News The former first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

The former first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is threatening legal action after an online petition asked her to repay nearly €410,000 (£354,000) used to fund her website while her husband was President.

From Hawaii to Harvard: the reality of the American Dream

Americans love politicians with a compelling life-story, and nobody has a better one than Barack Obama. For all his relative youth and inexperience, the first-term Illinois senator has singularly powerful political attributes.

Why Are They Famous: Luciana Morad

Main claim

Jaggers settle on annulled marriage

MICK JAGGER and Jerry Hall reached what their legal minders called an amicable settlement in their pounds 30m divorce case yesterday, sparing themselves an expensive, bitter and potentially embarrassing court battle.

No Sunshine for those who suck up

BILL CLINTON sloped off to Virginia on Thursday to talk about community policing, a subject more congenial than the allegations of perjury and adultery currently being aired before the Senate.

Bits And Bobs

SHE'S A ONE

Fashion: The survival of the quirkiest

Storm, the agencywhich `discovered' Kate Moss, is best known for signing unusual-looking models that the rest of the industry might ignore. Ten years after its founding, Tamsin Blanchard reports on an unlikely successppetite for new faces. Tamsin Blanchard met its founder

Chain reaction

In 21 years, it has gone from a simple idea to a way of life. Melanie Rickey charts the rise and rise of Warehouse

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? NO 16: JADE JAGGER

Main Claim: A little matter of a familiar surname. Oh, and a familiar pair of lips.

I will survive

Yesterday's tabloid headlines told it: Jerry Hall wants a divorce. She had stuck it for years but now Mick Jagger had finally become too much, or too little. Serial infidelity, public humiliation, you name it. But maybe that's just what you get when you marry a rock star. Why would you tie that knot, and how would you keep it tied? A primer for rock wives by Ruth Picardie

Brazilian President gets down to basics

IF there was any country where a politician's heterosexual enthusiasms might do him or her some good, one would have thought it would have been Brazil. Not so. The President, Itamar Franco, is in trouble for cavorting during the carnival with a woman who was clearly not wearing any knickers.

Fashion: Art imitates life under the catwalk: Keith Hepple enters the fantasy fashion world of a TV commercial, where the audience is heavenly and the photographers smile

THE BRIEF was to 'dress like a fashion editor - smart, glossy and glitzy - and don't forget your notebook]' The fact that some fashion editors are neither glossy nor glitzy did not deter the wardrobe stylist, who was lining up extras to give them a 'yes' or 'no' vote on the glamour of their outfits.

Fashion: From tie-dye T-shirts to flighty, floaty chiffon: One-off garments are inspiring this year's looks, say Tamsin Blanchard and Marion Hume

'I WAS amazed how many people at Glastonbury shopped at Topman, and how many denied it,' says Tony Gudge. He should know, for as well as selling his wares at festivals, Tony and his wife, Fiona, have tied and dyed almost every T- shirt on sale in Topman and Top Shop.

This model business is not all smiles

SUZANNE MIZZI is wearing a tight black strapless dress with a frontal slit almost to the waist, and a pair of - what four-inch? six-inch? - Vivienne Westwood platform shoes, and she's standing on one leg on a slatted wooden chair, the other leg bent at the knee so that it's poking through the slit in her dress. She's holding on to a life-size model of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, half-mangled, with bits of blood and flesh and metal coming out of it. Mizzi is utterly rigid, you wonder how much pain she's in, but she's moving nothing apart from her lips. Mizzi has full, malleable lips, and she's delicately arranging them, pulling them across the borderline between pout and smile, trying them one way and then another, minutely different, still holding her pose, still standing on one leg. This is work that needs precision, expertise, endurance. The lips part, gently, opening, and . . . there] The corners flicker upwards.
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