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For the new season, don’t just change what clothes you wear – opt for a hardier fragrance as the weather begins to chill

Gucci murder trial takes baffling twist

WHAT sort of defence can there be for a woman who tells everyone how she'd like to see her ex-husband dead, shows little emotion when he is gunned down outside his office, and acts utterly unsurprised when the police arrest her for his murder?

Style Police: Pink is the colour, Gucci is the name

That's another fine colour they've got us into... but not from head to foot, if you're wise

What the best-dressed tables are wearing

Forget the wardrobe - the dinner table is the latest place to show off your designer labels.

Gucci's former lover loses cruelty appeal

Penny Armstrong, the former lover of the fashion tycoon Paolo Gucci, yesterday had her sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to horses increased after magistrates rejected an appeal.

Fashion: add a little extra

Accessories for the Christmas season that are as good to give as to receive

Style: Saint Michael's most coveted

Marks & Spencer has discovered a secret: women will buy as many velvet shirts as they can produce. Hardly surprisingly, it's not a secret anymore. Holly Davies unravels the tale behind the shirt on everyone's back.

Fashion: The shining

Dallasty dressing - late Seventies/early Eighties glitz - is back on the fashion agenda along with Saturday Night Fever revivals, Lurex boob tubes and disco fever. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Donna Trope.

Gucci mistress banned for cruelty to horses

The mistress of the late Paolo Gucci, grandson of the founder of the fashion empire, was banned yesterday from keeping horses for five years after admitting 11 charges of causing unnecessary suffering.

LA life

'Any woman would get suspicious when you're with a guy who's so hot for you one day that you'd think he was auditioning for a B-movie, and then the next day he'll pass up suspenders and a wonderbra in favour of reading a K-mart catalogue. It didn't make sense.'

The big easy comes to town

For slouch potatoes, the bigger and baggier the better, says James Sherwood

New SEASON New TRENDS

August isn't over yet, but in the shops it's already autumn. It may be too early to be buying a winter coat, but if you're in the market for a new suit, dress or even lipstick, the following 12 pages of key catwalk looks will show you what to search for. Tamsin Blanchard and Melanie Rickey report

High and chic

get the look ... and get it right

Versace ready to float on

Brother and sister will pick up listing plan, reports Robert Cox

Gucci herd reined in by receivers

Nine sleek-coated brood mares graze contentedly in a paddock in West Sussex, foals at their sides. In a neighbouring field, half a dozen muscular colts circle one another playfully. In the distance, the roof of a Tudor manor house is just visible.

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions