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An exercise in style: The design lover's guide to creating a home gym

Want to keep in shape, but don't fancy ugly fitness equipment ruining your chic interior?

Ready to Wear: Nymphs and shepherdesses have never been my aesthetic role models

Fashion cliché of the week: opposites attract. And so, as sure as eggs is eggs, what the latest issue of British Vogue describes as "the new pretty", duly identified as among the leading looks of the spring season, is inevitably rubbing shoulders with, er, the new utilitarianism.

Is this the death knell for the fashion show?

The front-row ticket is so last year. Celebrities need no invitation as the Milan catwalk goes online

Strolling Stone: Mick's daughter named Britain's best model

Burberry and John Galliano the other big winners at British fashion 'Oscars'

Harrods to open revamped menswear department

There's no sign of hard times at Harrods - the landmark British retailer re-opens its revamped menswear department tomorrow, after two years in the making.

Capital assets: London Fashion Week grows up

Perfectly-pitched spring/summer 2010 shows at London Fashion Week proved the event has finally come of age, writes Susannah Frankel

Editor-At-Large: Harassed to death – why did no one listen?

Her story is so distressing that it makes me wonder what kind of neighbours lived in her street. Couldn't anyone have saved her from herself? Why didn't a single person of authority – a social worker or a police officer – simply act kindly, as the coroner put it, sympathetically and "sit down and have a cup of tea" with Fiona Pilkington to find out what was going on in her head?

Burberry returns with a bang to London catwalk

British designer pulls big names for first home showing in a decade

Get one step ahead: Shop early to avoid the throng

Sequins, denim, Eighties glamour and soft Forties styles – the new season is suprisingly democratic. So shop early to avoid the throng, says Harriet Walker

Fashion: Spot the next Stella

Graduation to most of us meant rented gowns trimmed with itchy fake fur, worn in the summer sun while queuing up to be photographed holding a rolled-up piece of paper. These images then duly haunt you forever, gazing down from proud relatives' mantelpieces. But for fashion graduates, it's a very different story: the only gowns involved are worthy of the red carpet, and pictures are taken by catwalk pros rather than "watch the birdie" amateurs.

Made in Italy: Milan fashion goes back to core values

Bloomsbury belles at Burberry. Glamazons at Gucci. Utility chic at Prada. On the catwalks last week, Milan's fashion houses reacted to hard times with collections that returned to their core values, says Susannah Frankel

'Trailblazing' Dunn named Model of the Year

Jourdan Dunn sealed a rapid rise to supermodel status last night by winning the Model of the Year title at the British Fashion Awards.

Ferragamo revives the sexy Seventies with shiny jumpsuits aplenty

If anyone at Milan Fashion Week was in any doubt that the Seventies had returned, the Salvatore Ferragamo show yesterday drove home the message. With shiny jumpsuits, flared trousers and shaggy coats aplenty, references to the decade were about as subtle as a lit-up dance floor and big shiny glitter-ball.

Why your old classics could be fashion's future

In the hands of today's designers, wardrobe staples like the trench, the loafer and the blazer are getting a radical 21st-century makeover. Iain R Webb reports

Milano goes commando

Transparency was all the rage in the Italian fashion capital last week, and hardly any of the models wore underwear, either. Susie Rushton got an eyeful of 'peekaboo' chic
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The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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