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From bird-shaped mirror necklaces to Middle Eastern masks...

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Non-fashion people (as the rest of the world is known during the microcosmic bubble of weirdness that is the international collections) never seem to believe that going to shows is hard work. Well, it is. And actually it's not just the late nights, early mornings and traversing a city six times before lunch – it's also the stress of what the hell to wear.

Lisa Markwell: When girls dress like this, are they not just trying to be more like mum?

Materialism is one thing, wanting to appear sexually available quite another

Does my bumbag look big?

It's the practical, sleek accessory beloved by market traders. But can it ever be stylish? As bumbags get a makeover, Carola Long takes the 1990s classic out for a test run

Dress code: Lulu Guinness

What are you wearing right now?

I'm in a Vivienne Westwood black dress, a Moschino cropped cardigan, and some Marni platforms.

Something French to declare

Bargain of the week

No frills around France

Trains usually constitute the best way to travel through France; Rail Europe (0844 848 4064; raileurope.co.uk) is one of several excellent agents selling tickets and rail passes in advance. But for long, awkward journeys – such as Nantes to Lyon – it is worth considering a no-frills flight; fares on this easyJet route can cost as little as €20 if you book in advance and fly off-peak. The airline also serves the airports of Basel (in French territory, on the Swiss border), Geneva (ditto), Montpellier, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse – plus the Corsican cities of Bastia and Ajaccio.

Charity jumble sale draws star crowd

Sunday is a holy day for bargain hunters, who flock to car parks and playing fields around the country to rummage through stalls of second-hand clothes, toys and bric-a-brac in the hope of finding a hidden gem. But while boot sale-goers wouldn’t spend hours queuing for the privilege, a fashion-conscious crowd arrived at the car park of London's Selfridges early yesterday morning in the hope of bagging a bargain and spotting some celebrities at a charity jumble sale.

The ten best leggings

Jazz up your outfit with a pair of these wonderful leggings.

Ain't life fadtastic? The A to Z of fads

From boob-tubes to Tamagotchi, human history is littered with ill-advised crazes. Rhodri Marsden looks back in wonder – and imagines what our future holds

Inside Lines: Could Giggs or horsepower undo Button for Beeb prize?

According to the bookies Jenson Button is in pole position – a virtual shoo-in at 2-1 on – to become Sports Personality of the Year. Not so, hint some BBC insiders, who sense that for the second successive year a Formula One world champion won't get the chequered flag on 13 December. Put your money on a current outsider, they suggest: Ryan Giggs, who would be the first footballer to carry off the trophy since David Beckham in 2001. An escalating Facebook campaign, allied to an anticipated massive vote from Wales, and Manchester United's nationwide supporters, is pushing 35-year-old Giggsy into the frame, so watch for his 40-1 odds to be slashed. We also like the suggestion of reader Anthea Hawkins that Button should be undone by wonder horse Sea the Stars. Keep looking in that mirror, Jenson. There are a couple of thoroughbreds coming up fast on the rails.

Howard Jacobson: It doesn't matter if there's a recession or not, because Armageddon is on its way

It’s business as before. Only this time with a hint of maniacal defiance

Fit for the front row at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week may be less polished than Paris or New York, but its audience is an altogether cooler crowd.

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