playing Abe Lincoln in an oddball film about retired impersonators inspired a new passion for harmony in Richard Strange

Agyness Deyn: The face of a generation

Tomboys aren't meant to become global style icons – especially if they hail from Lancashire. But Agyness Deyn has claimed Kate Moss's crown as the the most glamorous face in fashion. Deborah Orr gets under her skin

Kate Moss moves in – and fear of crime goes down

Of all the gifts Kate Moss has brought to her neighbours in north London – a rise in house prices, late-night partying, fading rockers – none has been welcomed as warmly as the latest: safer streets.

Robert Verkaik: Dispensing with your lawyer can prove costly

Few environments are more daunting than a courtroom packed with lawyers skilled in the dark arts of litigation – and few litigants-in-person are successful.

Being Alexa Chung: Television's hottest property

She is the girl of the moment and one of TV's fastest-rising young stars. She's beautiful, she's talented and her boyfriend's an Arctic Monkey. But what makes Alexa Chung tick? She talks to Deborah Ross about style, celebrity and, er, the joy of reading Sophocles

The Sketch: Normal folk don't talk like this

At the words, "he is also the minister for digital inclusion" there was a great shout of laughter from Tories, the Lib Dems, the gallery and the world at large. How could it be otherwise? When MPs are being exposed for having their fingers in the pie, it now appears there is a minister to protect their interests, "pay tribute to their efforts" and "celebrate their achievements".

Luxury: How to sleep with Mr Armani

"Mr Armani will be here any minute... I think I can hear him," whispers one member of the immaculately Armani-suited Swat team of PR people, translators and personal assistants nervously straining their ears towards the door of the Italian fashion designer's private office at the heart of the Armani empire in Milan.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project