Shadow of the spring

There may be snow on the ground but the new beauty season is upon us. Brighten up, says Rebecca Gonsalves

After being Miu Miu face, young actress Hailee Steinfeld attends Chanel's haute couture show wearing a bright Chanel clutch and adds the tres chic touch with a black beret

Gallery: Front row at the Chanel haute couture show

Celebrities attend to Karl Lagerfeld's haute couture dream at Paris' Grand Palais.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway with models during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais

Paris welcomes the haute couture dream of Chanel's Karl Largerfeld

Paris's Grand Palais was transformed into a towering forest for today's Chanel haute couture show, an idea that Karl Largerfeld simply dreamed up.

£165 dress, bag £75, Whistles, whistles.co.uk

Earn your stripes

Black and white makes a comeback for spring in pop art-inspired monochrome

Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with under-aged prostitute Karima El Mahroug

Silvio Berlusconi fails in fresh attempt to block 'Ruby' trial

Former PM requested trial, in which he is accused of having sex with an under-age prostitute, be halted during elections

Jumpsuit, £290, Maje (net-a-porter.com; 020-7493 5530)

Gemma tries it on: A night at Number 10

It's not every day a letter arrives with 10 Downing Street stamped across the envelope, but just before Christmas that day came.

Forever in blue jeans: Update your denim

Update your denim for spring by shaking up the cut and colour, or layer tone on tone for a fresh take on this old favourite

The Fashion Audit: Longchamp, python-embossed manicure and cuddly companions

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

London 2012’s Olympic Cauldron

Grand designs: Snapshot of the way we live now

Contenders for the Design of the Year awards will have you in a spin

Colour me happy: Prepare to wear your shades tone on tone

Draw inspiration from the spring collections of fashion's biggest names...

Face to watch: The Grinch
Junya Watanabe Spring Summer 2012, Paris Fashion Week

Gemma tries it on: 'I have embraced the flurry of sample sales that happen at this time of year'

My work life has got a bit glamorous lately. Well, the last three days anyway. My week started by being whisked off to Milan to attend a party thrown by Dodo, the Italian jewellery company. I then flew straight to Edinburgh for Chanel's unbelievably lavish Métier d'Art show (I'm still not sure if that really happened? It was dream-like). Then finally it was back to London for two pressing Italian engagements: Christmas drinks hosted by Dolce & Gabbana, and later on that evening, a candlelit supper in Burlington Arcade with Salvatore Ferragamo.

Chanel wraps up in Scottish cashmere

Market fears fashion house's softly, softly grasp of high-end craft firms. Laura Chesters reports

The best Christmas gifts for the sharp-dressed man

Main image: skull umbrella, £185, Liberty

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game