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

Hit & Run: Red carpets and mint cake

If there were a device that could measure toughness – an adrenalin radar scanning the planet for nutters in harnesses – hardcore hotspots would probably include the Himalayas and the Alps. But the sick-ometer (as in "dude, that was like the sickest jump ever") is at risk of blowing up over a grey corner of northern England later this month when some of the world's greatest daredevils gather for the Kendal Mountain Festival.

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Velvety wallpaper is back with a vengeance but not as we know it, reports Annie Deakin

London goes girly with Luella and Christopher Kane

Girls just want to have fun. That was the message from the British designer Luella Bartley at London Fashion Week yesterday, where she unveiled a collection of sweet, colourful dresses and separates with a pop twist.

Blond bombshell launches Fashion Week (with help from a few models)

It wasn't just the champagne cocktails, celebrity-filled front rows or, indeed, the clothes on the catwalks that kept the demanding audience of London Fashion Week entertained yesterday.

Carola Long: 'The hooded embellished sweatshirt is a slice of fashion forwardness that is as comfy as it is chic'

Christopher Kane's cool new collection for Topshop Boutique is likely to be a London Fashion Week essential, but not everyone will have the guts to wear certain pieces. The gauze eyelet leggings, and the croc print T-shirt, say, will take a certain chutzpah. Not so the grey, hooded sweatshirt (pictured below) embellished with tiny rivets, and sari-style mirrors, however. Here is a slice of fashion-forwardness that is as comfy as it is chic.

Frock 'n' roll: The fine art of the catwalk soundtrack

Cat Power for Chanel, Santigold for Stella McCartney and Little Boots for Topshop...

Catwalk of the town: A guide to London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week kicks off this Friday. Harriet Walker has the ultimate insider's guide to what to wear, see and read...

Great Scot: Christopher Kane's high-glamour style hits the high street

At 27, designer Christopher Kane is the wunderkind of British fashion. And now, with a line for Topshop, his high-glamour style is about to hit the high street. Carola Long meets him

Fashion: Chiffon takes on a new toughness with Autumn's transparency trend

Spotted at Glastonbury: Lily Allen's pants. Not that they were easily missed, mind you, with the young singer wandering around in the most transparent of sheer slips. It actually looks a bit like it was drawn on to her later by an injurious censor, so clear were her matching undies beneath its gauzy netting.

Graduating with Fashion Gold

The top prize at this year’s Graduate Fashion week, the River Island Gold Award, was scooped by 23-year-old Myrto Stamou from Greece.

Ready to Wear: Pink used to be for Barbie dolls and sugar plum fairies

Pink. It’s the colour of the spring/summer season. And it’s far from the preserve of elitist circles. You can’t move for this less-than-neutral shade at the school gates where peony pink T-shirts and cardigans have replaced anything more sombre in hue.

Into the wild: The animal prints stalking the catwalks

From spots to stripes, animal prints have been stalking the catwalks. But to wear these savage styles you need to be bold, not brassy, says Harriet Walker

Fresh faced: The new hair and make-up looks for summer

Catwalk hair and make-up proved to be refreshingly inventive this spring/summer, making a welcome change from the predictable "beach" look of bronzed skin, windswept hair and minimal make-up. Instead there was a new world of colour, light and quirkiness on show, with alien bleached eyebrows at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, strange Mekon sculptural post-beehives at YSL and Prada, and bizarre, insectoid eyelash protrusions at Gareth Pugh.

Girls gone bad: How feisty females are inspiring designers

London Fashion Week hasn't lost its rebel spirit – Pixie Geldof, Pamela Anderson and Linda Blair were the feisty females inspiring designers, writes Susannah Frankel

Kane and Farhi’s upbeat designs lighten the gloom

It’s impossible not to feel enthusiastic about British fashion after seeing a Christopher Kane show. The Scottish designer, who unveiled his latest autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week yesterday, has been feted from the moment he graduated in 2006 and consistently lives up to his hype.

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