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French brand Eleven Paris has arrived in London's Carnaby Street – it's about time, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Lena Dunham and Girls is a triumph for real nudity

This is not sexual flesh, designed to titillate. It's matter-of-fact, the kind of shape and size you wouldn't be surprised to see in your mirror

Tulisa Contostavlos startled the gossip community by making a film of explanation, saying she was devastated

Tulisa Contostavlos named world's sexiest woman

Tulisa Contostavlos has usurped Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cheryl Cole to be named the world's sexiest woman.

Caught & Social: Daisy and Anne paint the town red and black

Daisy Lowe was turning plenty of heads when she arrived in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week yesterday.

Last Night's TV - Perfume, BBC4; Imagine, BBC1

There's no need to be so sniffy

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley beats Cheryl Cole in sexiest woman poll

Plymouth-born model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has unseated Cheryl Cole to be crowned the world's sexiest woman.

Daisy Lowe's affordable swimwear range

Daisy Lowe has created an affordable range of vintage swimwear.

Karen Gillan - From the Tardis to tackling monsters

Karen Gillan, Doctor Who's feistiest assistant so far, is busy setting screens alight with a new British horror film and a Christmas special. James Mottram meets her

The Alexa Factor

She is the secret of Mulberry's success, a cover girl guaranteed to shift magazines, and a fixture at the catwalks. How does Alexa Chung do it?

House of Fraser profits lifted by own brands

House of Fraser's strategy to focus on its own brands looks to have paid off, after sales in the division surged more than 60 per cent.

Diary: Unproductive behaviour

Mark Ronson has developed an unfortunate habit of putting his foot in it (you'd almost think he had a new album to promote). First, there was his comment, in an interview with Esquire, that he regretted dating a certain 'It' girl: "I look back on it," he lamented, "and think, 'God, did I really just step into the cliché like that?'" Said cliché was, gossips presumed, his relationship with model Daisy Lowe, whom he ran into at the GQ Men of the Year awards, to which she was accompanied by her new boyfriend, Doctor Who. Then, on Friday night, Ronson told Jools Holland that as a producer, he had taken Amy Winehouse's demos and from them "created" the hits on her album Back to Black. "[R]onson you're dead to me", Winehouse tweeted in response, "one album I write an [sic] you take half the credit – make a career out of it? don't think so BRUV". The lingo is authentic, though Ms Winehouse's account remains unverified by Twitter HQ (so may not, in fact, really be hers). It's also possible she was joking.

Media Lunch: Trish Halpin, editor, Marie Claire

The venue: I discovered La Petit Maison this year. It's a French restaurant but with a bit of a difference. I like the ambience and it's bright and airy. It has a nice outside area too. Quite a few of the people I've taken there hadn't heard of it before.

Fashion favourite: Daisy Lowe's grungy glamour makes her a natural choice for the iconic fashion house Biba

When Daisy Lowe arrives for our interview wearing a long leopard-print coat from the new Biba collection, I assume she's chosen to wear it deliberately in her capacity as the new face of the label. After a vehement denial, and declaration that, "I've been wearing it the whole time, I wore it for Glastonbury with different coloured wigs", the 21-year-old model starts scrolling through her phone for photographic evidence from the festival.

Live Review: Plan B, Sound, Leicester Square, 19th May

As Kafka once described; "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous insect”, thus a metamorphosis of the self can definitely make a big change, be it for better or worse. With this in mind, Plan B, obviously failing at Plan A, has transformed into a giant insect that climbs walls for pleasure. Ah, not really, he’s just changed in to a male Amy Winehouse (which is similar to be a big insect climbing the walls come to think of it) and he’s managed to blow away critics with his new album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

Designer Pearl Lowe suffers miscarriage

Designer Pearl Lowe has suffered a miscarriage, a statement issued on her behalf said today.

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