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Kawaii, or a love of the adorable, is huge in Japan – and it’s big here too. Bless, says Will Coldwell

Sarah Sands: Only one man can reduce film stars to babbling schoolgirls

Here we are in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the parties have never been better. The guest lists look a little topsy-turvy; the most photographed lovelies at the Tatler party were David Hockney and the "reclusive" socialite Lucian Freud. At the Financial Times party in Kensington Palace Gardens, Alistair Darling mingled with female performers dressed as flamingos on pink stilts.

The scary monsters Yves Saint Laurent unleashed

Le Smoking. Safari suits. Sheer outfits. Animal print. Fashion has a great deal to thank the late Yves Saint Laurent for ....Or does it?

Fashion world turns clock back for the return of the 90s supermodels

Watch out, Agyness Deyn, the original supermodels are back. After more than a decade in the fashion wilderness, some of the most bankable names from the 1990s have been scooped up to front some of this autumn's biggest campaigns.

Alexander Brenninkmeijer: C&A man strikes back

Brenninkmeijer's family once dominated high-street fashion. Now, he runs a cut-price label loved by the A-list - and so exclusive it has no shops or stockists

Pandora: Rupert's new trailer

Move over to the slow lane, Margaret Beckett: British caravanning has a new pin-up. Rupert Penry-Jones, heart-throb of the flighty spy drama Spooks, has just come out of the (uselessly small, MDF) closet as a paid-up member of the Caravan Club.

Peter York On Ads: Women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your split ends

All those lovely old words, such as "struggle" – as in "our struggle" – are all but goners now. They're just part of the collective unconscious of Babyboomers with deep lefty parents, people who knew what a Soviet Realist picture looked like long before they used them as ironic interior decoration.

Ready To Wear: Eating disorders exploited?

The Model Health Inquiry is a valiant attempt at improving the health prospects of the young women on the London catwalk. But it fails fully to address the impact that images of unusually slender females may have on those prone to eating disorders outside the industry. Leave that to the legendary photographer Oliviero Toscani (below), whose billboard campaign featuring the naked anorexia-sufferer Isabelle Caro duly hammers the message home.

Adams wins historic vote from Sinn Fein to back Irish police forces

Irish republicans have voted overwhelmingly to support the policing systems in both parts of Ireland, in a move which was hailed as a historic change of heart and a key moment in the peace process.

How do I look? Rankin Photographer, age 38

I'm never going to be six foot or have a completely flat stomach

Dalglish backs legacy for a new generation

Scottish legend believes bid can bring real investment

Me and my new model army

Motoring: Marques Of The Century No.3 Citroen

Citroen's chevron badge is distinctive. What are its origins?

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS: TIM JEFFRIES

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment