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Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury

Ready To Wear: There's nothing wrong with dressing in a jolly, exciting way

Why is it that most designers live in black, usually polo-neck sweaters, but insist that we must buy, buy, buy lots of jolly, bright and exciting clothes at great expense?" mused a reader of The Independent's online edition and following publication of a portrait of Céline's Phoebe Philo wearing just that garment on the cover of this paper's magazine last Saturday.

Beach Fashion: The heat of the moment

Forget reaching for lazy leisurewear – a trip to the beach is an occasion to warrant a wardrobe of its own, says Rebecca Gonsalves

UK firms are missing out on R&D cash, warns Digby Jones

Lord Jones, the former trade minister, will this week warn that British firms are missing out on millions of pounds of EU cash which is available for research and development.

Susannah Frankel: 'The kaftan is more windbreaker than style-setter'

It is important, in fashion as in all other areas of life, to know your own strengths. With this in mind, and if I have to say so myself, I have it nailed where classics are concerned. I know precisely where to find the perfect sweater, T-shirt, pair of jeans, tailored jacket/trousers, little black dress and coat. I know, too, that the only bag I'm ever likely to carry is a large and relatively simple one and that I'm wedded, perhaps improbably, given my chosen career, to flat shoes. Even poolside, I understand only too well that a pared-down black bikini and/or one-piece suits me best; no itsy-bitsy polka dot malarkey for me.

The Business On... Manfred Hell, co-founder, Jack Wolfskin

Crazy name, crazy guy?

Conditions make for a choppy start to the Sardinia leg of the Audi MedCup

The Bay of Angels was in wicked mood for the start of the Sardinia leg of the Audi MedCup, a mid-strength Mistral wind mixing a cocktail of gear-threatening conditions and changing fortunes.

Gerda's long quest for the truth: who sent my family to their deaths?

Seventy years after she fled her home town in Nazi Germany, Gerda Shenfield returned in search of answers. Liane Wimhurst went with her

Germany reinvents the au pair by recruiting army of older women

German au pairs may have a reputation for efficiency, but a Hamburg agency has now gone a step further by adding the ingredients of age and experience to the winning female export by providing a "granny au pair" service for stressed foreign families with young children.

The thin white duchess: Tim Walker captures the mercurial appeal of Tilda Swinton

As Walker's stark, striking and weirdly stunning set of pictures show, the actress has long been inspired by David Bowie

Asante: no let-up in quarter-final

Anita Asante does not believe England can afford themselves any self-congratulation for managing to avoid hosts Germany in the Women's World Cup quarter-finals.

Life after Galliano begins – but Dior still knows how to put on a show

For the first time in almost 15 years, the autumn/winter haute couture season opened in Paris yesterday with a Christian Dior show that did not feature John Galliano.

Hiding in plain sight: Germany's Neo-Nazis ditch skinhead look

Far-right groups are hoping to win votes by blending in with mainstream society – but they are still clinging to the hate crimes. Tony Paterson reports in Berlin

England set their sights on quarter-final berth

England will this evening face their toughest test to date at the Women's World Cup finals in Germany, Hope Powell's team taking on a Japan side described by the Birmingham City winger Karen Carney as "the Barcelona of women's football" in their third and final group game.

German food poisoning toll hits 48

Another victim has died in Germany's E.Coli outbreak, taking the total to at least 48.

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