American 'Marie Claire' editor Joanna Coles: The First Lady of the house of Hearst

As editor of American 'Marie Claire', Joanna Coles is the talk of Manhattan, hanging out with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie. Claire Atkinson meets her

Britain pays off final instalment of US loan - after 61 years

Britain will today make the final payment on a multi-billion-dollar loan it took out in 1945 to refinance the country in the wake of the Second World War.

Hermione Eyre: From James Bond to my tragic desperados

The star of the new James Bond film is not Daniel Craig, despite all that attractive squinting he does. It is the Casino Royale itself, the still, seductive centre of the film where the lights are low, the stakes are high and the carpet is as deep as Alain de Botton. Here, minute details - the pulse on someone's temple, say - assume razor-sharp importance. Here, diamonds drip from ladies and chandeliers alike. Here, even the baddies are glamorous. Here, sadly, is an entirely fictional place.

Hotel Of The Week: Le Parker Meridien New York

You're off to the States to spend your hard-earned cash. And you need somewhere close to the big stores to shop-and-drop. How about Le Parker Meridien New York?

Catherine Townsend: Sleeping Around

Three can be my magic number

FASHION SPECIAL: Paradise found

Pack your sense of adventure - this season there's something for the most intrepid follower of fashion. Photographs by Luke Kirwan Styling by Beth Dadswell

Fashion: Young bloods

Next week, the creations of a new crop of fashion hopefuls will hit the catwalk in BhS Graduate Fashion Week. Tamsin Blanchard goes in search of tomorrow's stars

Fashion: What's hot - High-low shoes

WHEN the new big-mouth, all-hype-and-no-trousers designer Jeremy Scott sent his models down the catwalk wearing one shoe higher than the other at his Paris Fashion Week show, "Contrapied", last month, little did he know he was about to instigate the Next Big Trend in footwear.

Style: Well Heeled

What will the fashion editors be buying this spring? I asked my esteemed colleagues Tamsin Blanchard, the fashion editor, and Sophia Neophitou, senior stylist, for their top five shoes of the season, and there wasn't a trainer in sight.

Style: Taking a few more steps along the road to fame

Christian Louboutin, shoemaker to Liz Taylor and Cher, will be providing heavenly soles for Stella McCartney's first collection for Chloe in Paris next month and for knitwear designer Julien Macdonald's show at London Fashion Week tomorrow night. Ian Phillips meets the man who counts gardens and eating yoghurt among his other obsessions

Cool under the collar

This summer, the shirtdress is the easiest thing to wear. It's no longer a matter of borrowing oversize men's shirts, worn billowing over leggings. The latest crop are cool and elegant - just the thing to show off a light tan

FASHION / The pleasures and perils of a French country garden

OFFICIALLY, it was a wedding reception. To the invited guests wandering the grounds of the Chateau de Courances, an hour's drive from Paris, a couple of weeks ago, it felt more like The Draughtsman's Contract (or Last Year in Marienbad if you were past 40). Certainly the party to celebrate the marriage of Valentine de Ganay, the youngest daughter of the house, and her husband, the artist Markus Hansen, was an event. An international band of artists was invited to install or perform their work and over 400 guests strolled the grounds. The party (christened 'A Charadezade') began at four in the afternoon and went on until five the next morning.
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin