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Russia is in the throes of the coldest winter in a long while, and that, by any standard, is cold. Across Moscow, locals scuttle from A to B avoiding the huge phallic icicles which jut into the street from the spouts of drainpipes. At the doors to the metro, babushkas in headcarves and battered furs hunch against the bitter wind, begging for pennies. And, all the while, just a few paces away, Russia's super-rich are proving their impunity to these testing conditions.

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The Tsarina's Slippers, Royal Opera House, London <br/>Cecilia Bartoli/Il Giardino Armonico, Barbican Hall, London

A family show fails to live up to its sparkly promise at the Royal Opera House, but Bartoli is brilliant

Helen Croydon: You won't get me back into flatties

All this heel bashing is a conspiracy against the feminine power a stiletto can yield

The joy of socks

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Daggers drawn over stilettos

A TUC vote to ban high heels in the workplace has won support from doctors &ndash; but derision from women

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Brian Viner went to find it, then got distracted by a certain bearded airline mogul

Howard Jacobson: The eroticism of high heels disappears once they reach seven inches

I spent my first term&rsquo;s student grant on stilettos for the girl I loved

Dress code: Charlotte Tilbury, make-up artist

What are you wearing right now?

I'm wearing a Balmain dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes, an Alessandro dell'Acqua jacket, and carrying a Marc Jacobs handbag.

The feral beast: Perfect copies

Red faces after Jacob Rees-Mogg, prospective Tory MP and son of former Times editor William, had to apologise for plagiarising an article from The Sun in a constituency newsletter. There was perhaps not a little irony in reading this on the Telegraph website, which has given a new meaning to the term copy-taking. Not only have they been merrily reproducing stuff from the Daily Mail's website, but items published at midnight on The Independent's site were miraculously published eight hours later on Telegraph.co.uk. Trevor Kavanagh, who penned the cribbed Sun piece, said he was flattered by Rees-Mogg's appropriation. We know what he means.

London Fashion Week: Nina Dolcetti

Spotted in the BFC Tent Esthetica area: ethically made shoes that rival Louboutin in the glamour stakes, and compete with Nicholas Kirkwood in terms of modern design aesthetic!

Dress code: Jade Parfitt, model

Head over heels: Wacky shoe designs

Nothing comes between a fashion follower and a new pair of shoes &ndash; and the designs get wackier every season. So what's driving this footwear fanaticism? Carola Long reports

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