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Moschino Autumn/Winter 2013

iStyle: Highland fling: Comeback of the kilt

The kilt is making a comeback this season, from traditional Scots tartan to minis and punky versions, writes Holly Swayne

Snappy dresser: fancy an outfit from Gossip Girl? A new app makes it a couple of clicks away

Shazam for fashion? I'll have what she's wearing

Most of us, at one time or another, have coveted a T-shirt, jacket or pair of shoes that someone on telly is wearing.

Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2013 at Kensington Gardens
Christopher Kane autumn/winter 2013 show during London Fashion Week

Brains and beauty on display in a sumptuous showing from Christopher Kane

"The brain works in mysterious ways," Christopher Kane said after his London Fashion Week show today: "Things just came to me."

French turn to London fashion

François-Henri Pinault, the chairman and chief executive at French fashion giant PPR, will be talent spotting at London Fashion Week tomorrow with his wife, the actress Salma Hayek.

Fashion statement: Think pink

The hue that's gone from safe to statement

Wild and woolly: Pretty jumpers for Spring that you can wear right now...

Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward

Wild and woolly: Pretty jumpers for Spring that you can wear right now...

Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward

All puffed up: It's time to pick up a puffa

Snuggly, squishy and suddenly cool again. You'll be glad of all that padding when the temperature drops, says cosy convert Harriet Walker

Junya Watanabe Spring Summer 2012, Paris Fashion Week

Gemma tries it on: 'I have embraced the flurry of sample sales that happen at this time of year'

My work life has got a bit glamorous lately. Well, the last three days anyway. My week started by being whisked off to Milan to attend a party thrown by Dodo, the Italian jewellery company. I then flew straight to Edinburgh for Chanel's unbelievably lavish Métier d'Art show (I'm still not sure if that really happened? It was dream-like). Then finally it was back to London for two pressing Italian engagements: Christmas drinks hosted by Dolce & Gabbana, and later on that evening, a candlelit supper in Burlington Arcade with Salvatore Ferragamo.

The best of British

Tonight's fashion awards bring to a close an exciting year for style. Look at who will have their fingers crossed later

Sex pistol: The punk look is back - just add attitude

Styling: Gemma Hayward

Fashion Statement: Take your wet-weather style tips from the New Yorkers

Storm-proofing oneself may not sound like the height of fashion, but if they're doing it in New York, it's time to take note. Everything of theirs ends up over here, after all; I feel like I can hardly move for hipsters and hot dogs.

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