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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

Silver screen defeats supermodels

Cultural heritage: Sir David Puttnam at the forefront of successful campaign to protect old cinema from 'tacky' development

in manhattan, they let their fingers do

No self-respecting American babe likes to be seen without a gleaming set of talons, buffed, filed and daubed with gloss. Anna Blundy enters the pink leatherette world of the Big Apple's ubiquitous nail salons

Claudia's explosive entry lifts Chanel show

TAMSIN BLANCHARD

Forget fashion victims, real men wear clothes

Not all the menswear shows in Paris last week were outrageous and determined to shock; Tamsin Blanchard saw some wearable outfits that fit the body without flaunting it

The Jewwal and the Crown

Television

The key to enjoying Eurotrash: get trashed

Friday night channel surfers are meant to treat Eurotrash (C4) as the last port of call in a marathon pub crawl. Reviewers meanwhile, whatever you might have heard to the contrary, are traditionally sober when working. This is why, in spite of its popularity with late-night wassailers, Eurotrash has been the victim of a thousand stroppy critical muggings.

A warm and gentle kicking

After Alan Partridge, a fragrant little old lady with fangs. By Martin Kelner

Supermodels reject Paris catwalk `pin-money'

IT WAS a week of sublimely elegant design at the Paris fashion shows. But the re-appearance of long-lost style on the catwalk was as nothing compared to the disappearance of glamour personified. Naomi, Linda and Christy were nowhere to be seen.

Opinions: Whose private number would you like to get hold of?

RHODA KOENIG, writer: I'd ring Virginia Bottomley to ask where she got her nerve, and call up Richard Gere and ask him if he thinks his recent exploits are good publicity for the Dalai Lama.

Supermodel recaptures the flavour of 'La Dolce Vita'

Claudia Schiffer, in a dress by the Italian designer Valentino, poses on the terrace of Villa Caffarelli on the Capitoline Hill in Rome. Schiffer is shooting fashion spots based on scenes from Fellini's screen classic.

Fashion Update: A siren in her smalls

You've seen her in no clothes in a movie, now expect to see her in a few clothes in an advert. Elle Macpherson is starring for the first time in a TV commercial for her lingerie collection, Elle Macpherson Intimates.

FASHION / Darling of the catwalk

EVERY season, a porcelain-white woman sits in the front row of the fashion shows. On her lap, or on the chair next to her, sits a white-blond, dark-lashed boy. The fashion pack is fascinated: by her multiple changes of super-white outfits (including gloves), but more so by his pre-pubescent adoration of Claudia Schiffer.

Fashion Update: Which is the real doll?

CAN you tell the difference? Italian Vogue has finally spotted what we recognised some time ago: Uber-model Claudia Schiffer and Mattel's supermodel Barbie were seperated at birth. Claudia is the one with zips in her frocks - poor Barbie has to make do with Velcro fastenings (particularly perilous in this season's itsy bitsy trash glam bikini).

Best-sellers: Top 10 waxworks

1 Baroness Thatcher

Fashion: Haute Couture - Paris, Autumn / Winter 1994

Slender and stacked; that's what the haute couture siren wants to look like. She wants clothes cut to show off a pert bosom, skinny arms and a waist you can span with your hands. That which nature has not been kind enough to endow, money, craftsmanship and corsetry can provide.
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Bread from heaven

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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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