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Gaultier curries favour with an Indian-inspired feast

Jean Paul Gaultier isn't known for being a wallflower. That may be the reason he shunned this week's obsession with flora and fauna and looked to a spicier inspiration for his couture collection shown in Paris.

Big issue: Sharon Rooney as troubled teen Rae Earl, in My Mad Fat Diary

TV review: My Mad Fat Diary - Whoever said that fat was funny?

If you like 'Skins', says E4, you'll like this teen memoir. Hmm. But C4's new drama is a dazzler

#EbayYellowSkaterDress: Woman accidentally posts nearly naked photo of herself on eBay

There you are, trying to get that clear shot of a dress so it's best displayed on eBay, tempting potential buyers to bid.

Snake, rattle and roll: Reptilian print is back and slithering down the catwalk

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

Five-minute memoir: Jenn Ashworth recalls the day of her full-immersion baptism

My mum, in consultation with our bishop, decided to postpone my baptism until after I got home from Brownie camp. Mormons like to baptise their children as soon as possible after their eighth birthday, which is when they start to become accountable for all their wrongdoings. I'm a mid-August baby and my baptismal certificate is dated 9 September, 1990. I remember mum telling her friends (I wonder why she was asked?) that the postponement was to do with her wanting to make sure that the excitement about Brownie camp was "out of my system" before the baptism.

The Fashion Audit: Selfridges Quiet Room, a new “wonder” bra and Victoria Beckham

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

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The shape of things to come

Even if you've over-indulged of late, modern shape-wear will ensure you don't feel trussed up like a turkey, says Emma Akbareian

Made in Chelsea episode ten: Mark Francis's 50s glamour party

Binky regrets sleeping with Andy, Jamie gets in everyone's way and Francis finds out Sophia and Proudlock have split up

Rats’ Tales, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Manchester has become a rich beneficiary of Carol Ann Duffy’s powers of retelling old stories. It’s five years since The Manchester Carols premiered in the city, and the Poet Laureate’s latest collaboration with director Melly Still offers us a reminder of the simple wonders of a tale well told – without characterisation, without Disneyfication, devoid of time and context. 

Perfect Christmas gifts for women? Why we men are rubbish

The fact is, men don't tend to remember things like dates or sizes.

Kweku Adoboli outside Southwark Crown Court yesterday

The downfall of UBS trader Kweku Adoboli is another morality tale from the City. But have we learnt anything from the Great Crash?

We ought to have spurned the grabby ethic of the City - but did the opposite

One of the Crazy Horse burlesque dancers models the range

Underneath it all: Crazy Horse inspired intimates

Designer Marios Schwab has joined up with Asos to create a new line of intimates

Boys and bras have a place in the Girl Guides

That the new chief executive of Girlguiding UK is willing to talk about sex can only be a good thing for the future of the organisation

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Desmond Barrit was a magnificent Falstaff for the RSC back in 2000 when Michael Attenborough staged the two parts of Henry IV and he garnered yet more rapturous raves when he reprised the role for Peter Hall last year in Bath. 

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