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Anna Dello Russo at Milan Fashion Week

Put the boot in: boot cut jeans

Unfairly maligned as 'mum jeans', the boot cut is fighting back. But, asks Rebecca Gonsalves, did the figure-flattering style ever really go away?

Richard Gere in ‘American Gigolo’

He was never just a gigolo...

The minimal look that made Richard Gere such a heart-throb is back in fashion. We could all learn from him, says Lee Holmes

Paolo Di Canio gestures towards fans during his time at Lazio

Errors and Omissions: ‘Dux’ on Di Canio's bicep? There's a problem in that construction

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GQ's Buzz Bissinger

Men who shop 'til they drop

If you believe the image portrayed in both the media and in cinemas (Confessions Of A Shopaholic, anyone?), addiction to spending is a solely female affliction. But the tale of Buzz Bissinger, a US author who has revealed an addiction to Gucci clothing, has shed light on what a damaging effect the disorder can have on men.

Get it on: Are you man enough to wear flowers on your shoes this season?

From camouflage to getting the Gatsby look, we reveal how to shop the new season...

Beyonce headlining Glastonbury in 2011

Sound Of Change Live: Beyonce and Florence Welch to headline charity concert

Beyonce, John Legend and Florence + The Machine are to headline a stadium charity show to raise funds for women's health, education and justice around the world.

Janet Jackson in 1987

Alexander Fury: I've long been obsessed with Rhythm Nation

Wear, what, why, when?

<b>All in one</b><br>
The royal blue silk jumpsuit looked as elegant as the intricate tulle dresses on the Valentino catwalk – and strapless too – another trend to emerge from the runway last week. Comme des Garçons sleeves were overblown and at Kenzo cotton jumpsuits were printed. At Loewe, they were constructed from leather.

Trends in pictures: Paris, je t'aime

The final round of international collections saw the strongest trends – including feathers – come home to roost

Ram-raiders smash Mercedes through doors of Gucci's Sloane Street store

Ram-raiders have used a Mercedes to smash their way into Gucci's flagship London store in Kensington.

Burberry Prosurm a/w 13

Plastic: A clear winner

With Perspex heels and vinyl bags, fashion has gone plastic fantastic for spring – just make sure you're up to the scrutiny, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Cara leads Chanel's autumn/winter 2013 show during Paris Fashion Week

Boots and chains mark Lagerfeld’s global domination

Karl Lagerfeld does not do things by halves. The Chanel designer has previously transformed the grand expanse of Paris’ monumental Grand Palais into a wind farm, an underwater lagoon and once even filled the landscape with giant crystals erupting from the ground.

After autumn’s Seventies flavour, designers have taken the Sixties as inspiration for spring

Let’s twist again: 2013’s 1960s redux

This spring, go back to the future with the space-age and swinging signatures of London’s hippest decade, says Gemma Hayward

Check mate: Some things are best in black and white

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How We Met: Nicky Haslam & Tony Glenville

'I know the name of every leading lady from the talkies on, which turned into this silly game'

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links