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Where can a full and frank porn talk go aside from one person decreeing that the other cannot have the sexual outlet they rely on?

A black and white issue: square print cardigan £65; jumper, £60; square print trousers £65, all by Laura Ashley

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At 60, Laura Ashley delves into its archives to uncover a little-seen side, writes Alexander Fury

Topman design AW13

Designer Hike Wear: Take a hike

Fashion followers have been supplanted into the wilds this season, as a host of designers head outward bound, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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The brash, colourful movement signalled a radical departure

Billy Zane created artworks using locally sourced materials while filming Titanic

Arts observations: Billy Zane turns to action painting

And in defence of 'virtuous' women

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen is one of the 22 artists shortlisted for Award, the £10,000 prize associated with the British Ceramics Biennial. malenehartmannrasmussen.com Photo: sylvaindeleu.com

iStyle: Smashing crockery: The home of British pottery is hosting a gathering of 150 of the world’s most original ceramic artists and designers.

The third British Ceramics Biennial opens in Stoke-on- Trent this week, with a series of exhibitions, installations and events featuring the work of more than 150 artists and designers.

Tristram Hunt loves ceramics

Arts observations: The welcome resurgence of a lost art

And a painter of Popes and playboys

New date established for the origin of ancient Egypt

UK scientists have established that the state came into existence more recently than previously thought

Hanssen Pigott in her studio

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott: Potter whose work was acclaimed for its clarity and calmness

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was a major figure in the field of international studio ceramics, whose work was characterised by its clarity and calm. From the mid-1980s she began to group apparently functional wares, in the form of bottles, beakers, cups and bowls, into sculptural still-life sequences of timeless purity, a move in the direction of fine art, seen at its most ambitious in her 55ft installation Caravan, shown at Tate St Ives in 2004.

Axed Apprentice contestant Myles Mordaunt

The Apprentice 2013: Lord Sugar turns his nose up at Myles Mordaunt's 'smell what sells' task

Myles Mordaunt has become the latest Apprentice contestant to be shut down as his high-end homewares shop was put out of business by his rival's bargain fashion store.

Animal magic: model wears Belstaff spring/summer 2013

iStyle: Wild things

Shades of khaki and cream aren't just for wearing on safari, says Lee Holmes

INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Concrete is the material of the moment and we like the industrial feel of these bowls by Katharina Eisenkoeck. £95 for a set, katharinaeisenkoeck.comkatharinaeisenkoeck.com" width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/istyle-bright-young-things-8677588.html';" class="" />

iStyle: Bright young things

This week’s New Designers exhibition offers visitors the chance to buy  a future design classic. Trish Lorenz tracks down the names to watch

Mix textural ceramics, metallics, cut metal pieces and lace cushions to create a neutral scheme that’s full of visual interest. John Rocha bowls from £8-£25, debenhams.com

A delicate situation

Don’t tell granny but lace is for more than doilies and curtains. Try it on lamps, linens and even ceramics, says Trish Lorenz

Auction puts Picassos up for sale – for £500

Art lovers on a budget will get the chance to buy an original work by Picasso for a few hundred pounds at an auction later this month.

Ian McIntosh is determined to solve the mystery of the ancient coins

X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history

Ancient African coins lead experts to question who discovered islands

All Together Now: Group a selection of Linea Naturals ceramics from House of Fraser together for a sculptural effect. Ceramic photo frame, £10, tealight holder £18, vases from £20, all houseoffraser.co.uk.

Take the ceramic route

The Royal College of Art is playing host to some of  Britain’s finest pottery this weekend, but fragile  design doesn’t have to break the bank. By Trish Lorenz

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