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Being a member of One Direction has some serious pulling power when it comes to influencing a public vote.

Embroidered wool coat, £,3250, and tulle skirt, £2,480, both by Nina Ricci, from Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1, 020-7730 1234; Shirt dress, £405, by Richard Nicoll, richardnicoll.com; tights, £12, by house of holland for pretty polly, prettypolly.co.uk; Crystal heel boots, £1,000, by Chanel, 26 Old Bond Street, London SW1, 020-7493 5040

Her dark materials: Lace and leather - a beautifully gothic romance

Styling: Gemma Hayward

The mane event: Laura Trott

In winning style: Moments of fashion flair from Team GB

Olympians may have been proud to compete in their national colours, but that didn't stop them from adding their own moments of fashionable flair, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Meadham Kirchhoff, Autumn Winter, 2012

London calling: The best autumn collections

The best autumn collections upheld a woman who is loud, proud and dangerous, says Susannah Frankel. She's a sight for sore eyes

McQueen reigns again on London catwalk as label returns home in style

Two years after the designer's death, Sarah Burton's McQ makes its runway debut. Fashion Editor Susannah Frankel reports

Brolly good show as Burberry reigns at London's parade

Classic label takes a step into the future with online ordering straight from the catwalk

Burberry's mix of tradition and innovation gives LFW a lift

If London is still predominantly famous for its fledgling names, the exception that proves the rule is Burberry, a globally recognised international brand with the money and power behind it to match.

Samantha Cameron in Christopher Kane front row at London Fashion Week

The first lady of British fashion today made her debut appearance at this season's London Fashion Week.

Made in Britain: How our fashion is being exported globally

Sharp designs and heritage brands are putting British clothes into wardrobes around the world. This summer's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics present a unique selling opportunity. Laura Chesters reports
Matthew Williamson, 40, studied in Manchester:
Williamson’s feminine and fluttery designs are beloved of west London socialites – Sienna Miller is one of his best friends, while Jade Jagger is often seen in his clothes. He studied in Manchester before graduating from Saint Martins in 1994. After working for Monsoon he set up his own label and celebrated his 10th anniversary
with Prince in 2007

London calling! Fashion's leading men hit the road in search of talent

Top names go back to their roots in quest to discover next generation of designers

Ready To Wear: The finesse of haute couture was in François Lesage's blood

How ironic that just as the collective fashion consciousness turns its attention to the spring/summer season, and the craft of haute couture appears more influential than it has done for years, one of its main protagonists has left this world.

Ready To Wear: A designer link up for those who like their labels discreet

You can't beat a good collaboration, particularly when both sides are close to a fashion follower's heart.

Add a splash of colour to your garden with pink-flowering plants

I was never one of those little girls who wore pink. Certainly not from head to foot, and possibly not ever. Yuck, etc. But when I was 10 I was seized with a violent liking for the sort of deep-fuchsia-pink that you nowadays see mostly on Barbie-trademarked products. It seemed at once both vaguely rebellious and punky, and a little bit footless-tights disco. Well, you know, it was 1979.

Good hair day: Copying catwalk tresses

We may not all buy the clothes on the catwalks but we can mimic its tresses. TIGI creative director Nick Irwin tells Harriet Walker how

Ready To Wear: There are tattoos – and then there are fashion tattoos

Are tattoos ubiquitous to the point where they are no longer desirable? That is the question.

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Ronald McDonald the muse

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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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