Beauty vending machines are in vogue at the moment

Forget stale Doritos, flat Fanta or a squashed Mars bar: Chanel's new vending machines arrive at Selfridges

Forget stale Doritos, flat Fanta or a squashed Mars bar after swimming. This is the 21st century and vending machines have gone upmarket. Chanel has set up its new machine, which dispenses mascaras instead of the usual disappointing swag, in Selfridges.

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Anthony Rose: 'There's now so much superb syrah produced in so many countries'

The biggest curveball in the Pol Roger 60th anniversary blind wine tasting between Oxford and Cambridge last month was the extraordinary 2009 Kongsgaard Syrah, Hudson Vineyard, California. An inky syrah of peppery violety intensity, it was the only New World syrah to sit alongside the other 11 classic wines. Tasted blind, it was a particularly tough nut to crack because there's now so much superb syrah produced in so many countries.

Woof justice: barrister sues Harvey Nicks over 'assault' after 'tiny' dog-in-handbag incident

A barrister is suing Harvey Nichols for up to £1m after claiming security staff assaulted and imprisoned her when she attempted to take a “tiny” dog into its flagship London store.

Valley girls: all clothing LA’t, prices start from £70, available from Harvey Nichols, 109 - 125 Knightsbridge SW1, 020 7235 5000, harveynichols.com; and Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1, 020 7730 1234, harrods.com

Fashion rules in the city of angels

Forget bandage dresses and bling, off-duty LA style has finally been rehabilitated

Mulberry fights back with expansion strategy

After warning of lower profits the luxury brand aims to boost margins

The best Christmas gifts for the foodie

Main image: hand tray by Fornasetti, £175, Liberty; macarons, from a selection, Laduree

Christmas gifts for the beauty queen

Main image: The Print Collection eau de parfum perfumes by Stella McCartney, 30ml, £34.20 each, John Lewis; frames, from £5, John Lewis

Biggest ever law scholarship programme launched by KCL

King’s College London today unveiled Europe’s biggest ever law scholarship programme, offering up to 80 awards worth over £2m. The scheme will include up to five £90,000 scholarships over three years for Law PHD students, a record individual amount ever offered for legal research.

Sex pistol: The punk look is back - just add attitude

Styling: Gemma Hayward

Liverpudlian ladies sample the wares in the beauty hall at the newly opened Harvey Nichols

A lorra, lorra lashes - why Scouse girls are the picture of glamour

Harvey Nichols comes to Liverpool – but can it make its mark in Britain’s best-groomed city?

Beauty: The best face masks

1. Blue/black berry enzyme mask

Harvey Nichols ‘wet with excitement’ ad cleared

Harvey Nichols attracted several complaints when they ran an advert in June featuring a picture of a woman and a man with a wet groin, and the accompanying text “The Harvey Nichols sale. Try to contain your excitement.”

Harvey Nichols wet advert cleared

An ad for a Harvey Nichols sale has escaped censure despite attracting 105 complaints that it pictured people who had apparently wet themselves with excitement.

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