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These one-of-a-kind gowns fit for a fairy tale are sure to go for a princely sum

Agnès Varda - Grande dame of the New Wave

Agnès Varda has been making films for more than 50 years and her Cleo from 5 to 7 was a landmark in French cinema. And she's not finished yet, she tells Sheila Johnston, who meets the director at her home

Masterpieces? Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

The Pompidou's off-shoot in north-east France has opened with much fanfare but its first exhibition is a bit of a 20th-century hotchpotch

48 Hours In: St-Malo

The ancient walled port has always had an independent streak, with plenty to satisfy the curious visitor.

Jewel thieves raid shopping centre

Jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds was stolen when raiders broken into Europe's largest urban shopping mall, west London's Westfield Centre, in the early hours of yesterday.

Smash-and-grab jewel raiders strike at Westfield shopping centre

Smash-and-grab raiders targeted jewellers at Europe's largest urban shopping centre in the early hours of today.

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Kate Moss and Keira Knightley portraits auctioned to raise cash for homeless charity

Images of timeless glamour by photographers such as Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Rankin are to be auctioned to raise funds for a homeless charity supported by Prince William.

Francis Bacon: In Camera, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

A show that promises discovery of the private artist finds a man simply in thrall to the photograph

Two women, two fashion businesses, one £450m British success story

One is famed for nostalgia, the other for bringing high fashion to the web. Now Cath Kidston and Natalie Massenet have both sold their firms for huge sums

Fashion website founder could net £50m windfall

The founder of the Net-a-Porter website looks set to reap an estimated £50 million windfall today after agreeing to sell her stake in the business to the owner of the Cartier and Montblanc brands.

The 50 best Antiques shops

Whether you’re after fantastic furniture or perfect paintings, Kate Watson-Smyth offers the experts’ guide to affordable auctions and sky’s-the-limit galleries

Mathieu Bastareaud: Irresistible rise of France's boy from the banlieues

If France win the Grand Slam, they will owe much to their controversial star. Paul Newman speaks to Mathieu Bastareaud about his still unforgiven past, and visits the Parisian suburbs where his story began

Raymond Mason: Artist celebrated for his sculptures in relief depicting vibrant humanity

One of the most distinctive artists of the past 60 years, Raymond Mason is best known for his sculptures in relief.

Why designers are making a splash

The fashion for bespoke products has created a wealth of opportunities for freelancers

Smash-and-grab raid at Queen's silversmith

A gang of smash-and-grab robbers raided a landmark branch of the Queen's silversmith today.

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