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Hot fuzz: Break out the autumn fur

Fur is big news for autumn, but animal lovers need not fret – faking it has never been easier, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Dolce & Gabbana back in focus with gilded camp and Nineties energy

Sunday’s Marni show, opening the penultimate day of the Milanese shows, was paraded in silence. That wasn’t an intellectual exercise in focus: the power was out, or as the Italian press aides described it: “We have a technical disease.”

Tuscany on sea: The state-of-the-art Marina di Scarlino at Maremma

Do you want to stake a claim in Tuscany's 'last frontier'?

Investment opportunities on the southern coast of the famous region are opening up

The Conversation: Mary Katrantzou, designer

'Black is the natural fall-back to cleanse your palate, and to have a uniform. But look at any designer, and you'll see the way they dress isn't extravagant.'

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Milan Fashion Week: Versace - inspired by the girl in the street? Must have been glamazon alley, Donatella

This year – like every year – Versace is about boldness, brashness, and even crassness

Clothes speaking a young language for Fendi

The Kaiser shows he’s in charge of his kingdom: Karl Lagerfeld defies his age in Milan with a collection of lightness and modernity

Italian press releases love a “protagonist”. It’s a word applied to everything from chantilly lace to a bamboo-handled handbag. But surely the real protagonist of a fashion collection is the designer, the hand behind the clothes we see on the catwalk? They’re the most important characters in the whole thing, after all.

Models present creations for fashion house Gucci as part of the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collections

Milan fashion: Frida Giannini's motherhood brings fresh passion to Gucci's spring

Lots of designers compare designing a collection to having a baby. It's painful, first of all. And hard work. Many resort to drugs to cope. In Milan, where the presentation if the spring/summer 2014 collections began today, you can add the idea that it starts with sex, given the sensual nature of most Italian fashion. It's also a new beginning, new life and hope. That sappy suff.

Profits in the bag for Hermès as Asia's passion for luxury fashion returns in style

The high-end French handbag maker Hermès posted another forecast-beating set of figures as the global desire for £6,000 handbags and silk scarves failed to wane.

Rocking it: punk plaid on the catwalk at Moschino

Never mind the Punk here’s the fashions

Punk. It’s one of those slightly dodgy fashion trends that rears its head every few years, generally amid much heated ideological debate.

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iStyle: Midi marvellous

Forget maxi-skirts and minis, this season’s hemline has gone mid-length says Emma Akbareian

Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2013, hair by Redken

Lady and the tramp: This season's hair, nails and make-up

This season’s beauty is a tale of two cities, take your pick from urban grunge and old-school glamour, says Emma Akbareian

Emirates Team New Zealand, had to pull out of the second race as the complex hydraulic control system failed when they were leading comfortably

Emirates Team New Zealand pulls out of Louis Vuitton Cup final race after technical failure

Complex hydraulic control system fails while they were leading comfortably

Lady and the tramp: Urban grunge and old-school glamour

Update your hair and make-up for a whole new look. Take your pick from urban grunge and old-school glamour

The 10 Best autumn menswear

Step out in style this autumn with our selection of clothing and accoutrements for the gentleman about town

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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