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Bubble tea is big in Asia and the US but now this strange brew – complete with tapioca 'pearls' – has reached the sipping point here, says Neela Debnath

We love: Tats the way to do it - Getting inked may still upset the twin set and pearls brigade, but tattoo artist Horiyoshi III has built up a cult following. As has a range of clothing inspired by his designs, which is adding denim for men. The Thiiird, harveynichols.com

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Leeds retail centre boost

FTSE 100 property giant Hammerson is to reignite plans for a stalled £600m development in Leeds that could reinvigorate a neglected area to the north-east of the city.

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Technicolor talons in rainbow hues and pretty pastels will brighten your day even when the sun isn’t shining

Bugle bead dress, £565, by Hakaan, houseofhakaan.com; rose-bud sandals, £705, by Nicholas Kirkwood, 5 Mount Street, London W1, 020-7290 1404

Night moves: Max out on minidresses

High hemlines, high prices, but such high glamour, too...

Saul says: 'was struggling to get Harvey Nichols to accept my concept...then Mary came in like an Exocet'

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Sweater, £830, by Marc Jacobs, from net-a-porter.com; sunglasses, £12, from asos.com
We Love: Burberry - Ahead of the curve with all things digital, Burberry has released exclusive tracks in collaboration with Brit bands to launch its new eyewear collection before hosting gigs around the world next month too. burberry.com

The Fashion Audit: Burberry, Post-poo drops, YMC and Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols escapes ad censure

Upmarket department store Harvey Nichols has escaped censure following complaints that a Christmas ad showing women doing the "walk of shame" was offensive and demeaning.

Lace top, £1,110, by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 5 Portobello Green, London W10, 020-8968 1542; silk skirt, £927, by Rochas, from Joseph, 16 Sloane St, London SW1, 020-7235 1991; earrings (worn throughout), £320, by Prada, 16-18 Old Bond St, London W1, 020-7647 5000

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Harvey Nichols sees profits soar

In a sign that the megawealthy keep on spending, Knightsbridge landmark Harvey Nichols has seen pre-tax profit before charitable donations soar38 per cent to nearly £16m.

Simon Kelner: High streets are closing; we should heed Mary Portas

Sometimes it's hard to believe we are beset by deepening economic gloom. Here in London, it's well nigh impossible to get a table in a top restaurant, and the department stores are packed to bursting.

Jacquard long pants, £485, Satin stretch shirt with lipstick scarf, £510, and glam soft mohair boxy caban jacket, £1,020, with acid Mongolian scarf, £1,500, all by Gucci, 18 Sloane Street, London SW1, 020-7235 6707; stone ring, £180, by Erickson Beamon, 38 Elizabeth Street, london SW1, 020-7259 0202

History lessons: Get flirty with Forties-style glitz and glamour

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Mark Ravenhill is to write at the RSC in Shakespeare's home town

Shakespeare and F*%!ing: Mark Ravenhill at the RSC

Mark Ravenhill, the controversial playwright with a talent for shocking audiences, was this week revealed as the new writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford may never be the same again. John Walsh imagines what the author of 'Shopping and Fucking' might do with the Bard's poetry

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