Life and Style

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

Cannon fodder

From 'Revenge of the Ninja' to 'Delta Force', director / producer Menachem Golan is noted more for the quantity than the quality of his output. Geoffrey Macnab met him on the Croisette in Cannes, where this year, like every other year since 1965, he has been promising more than he can possibly deliver

Interview: Nicky Clarke - How Nicky got our heads round a pounds 250 haircut

So, to Nicky Clarke's Mayfair salon, past one of those receptionists whose own hairdo looks as if it's been created with a spirit level and who says "y-e-e-e-s?' in a way that means: "Wouldn't you be better off at Curl Up & Dye on the Holloway Road?"

Thongs ain't what they used to be

No longer consigned to the bedroom, this season the G-string is the lingerie of choice for gym bunnies and fashion slaves alike. Their mission: to banish VPL. James Sherwood reports

Trainspotting, Spice Girls and Gucci pants: Bishops reveal their worldly wisdom

Nineties bishops know their Spice. Far from living in the Dark Ages, Britain's clergy are up to speed on popular culture, with a working knowledge of the Spice Girls, Trainspotting and Georgio Armani.

Style police: They've gotta have it

James Sherwood on designer waiting lists for fashion victims

Why Paul and Tim won't ever be Kate and Naomi

Sorry boys, it's a woman's world on the catwalk. Hester Lacey on why male models don't make household names

Wife arrested over Gucci gangland murder

Rome - The gangland-style killing of the fashion heir Maurizio Gucci took a dramatic twist yesterday when police arrested the businessman's ex-wife on suspicion of ordering his murder two years ago.

RSPCA to act over Gucci horses

The RSPCA is considering legal action after more than100 emaciated and neglected Arab horses were found on the estate of the late fashion guru Paolo Gucci.


Outsize, plus sizes, 16-plus - call it what you will - is a contentious issue. If you fall into the "normal" range of 10-14 you have no idea how frustrating it is for the majority of women who are size 16 plus to go shopping and find that what they like isn't in their size. To these women, shopping isn't a pleasure, it is a chore. Every "size 14 is the largest size we do, madam" from assistants reminds them that to someone high up in the design chain, they don't exist. To my mind, there is no excuse for not doing at least a size 16, and in an ideal world, I'd like to see all clothes available up to a size 20. But let us hand over to the shops and designers that dictate what we wear. We chose 15 non-specialist labels and asked them what sizes they make; if they didn't do at least a size 16 we asked them why not. Only one of those contacted, Kookai, proferred a "no comment". But there were also some pleasant surprises - such as the fact that Armani goes up to a size 18 and Jean Muir to size 20. Well done. A great deal of the replies cited "lack of demand" for bigger sizes, so start demanding. We are compiling a directory of places that delight in making bigger sized clothes. If you'd like one send a large SAE (with two first class stamps), after 15 January to me at the usual address - mark it "size 16-plus". Here's what the powers that be said:

Good news: they're replacing me with an IT girl

I've been told that we need to get a bit of bone into the paper, a bit of class, almost as if we were owned by Mr Murdoch. My part in this enterprise is to become a woman. Not, you'll understand, a woman who by skill and application, by endless reading and thought, by constant discourse among the people of this world from high to low, coupled with technical excellence in the deployment of your men the Words, has earned her the right to my column and your attention.


Maxi, maxi, maxi is all I hear this autumn, along with brown, brown, brown. This is no news to me, because my skirts have been either short or very long for years. Despite what fashion dictated, I never had anything to do with all those in-between lengths: on the knee, just above the knee, mid-calf. What tosh. Quite frankly, who has the time? It's either short or long. The nice thing about this maxi stuff is that the general idea is fairly classic, so if you don't buy anything too obviously "now" (geometric prints; too fitted; Seventies shaping) then you can wear it lots. Slightly clumpy heeled boots or shoes, or flatties if you prefer, are the shoe shape to wear with maxi styles. And long flowing scarves. But remember Isadora and make sure it's tucked in before you drive off.

expose the zone

In Milan last spring, Tom Ford at Gucci produced a stunning take on the slinky Seventies and Studio 54. His white jersey column dresses had cut-outs which framed and defined erogenous zones: curving cleavage, neat navel, or the sinuous line from underarm to waist. Now those dresses are in Gucci boutiques across the world and being snapped up by ladies with large bank balances - who're also showing off in Clements Ribeiro. Happily for the rest of us, Warehouse, the affordable high street chain, has alternative means of self-exposure. Melanie Rickey

Autumn fashion: Fine and dandy

Wonderfully decadent shoes, intricately beaded bags, and gleaming trinkets - opulence is alive and well and unashamed. Styling by Jo Adams. Photographs by Kate Plumb

Six of the best tennis outfits

1Strap and button tennis dress, pounds 65. This heavy cotton aertex "waffle" dress is just one of Peri Ashby's latest range of elegant tennis dresses. John Lewis 0171-828 1000; Harrods 0171-1234; Lillywhites 0171- 930 3181.

fashion Gone to print

This spring, printed fabrics are the surest way to update your wardrobe. We are not talking florals or polka dots, but more everyday prints, where the illusion of texture is the key. Carpets, wallpapers and curtains from the Seventies have been rediscovered and redefined to make a new kind of hip. And suddenly Missoni, the Italian label that has specialised in multicoloured knitwear for 26 years, looks totally of the moment. But, to be truly crafty, beat the designers at their own game and trawl second-hand shops for Seventies originals - the trashier the better
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