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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

Liquid sweetness: What could be easier? There is a hand-me-down quality to this summer's dresses, evocative of the flea market and the jumble sale. Alison Veness reports

This is the big easy. A dreamy, languorous moment of escapism before glamour inescapably descends, a moment to dress up in something effortlessly simple - after all, what could be easier than a fluid dress?

Fashion Update: Schiffer to retire?

RUMOUR has it that Karl Lagerfeld's favourite model, Claudia Schiffer, will retire from modelling after she marries her fiance, David Copperfield. Schiffer, who has been compared with Bardot, made her modelling debut at the age of 19 on the runway of a Chanel haute couture show. In modelling terms, she was a late starter. Now, at the grand old age of 23, she could be the first of the supermodels to bow out gracefully.

Chanel apologises to Muslims for 'Satanic Breasts' dress

IT IS not often that the head of a French haute couture house visits the Grand Mosque of Paris, the leading place of prayer for France's 3 million Muslims.

So you wanna be a boxer?: Boxing is no longer the preserve of the macho male. Now women are fighting fit without breaking bones. Emma Cook enters the ring

When boxing trainer and manager Isola Akay visited New York's largest gym five years ago he was shocked to see women fighting in the ring. 'I couldn't believe they were hitting each other so hard' he recalls. 'I decided I could offer something much better without all that bashing.'

Fashion: Backstage, the launching of TV careers . . .

Move over, Richard and Judy, it's the Cindy and Claudia show. While most spectators at the Chanel show in Paris were watching the catwalk, the real action was going on backstage for the cameras. Suddenly, television is where it's at.

Fashion Update: Naomi experiences a mood swing

WE ALL know how much a supermodel costs these days, but what price a supermermaid? Valentino wouldn't tell how much he paid Naomi Campbell to spend the whole of his Oliver show on a swing, wearing a coral encrusted bikini over a striped sheath dress ending in a mermaid tail.

People: Queen seeks tea and sympathy at Waterloo

TIRED, perhaps, of the endless gossip about her daughters-in-law, the Queen is taking a mid-week break to Belgium. King Baudoin and Queen Fabiola do not have any children, so Her Majesty will be able to get away from it all. Brussels boasts numerous attractions, but the Queen has opted for quiet contemplation at the battlefield of Waterloo. She will then take tea.

Dressing-up is what the British do best: as the decade moves on, individualism moves in

LAST MARCH, around the time that John Major was rolling up his sleeves and pitching into gritty, man-of-the-people heart-to-hearts, Claudia Schiffer was swinging down the catwalk with a dubious expression on her face. Dressed in scarlet leather, gilt chains and knee-high bovver boots, she was wearing around pounds 4,000 worth of clothes. And yet here was a look that was ridiculously easy to rip off at second-hand stalls the world over, from Kensington Market to LA's Melrose Avenue. But maybe that was the point.

FASHION / The new pluck: Who'd have thought there was so much in an eyebrow? Those bushy Brooke Shields caterpillars have been refined to Fifties arcs and now they've more or less disappeared altogether. You never know what you've got till they've gone

One of the last great beauty credos of the Eighties is crumbling. The luxuriant eyebrow that every beauty editor and make-up artist held sacrosanct for an entire decade (the same one that was supposed to be absolutely essential to the architecture of any face) is being plucked and pencilled into an emaciated shadow of its former self.

Wannabees follow in steps of superstar models: Dreams came true for 13 girls-next-door when they became 'superstar' models - for a night. Roger Tredre reports

LAST MONTH she was signing on back home in Cardiff. This week, she was a superstar model, for a night at least, striding the catwalk before the television cameras and the probing eyes of a thousand fashion industry guests. It was a dream come true for Dena Khazragi, 19, a finalist in the British round of the Look of the Year contest.
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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing