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Lady Gaga is believed to have paid a world record price for a gown by her late friend the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Fashion doyenne Daphne Guinness has donated 102 items of clothing to Christie's

Trending: Christie's becomes the go-to haute charity shop

She's a walking fashionplate, a couture-clad collector. So why is Daphne Guinness selling her clothes?

Man in the mirror: Karl Lagerfeld's self-portrait

Being Karl Lagerfeld: What's it like being the most powerful man in fashion?

In an exclusive interview, Karl Lagerfeld talks to Susannah Frankel about iPads, Nietzsche and what he really said about those Royal Wedding outfits

Richardson forced to remove pictures of Kate Moss' wedding from website

What do you expect if you invite the fashion world's most notorious photographer to the rock n' roll wedding of the century?

Business Diary: A Guinness overflows...

Daphne Guinness, the brewery heiress, now lives in a rather swanky apartment on New York's Fifth Avenue, where she has a bit of a legal problem, the New York Post reports. Her neighbours, Karim and Tina Samii, who own the $12m (£7.7m) flat downstairs, are suing her for repeatedly flooding their place with overflowing bath water. The couple claim it's happened four times in the past two years.

Amber, Armani's autumn gem

Giorgio Armani presented his new autumn-winter collection yesterday to an A-list crowd for Paris Haute Couture fashion week. His Privé collection was based on the amber gemstone, using its every shade, from sandalwood to gold. There were lustrous evening gowns and tweed skirt-suits.

Dress code: Lisa Butcher, model

What are you wearing right now?

My Fairtrade cotton PJs. I've just got back from filming in New York. I don't usually wear pyjamas at midday, but I'm still adjusting to UK time.

Sarah Sands: To die for – the etiquette of funeral fashion

Black is always in style, above all in the cemetery

Models revolt over heel hell

Alexander McQueen's 12in heels have triggered a catwalk boycott because of concerns over safety

Happy birthday Guinness! The Black Stuff at 250

The famous stout made its debut in 1759, and has left its mark in the worlds of advertising, the arts and the gossip columns. Andrew Johnson drinks it all in

Parties: Hatters go mad at V&A

Forget the outfits — hats trumped haute couture at last Monday's V&A bash celebrating milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones's headgear exhibition.

Skinhead violence to fish markets - radical perfumiers are finding inspiration in the oddest places...

The high street may be awash with easy-on-the-nose perfumes, but a new wave of creatives are coming up with less conventional formulas that offer a refreshing alternative to the mainstream. The photographer Nick Knight, the artist Sissel Tolaas and fashion designers such as Boudicca and Gareth Pugh are just a few to have developed more confrontational scents, and the results are altering the world of perfumery for good.

The secret diary of Mario Testino: What the world's most glamorous photographer saw

He is one of the best-known photographers on the planet, turning models into superstars and criss-crossing continents to shoot princesses, pop stars and Hollywood players. So just what is the secret of Mario Testino's A-list allure? In an exclusive three-week diary, he takes us behind the scenes of his glamorous life

Odd Young Things: Britain's latest style tribe

It is hard to think of anyone in British public life less connected to glamour and style than Bill Oddie. But this has not prevented the corduroy-clad ornithologist's daughter from being declared a fashion icon by one of the country's leading society publications.

Sarah Sands: Feminism is no match for a giddy pair of shoes

Moral opponents of the Beijing Olympics reel off China's history of human rights abuses. This is a country where families dispose of their baby girls because of the one-child policy and grandmothers are still crippled by the old practice of foot binding. Their toes were broken and bound in infanthood in order to achieve adorable looking feet.

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