Ban on 'too sexy' Ann Summers radio ad

A hallowe'en radio ad for the lingerie retailer Ann Summers has been banned for being likely to offend listeners, a broadcasting regulator said yesterday.

Asda apologises after girls' bras found on sale



Asda apologised today for selling the same girls' bras it pledged to remove from stores six months ago.

Harriet Walker: 'Now it's men versus women in the battle of the bulge'

Fashion is preoccupied this season with specific anatomical hugeness. With hourglass shapes at Prada and Louis Vuitton, not to mention Christina Hendricks' busty ubiquity, we are told that boobs are back. They never went away, I hear the blokes cry – maybe not in your realm, but I imagine we read quite different magazines.

Michelle Mone goes from model to boss back to model

The creator of the Ultimo bra will be fronting her own marketing campaign

The Bargain Hunter: B&Q's knock-down prices

Home renovation can be pretty costly, so it always pays to check out the deals at B&Q before splashing out elsewhere. The DIY store's top discounts are currently found in the plumbing and heating departments, where everything from boilers to designer fire places has been reduced by up to 20 per cent. Visit http://ind.pn/b9OLYV for the full range of discounts and enter the code SEPTPH20 while purchasing.

Stewardess jailed for smuggling cocaine in bra

A flight attendant who tried to smuggle cocaine into the UK by hiding it in her bra and knickers was jailed today for seven years.

48 Hours In: Verona

Autumn is the perfect time to make the most of this Italian city's al fresco cafés, Roman architecture and Shakespearean sights

Carola Long: Joan Holloway and the ‘Mad Men’ effect remind us that cleavage is a better accessory than an ‘it’ bag'

Absurd fashion news flash No 99: breasts are back. Yes folks, even a part of one's body that can only be altered through dramatic changes in weight or surgery isn't immune to the trend mill. At the Prada show, the emphasis was firmly on the décolletage, as full-skirted, Fifties dresses with rows of mini ruffles at the bust were modelled by Victoria's Secret models with the requisite curves to show them off. Meanwhile at Louis Vuitton, Elle 'The Body' MacPherson (below) and Laetitia Casta wore dresses with New-Look style skirts, and structured bodices with moulded cups that, well, overflowed. Call it the 'Mad Men' effect, as the cantilevered charms of Joan Holloway remind everyone that cleavage is a better accessory than an 'it' bag.

Adverts for sex worker banned

Ministers are to ban Jobcentres from advertising for strippers, lap dancers and topless barmaids. The Employment minister, Chris Grayling, will tomorrow order government-run agencies not to offer jobs in the adult entertainment industry, after campaigners claimed that such ads validate the idea that "sexually exploitative work is an acceptable career".

Primark poaches Matalan director

The discount fashion retailer Primark has poached a director from rival Matalan to the strategically important role of chief operating officer.

La Senza back in black after closing branches

The lingerie chain La Senza has bounced back into profit following the company's drive to reduce costs and sell more of its products at full price.

M&S defends its executive pay as UK sales surge in first quarter

Sir Stuart Rose, the chairman of Marks & Spencer, boasted yesterday that its resolution on executive pay would be passed by investors at its annual meeting next week, after the retailer reported that clothing sales had soared ahead of expectations.

N Brown buys Figleaves lingerie firm for £11.5m

The home shopping group N Brown has acquired the online lingerie specialist Figleaves for £11.5m to reinforce its market-leading position selling underwear on the internet.

My Secret Life: Elle Macpherson, model & businesswoman, 47

My parents were ... very young when they had me. My mum was 16 and my dad was in his early twenties.

No More Heroes 2
undies – total pants?

Yesterday saw the launch of ‘No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle’ for the Wii. But what to wear while playing this manga-tastic assassin fest?

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness