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Forget boring chat about body-mass indexes, kilograms and body-fat percentages – the new fun way to look at your weight is with the global fat scale.

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Shorts have come out of the holiday drawer and into the limelight, appearing everywhere from the red carpet to the Glastonbury stage, says Susannah Frankel

The week when film stars look the part

Of all the festivals, it's at Cannes where the A-listers really show their style. Susannah Frankel on the red carpet triumphs and disasters

Only we are green, says Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader attacks rival parties as poll shows boost for Labour

Claudia Schiffer: 'It's only on a shoot that I become sexy'

in an age where airbrushing rules supreme, we no longer expect celebrities to actually look like their magazine or screen images. It comes as a strangely reassuring sort of surprise then, when Claudia Schiffer looks, well, just like Claudia Schiffer. For a start, she is so tall that tilting my head to look upwards at her face feels like staring up at one of her billboards. Then there is her skin: taut, unlined, and as creamy and pale as a panna cotta. Her cheekbones are arched and cat-like, her eyes a bright ice-blue. Her long, thick blonde hair is straight out of a Timotei advert – it's the kind of thick, shiny mane that men want to tousle, and schoolgirls want to plait.

A briefs history of time

The changing shape of our bras and knickers over the past 100 years offers intimate insight into women's lives. Harriet Walker delves into the nation's drawers

Parties: Stars fall for dominoes

Dominoes has hitherto not been known as the game of the rich or idle, having little to recommend it except its brevity. But all that's changed with the arrival of "Hollywood Domino", a new take on the game dreamed up by Inge Theron and Daya Fernandez one night in Beverly Hills. Its launch in London certainly drew a star crowd to Mosimann's restaurant off Belgrave Square.

Designer boozing

Supermodel Eva Herzigova and YBA Gavin Turk make home bars a stylish affair. Annie Deakin talks to Patrick Cox about throwing a cocktail party in style

Film reveals the ups and downs of Valentino's love life

To those who can afford his designer creations, Valentino is a fashion deity: the last genuine haute couturier, whose classical garments have adorned and been adored by socialites and celebrities of the calibre of Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman.

Fashion world turns clock back for the return of the 90s supermodels

Watch out, Agyness Deyn, the original supermodels are back. After more than a decade in the fashion wilderness, some of the most bankable names from the 1990s have been scooped up to front some of this autumn's biggest campaigns.

'Why should catwalks be so white?'

Of all the models who sashayed down the catwalk at London Fashion Week, one stood out from the rest. But it was not only Jourdan Dunn's stunning looks which set her apart.

Solve Sundsbo: His bizarre, cleverly manipulated images have made him fashion photography's hottest new star

When fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo started his career, for a while it seemed as though he would get no further than the dole queue. "People would say to me, 'I'm not sure I can hire you, I'm not sure what you're doing. What is your style?' I was mortified and thought I was never going to make a living as a photographer."

Been there, done that, worn the bra

Leslie Ash is the new face of Playtex. Publicity stunt or positive step for older women?

No man has the right, ever

Understandably, women are often defensive about men entering the debate about rape

Peter York on Ads: And here comes another science bit ...

What do women want? The Pretty Polly answer is clear enough. They want to take their clothes off and have their mammary tissues stimulated inside a damn nice bra. Further, they want to do this under scientific conditions - in a wind tunnel, wired up to electrodes, in a sort of scientific shower cubicle affair, or some other place of restraint.

Real homes: Flying ducks, anyone?

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