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The Italian tyre manufacturer gathered six of the world's top models and two renowned fashion photographers for celebration photoshoot

The Fashion Audit: Go girl, Save The Dolphin, and Engrave name here...

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Agyness Deyn: Britain's next top... actress?

She is forging a stage career away from the catwalk – and she's not alone. Harriet Walker looks at the other supermodels who've diversified

Model Scouts: Spotting a face in the crowd

Reality TV may have made amateur model scouts of us all, but it's not that easy to spot a winning look, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Simply Red star Mick Hucknall apologises to hundreds of sexual partners

Simply Red star Mick Hucknall has issued "a public apology" to the hundreds of women he slept with at the height of his fame.

Diary: A pair of Blow-Up models

Last week David Gandy D&G's favourite budgie-smuggler, kept us guessing as to the details of his first acting role, in a film he's shot with fellow model Helena Christensen. Cornered at the Triumph Inspiration Awards, Christensen, was more forthcoming than her co-star. Turns out the short is a tribute to Antonioni's 1966 classic, Blow-Up. Its director is Edoardo Ponti, son of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, who produced the original movie about a fashion photographer embroiled in a murder. Gender roles reversed, the tribute features Christensen (herself a snapper) as the photographer, with Gandy in the blessedly unchallenging role of one of her models. "I have huge admiration for actors; it is one of the strangest places you can go with yourself," said Christensen airily. "I wanted to push myself into a situation where I'm pulled out of a comfort zone and put in a very challenging place... It was an amazing experience." Essex-born Gandy's description was somewhat earthier: "I haven't had a single acting class," he told me, "[so] I was really bricking it."

Ready to Wear: Make-up in summer is not high up on my agenda

Safe in the knowledge that I'm obsessed with what every other woman carries in her summer beauty bag, here follows the contents of mine.

Slacker chic: Why grunge is the trend that refuses to die

The 1990s are taking over the catwalks again with elegant updates of the functional, minimalist street style embodied by grunge and the Riot Grrrls. And unlike the short-lived 1980s revival, this one looks set to last, says Harriet Walker

Turning the other chic: Will real men wear Matthew Williamson's new menswear range?

He has made fans of Kate, Sienna and the high street with his bold and bright boho designs. Now he's turning his sights on the other half of the population with his first menswear range

A room of my own: Fashion designer Jemima French opens the doors to her home studio

Jemima French launched her fashion line Frost French with childhood friend Sadie Frost in 1999. Since then, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jerry Hall have all modelled for the label. French, who is 44, lives in Camden, north London, with her boyfriend, Francis Ridley, and her four daughters, who are aged between seven and 19. Frost French has two London shops, in Islington and Soho. For details or to shop online, visit frostfrench.com

Dress Code: Louise Redknapp, TV Presenter

What are you wearing right now?

Golden Goose boots, a vintage checked shirt, stonewash jeans by J Brand and a new underwear set from Triumph called Daisy Desire – I've just discovered it, and it gives me wonderful shape and support.

A very merry birthday: The festive season can leave those born on 25 December feeling short-changed

Christmas baby Joanna Biddolph offers a guide to celebrating with sensitivity

Sexy sportswear: Tracksuit bottoms up!

Comfy joggers have been given the high-fashion makeover this winter, and these luxurious versions are flying off the shelves

My Secret Life: Helena Christensen, Supermodel, 40

My parents were ... a dream to have.

Portraits of Peru: Why supermodel Helena Christensen returned to her roots

This autumn model-turned-photographer Helena Christensen travelled to Peru, her mother's homeland. These startling images are a record of what she found there: lives perilously close to catastrophe

Knickers to the crunch: Agent Provocateur plays it risky with its latest, darkly erotic ad

The lingerie company Agent Provocateur has never played it safe – could that be why it's bucked the economic downturn, Rhiannon Harries asks founder, Joe Corre
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