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

Harriet Walker: Normal people need not apply

There's little conscience in the way that fashion is presented

Size-zero hero: Fashion's high priestess calls time on 'size zero'

'Vogue' admits to retouching photos as editor calls on world designers to stop producing clothes that even the skinniest models can't get into

Pandora: Purnell's plans seem a little familiar...

A sense of déjà vu has descended on Pandora following James Purnell's much-trumpeted announcement that alcoholics "might" be deprived of benefits if they fail to seek treatment. Have we heard this once before?

Great Works: Venus (1532), Lucas Cranach the Elder

Stadel Museum, Frankfurt Am Main

1,000 jobs cut at Freemans Grattan

Freemans Grattan Holdings (FGH), the home shopping group, is to axe more than 1,000 jobs as it cuts costs to help it trade through the recession. Its chief executive, Koert Tulleners, told the fashion magazine Drapers: "We are finalising consultations now, but I can confirm we are closing a warehouse in Peterborough, our office in London and a call centre in Bradford. This will affect more than 1,000 jobs."

Alice Hawkins: Girlie show

Showgirls, Page Three stunnas, socialites - they’re all supermodels to photographer Alice Hawkins, writes Susie Rushton

Fashion: Can you feel the LOVE?

Cool new fashion magazines are often as ephemeral as the trends they document, but you don't have to be a sartorial savant to know that one glossy set to hit newsstands this week is guaranteed style-bible status. How do we know? Well, LOVE, the bi-annual publication in question, just happens to be the latest offering from Katie Grand, the London über-stylist responsible for cult fashion mag Pop. Last year editor-in-chief Grand and her team of Popettes (rebranded the Luvvies) made a shock departure from Pop, and the hotly anticipated first issue of LOVE is the fruit of their latest labours.

Credit crunch hits high street fashion sales

New research suggests that the pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap ethos of the British high street may finally be on the way out. With more than one in three women now unable to justify the cost of keeping up with the latest fashions, the carousel of constantly changing collections – composed of cheap, disposable items – could soon grind to a juddering halt.

Launching a new fashion magazine is a bold move but Distill may have found just the right niche

"It's such a brilliant idea, I was a little peeved I hadn't thought of it myself," admits Colin McDowell, high priest of the fashion press and editor-in-chief of its latest offering, Distill, which hits the newsstands today.

Pocket money: This is the summer of small treats and big ideas

I have been trying to concentrate. Really, really concentrate on the financial news, but life keeps getting in the way. Yesterday's news that RBS is on the slide occupied my brain for some minutes, but then my tooth cracked into my muesli and now I'm looking at a £400 bill for a crown. It's difficult to think about the big picture when the close-up is so distracting...

Dorian Leigh: 'Supermodel' of the 1940s

An icon whose look and style defined the fashion world of the 1940s, Dorian Leigh is widely regarded as having been the first "supermodel". In 1946 she appeared on seven Vogue covers, and over the next six years was on more than 50 covers of such magazines as Life, Look and McCall's. In the early 1950s, she featured in a series of famous images for Revlon's "Fire and Ice" campaign promoting nail-polish and lipstick ("For you who love to flirt with fire; who dare to skate on thin ice"), ravishingly shot in a jewelled dress and red cape by Richard Avedon.

My Mentor: Dolly Jones on Alexandra Shulman

'she's not afraid to take on the controversial – she positively embraces it'

France bans websites promoting anorexia 'cult'

Internet sites and blogs which peddle the gospel of an "anorexic lifestyle" to teenage girls were outlawed by the French parliament yesterday. The law is the first attempt anywhere in the world to stamp out the "pro-ana" movement, a cult-like attempt to promote anorexia as a lifestyle which began in the United States eight years ago.

Still in 'Vogue' after all these years

Alexandra Shulman took over as editor of the iconic magazine 16 years ago, and still has a point to prove. Yet she doesn't like being a high-flier, she tells Ciar Byrne

As bold as Bourdin

Guy Bourdin’s photos remain as arresting and influential as they were in his heyday. Now a selection of his finest are up for sale. Susie Rushton reports
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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