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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.'

Versace S/S14

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.

Jumper £35; shirt £25; skirt £30; boots £40; all by Dorothy Perkins; dorothyperkins.co.uk

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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas