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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Armed and ready: Coat £59, marksandspencer.com

Style File: Nothing up your sleeve

Free your arms and give sleeves the chop with this season’s new take on outerwear, says Emma Akbareian

Printed matters: Model wears leather jacket £2,700, leather overalls £1,900; Acne @ Liberty, available now from Liberty, Regent Street, London W1, liberty.co.uk

Style File: Taking Liberty

A hook-up with the Swedish brand Acne is bringing London’s offbeat department store up to date, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Model wears: t-shirt £100, skirt with braces £165; Claudie Pierlot, claudiepierlot.com

Style File: Paris match

The French invasion of the premium high street continues thanks to Claudie Pierlot, but this is no young pretender, says Emma Akbareian

Model wears: trousers £39.50, jumper £39.50, bag £29.50, shoes £25, all Limited Edition, marksandspencer.com

Style File: True colours

Get in primary position this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The designers Christopher de Vos (left) and Peter Pilotto

Style File: Pretty in print

Peter Pilotto’s multicoloured universe of print is a London Fashion Week highlight. Now, with a collaboration for the mass-retailer Target, they have their sights set on dressing the world, says Alexander Fury

Life in full colour: Model wears: jacket £125, shirt £40, shorts £45, all John Lewis & Co, johnlewis.com

Style File: It’s a collector’s market for colour

The future looks bright for John Lewis, thanks to the spring offering from its successful menswear label, says Lee  Holmes

Jonny Benjamin (left) and Neil Laybourn meet after Mr Benjamin launched a campaign to find the stranger who stopped him from taking his life in 2008.

Find Mike campaigner reunited with the stranger who stopped him from taking his life

Now a mental health campaigner, Jonny Benjamin wanted to find the stranger so he could thank him

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Style File: Domestic goddess (in Agent Provocateur)

Agent Provocateur has teamed up with photographer Miles Aldridge to shoot its latest lingerie collection, writes Rebecca  Gonsalves

ban would only affect England

Lords vote to ban motorists from smoking in cars carrying children

Health campaigners say ban could protect nearly half a million children who are exposed second-hand smoke every week

Representative Michael Grimm has defended his actions after he told a US cable TV reporter that he would

Michael Grimm defends threatening to 'break' a reporter and throw him from a balcony after State of the Union address

Mr Grimm told reporter: 'I'll break you in half. Like a boy'

Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Apologise for way Thatcher treated miners during strikes, Labour tells Government

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

Judge Ross Duggan ordered a woman to stop an online 'campaign' against a court’s decision to take her two-year-old granddaughter into care.

Woman ordered to stop posting images of two-year-old granddaughter in Facebook 'campaign' after she was taken into care

Judge rules grandmother’s actions were undermining the child’s right to privacy

Flag day: Jeremy Paxman presents BBC1's 'Britain's Great War'

Britain's Great War (BBC1), TV review: 'Memories from the home front humanise Paxman's war story'

When Jeremy Paxman stood on Westminster Bridge and recounted the events of 4 August, 1914, just the familiar authoritative tone of his voice made 100 years ago feel like today. He could have been reading the headlines on Newsnight.

A tractor sits in flood water still present in fields on the Somerset Levels near Langport in Somerset

'Major incident' declared in Somerset amid fears of further floods

Some villages cut off by floodwater by almost a month

Brian O’Driscoll is expected to be unflustered by the attention centred on his last Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Brian O'Driscoll's final bow won't sway focus, claims Joe Schmidt

Brian O'Driscoll was the beating emotional heart of the Lions party in Wallaby country last summer and when the great Ireland centre was dropped for the final Test, thousands upon thousands of rugby followers went into sporting seizure. Many did not forgive Warren Gatland, the coach who made the bravest of brave calls, even when the tourists won in Sydney and completed a first series triumph in 16 years.

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