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Documents claim the supermodel allegedly urged the widow of a man killed by the crash in the Bahamas, to take a payout

Observations: Pillow talk in the East End

Forget dressing up for a night at the theatre. One London establishment is actively encouraging patrons into their pyjamas. The excuse for this decadence is the latest in a series of Literary Pyjama Parties at 40 Winks, an East End’s boutique hotel.

Rhiannon Harries: Brutal reality gives the lie to the idea that the truth is always best

Imagine a world where everyone tells you the unadulterated truth, all the time. Where people are perfectly to happy to tell you that, yes, you do look like you have gained weight recently; that your latest squeeze is a little out of your league; that it is quite pathetic that you still live with your parents.

Join the boot camp: The ultimate guide to the season's hottest trend

Thigh-length, shoe-boots, waders – find the perfect pair and autumn dressing is a walk in the park. Carola Long introduces our definitive guide to a style that's got legs

Theo Fennell rides to the rescue of his own company

'King of Bling' returns to board of celebrity jeweller and raises his shareholding

The Evolution of Underwear

From girdles to gussets, anti-cellulite knickers and push-up bras, an exhibition celebrating the history of women’s underwear opens tomorrow at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum.

How tuna conquered the world

We swallowed it in sandwiches. We scoffed it as sushi. Now it's swimming straight towards extinction. How did the global appetite for tuna become insatiable? Martin Hickman reports

Top jeweller loses its sparkle in recession

The upmarket jeweller Theo Fennell's confidence that its customers would continue buying ostentatious rings and necklaces in the credit crunch looked mistaken yesterday when it announced it had recorded an £840,000 loss, its first for three years.

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Fashion: Big hair bounces back

The right proportions are key in fashion. While a few things should invariably be small (waists, hips, thighs), almost everything else can be relied on to shrink or grow from one season to the next.

Have we got nudes for you

The naked portrait is back in vogue, and it's not just for the rich. HERO BROWN bared all for the sake of art

The real Thing

The Next Big Thing celebrates its fourth birthday this week. Inevitably, demand will be high, the venue will be rammed and the queues will be hectic in the extreme.

Fashion: The survival of the quirkiest

Storm, the agencywhich `discovered' Kate Moss, is best known for signing unusual-looking models that the rest of the industry might ignore. Ten years after its founding, Tamsin Blanchard reports on an unlikely successppetite for new faces. Tamsin Blanchard met its founder

why are they famous?; elle macpherson

Main Claim: Lanky Australian "super" model best known for her body and boyfriends. Now the two become one as pregnancy rumours surround Elle, 33, who is thought to be three months up the duff by fiance Arpade Buisson. With an ongoing trial over nude photos, a part in the latest Batman movie, plus alleged bump, Elle "the body" Macpherson has become a global phenomenon. Sort of thing.

People: Elle McPherson prepares for model motherhood

The latest development in the life of Elle MacPherson (right), the Australian model, may pose a threat to the perfectly proportioned figure that has earned her the nickname The Body. MacPherson, 34, is pregnant with her first child, it emerged yesterday.

Jamie Packer's quest to buy up all the compromising pictures of his fiancee are doomed, I fear. But I'm open to offers ...

My eyes do not light up like Sergeant Bilko's at the prospect of making a fast buck. Nor does the subject of blackmail hold many attractions for me. But when a love-struck billionaire comes a-calling - well, who could resist turning embarrassment into easy cash?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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