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French fancy: Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel is known as the queen of knits – and now she's brought her quirky Gallic style to the high street with a new collection for H&M. Très jolie, says Carola Long

Emmanuelle Béart: 'Sometimes you feel more naked when you're totally

Were you ever to need reminding of the effect Emmanuelle Béart has on men, you'd do well to recall the time she appeared on the cover of French Elle magazine, in 2003. With the actress pictured naked on a Mauritian beach, Frenchmen flocked in their droves to their nearest news-stand. The entire print-run of 550,000 copies sold out in just three days, making it the biggest-selling issue in the fashion glossy's long history. For Béart, the explanation was simple: "It was to say, 'Look, I'm 40, this is my body, these are my curves, I like them and I'm proud of them.'"

The blossoming of Sarah Brown

For more than a year, the Prime Minister's wife had been almost invisible. But now she is raising her profile. Is it a political move, or is she just more at ease with her role?

L'Oréal under fire for 'whitewashing' Beyoncé

The beauty giant L'Oréal has provoked outrage on both sides of the Atlantic after allegedly whitewashing the face of the singer Beyoncé Knowles for an advertisement in the latest US edition of Elle magazine.

Agyness Deyn: Smells like Deyn spirit

Agyness Deyn is the supermodel of the moment. But her stellar career is about to take a very different direction with the release of her first single. In an exclusive interview, she explains all to Nick Duerden