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The head of Channel 4 has apologised after it emerged an art director requested pictures of “a very young girl pretending to be a bride” and of a “dirty kiss... with tongue” for an advertising campaign for Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

Ellie Goulding, Roundhouse, London

Wearing a baggy cagoule, apparently fashioned from a bin bag, paired with black pvc shorts, Ellie Goulding takes the stage in the first gig of a tour to promote her new album, Halcyon.

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Russian woman kills elderly neighbour with bra

A woman has strangled her elderly neighbour with her bra, Russian investigators said today.

 

Madonna urges Russia to free Pussy Riot at Moscow concert

Madonna has expressed her support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a black ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back.

Katy Guest: Why don't men take a stand against wearing a tie?

The recent photograph of the four ex-prime ministers meeting the Queen showed a particular example of the British idea of dressing for summer. With the slight exception of Tony Blair, in a midnight-blue tailor-made number, the men wore ill-fitting black suits and shoes, with their hair slicked and their ties done up tightly. As temperatures reached an annual record high, even the Queen left behind her usual ugly, square coat-dress, and instead wore an ugly, square jacket with white gloves and a swingy skirt. But the men dressed exactly the same as if it had been -5C outside.

Madonna, Hyde Park, London / Wanda Jackson, Islington Assembly Hall, London

At 53, the queen of pop has set her sights on retaining her crown from young pretenders ‑ but in truth, it's all starting to feel like hard work

Austria: Medieval bras rewrite history

Four medieval bras have been found among textiles excavated from a castle, confounding conventional wisdom that bras did not exist before the 19th century.

Sexualised adverts still targeted at children, says Chartered Institute of Marketing

Businesses are still bombarding children with sexualised and commercial messages despite Government-sponsored efforts to highlight and stop the practice, according to the marketing industry's own professional body.

An exposed strap is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas

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As the sun makes a rare and somewhat bashful appearance, so too will bra straps across the land as clothes inevitably become flimsier and gauzier. The flagrant flashing of one's unmentionables may send the more traditionally mannered into a tizzy, but as long as the bits of your foundation garment that are on show aren't the colour of discarded chewing gum, an exposed strap here or there is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas.

Sweeney says: 'I wanted to be a nun until I discovered disco dancing'

My Secret Life: Claire Sweeney, 41, actress

My parents were... great role models, especially my mum – she was my best friend. My dad really helped push my career, to the extent of taking me to gigs in the back of his meat van.

Raise a glass to Gaultier

It's been quite a week for top jobs in fashion. After six months of speculation, Hedi Slimane's appointment as Yves Saint Laurent's new designer, replacing Stefano Pilati, was announced during Paris Fashion Week.

Lace top, £1,110, by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 5 Portobello Green, London W10, 020-8968 1542; silk skirt, £927, by Rochas, from Joseph, 16 Sloane St, London SW1, 020-7235 1991; earrings (worn throughout), £320, by Prada, 16-18 Old Bond St, London W1, 020-7647 5000

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