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Retailer has been using Ms O’Shaughnessy in their campaigns since 2011

Not-so-exclusive: the near-identical photos adorning three recent covers

Snap! How Carey Mulligan inadvertently became the glossies' ultimate cover girl

That look is just so last year! There was embarrassment in the world of fashion "glossies" after an almost-identical cover shot of Carey Mulligan graced the front of three magazines.

Cheryl Cole feels 'sexy' after weight gain

Cheryl Cole feels "sexy" again after putting on weight. 

Portfolio: Jason Wilde

Who are the people that make up modern Britain? It's a question that documentary photographer Jason Wilde is attempting to answer with his ambitious ongoing project, "Free".

'Miss Moscow' contender Yana Lapikova focuses on Putin post

Russians are used to seeing photographs of their Prime Minister's daredevil exploits in the news – but now it is the person holding the camera that is raising eyebrows, as it has been revealed that Vladimir Putin has hired a former model as his personal photographer.

Vogue's new cover girl

French Vogue crowned a new style queen yesterday, naming former fashion director Emanuelle Alt as its editor-in-chief.

The story behind Vogue's iPad app

Going from page to screen has been less than seamless. Vogue's editor, Alexandra Shulman, tells Ian Burrell why it takes time for things to click

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.

Last Night's TV: This World: Stolen Brides, BBC2<br />Cutting Edge: Four Sons versus Four Daughters, Channel 4<br />Ugly Betty, E4

Two wars in 20 years, widespread violence, the competing mores of tribal society, Islamic law and secularist Russia all collide to make present-day Chechnya a special kind of hell. Stolen Brides, a stunning report from the BBC journalist Lucy Ash, investigates the tradition in the former Soviet republic of men kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage. This isn't anomalous – in a population of barely over a million people, at least one person a week mysteriously disappears. Some of them end up dead; many end up betrothed to a stranger.

Meryl Streep takes on her toughest role: the Iron Lady

She has played an Auschwitz survivor, a nuclear-reactor worker-turned- whistleblower, and the ruthless editor of a fashion magazine. Now Meryl Streep has been lined up to play the leading role in Thatcher, a biopic of one of the most controversial prime ministers in British history.

Media Lunch: Lorraine Candy, Editor, Elle Magazine

The venue: Truc Vert, a small café in Mayfair – because it's very near my office.

Brian Duffy: Innovative and irreverent photographer who caught the Swinging Sixties on camera

The inventive and innovative photographer Brian Duffy shot some of the best known pictures of the Swinging Sixties for magazines such as Vogue, Queen, Town and Nova in Britain, and Elle in France, and became as infamous as his friends and contemporaries David Bailey and Terence Donovan. His dynamic style of fashion photography and his playful portraits of Michael Caine, John Lennon and Harold Wilson leapt off the pages and embodied the free spirit of the era. In the 1970s, this irreverent, occasionally cantankerous character, moved into advertising and devised intriguing, effective and memorable posters and full-page ads for Benson & Hedges cigarettes and Smirnoff vodka, as well as the striking cover for David Bowie's first chart-topping album, Aladdin Sane.

Ugly Betty gets the axe

It's ugly news for all the fans of Ugly Betty. ABC says the series will be cancelled after this season.

Mad Men: The fashion label

The early-1960s sartorial elegance from the US advertising drama has inspired a line of clothing for wannabe Don and Betty Drapers. Susie Mesure reports

Carola Long: If you want to get on, be like the boss

It's not President Sarkozy's place to tell his colleagues to lose weight

Johann Hari: The fashion industry imposes a cruel burden on women

The prison of the unachievable body shape has replaced the prison of the kitchen
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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

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