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Cuff it: Stiped silk bomber jacket £350, House of Hackney at Urban Outfitters, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Bombing around

Take inspiration from Sixties skinheads and post-modern punks, and don the only jacket you'll need all spring

Missoni boss is feared lost in plane crash

The last time news of the Missoni clan spilled beyond the fashion pages was in June, when Margherita, the 29-year-old heir to the Italian fashion empire, celebrated her marriage to racing driver Eugenio Amos with a deliciously over-the-top gypsy-style wedding party on the family's estate north-west of Milan.

Vittorio Missoni was among six people in the twin-engine plane, including his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, and two close friends with whom they had passed a New Year fishing holiday

The missing Missonis: how tragedy befell the first family of fashion

They're the clan who built a style giant without losing the common touch. But now a missing plane has plunged the Missonis – and Italy – into despair

A spring in your step

Forget the dregs of the winter sales and inject your wardrobe with some of the biggest trends of the pre-collections, says Gemma Hayward

Topshop make-up

Mistletoe and wine

Take inspiration from Sir Cliff for your beauty look this season, with berry lips that are as bold as you like, says Rebecca Gonsalves

French luxury goods group PPR buys Chinese jewellery brand Qeelin

French luxury goods group PPR has snapped up China’s answer to Tiffany – a Chinese jewellery brand called Qeelin.

How to be beautiful: Bright eyes

Bright colour on the eyes is tricky, even for the committed cosmetics-wearer.

Page 3 Profile: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, fashion designers

Another fabulous runway collection?

The best Christmas gifts for the geek

Main image: 'Pop' handset (for mobiles) by Native Union, £29.99, Selfridges

The best Christmas gifts for the gent

Main image: eclectic bronze shoe door stop by Tom Dixon, £145, Selfridges; selection of frames, from £5, John Lewis

Miu Miu Spring/Summer 13 resort collection

Behind the velvet rope

The fashion set's favourite label pops up in London with a temporary private members' club to launch its new resort collection

Vendée Globe: Almost half of all starters accused of breaking rules by the race committee

A slew of penalty flags is waving around the Vendée Globe fleet of singlehanders racing non-stop round the world.

I've discovered how to lose weight: fast

The problem with this amazing diet that I'm on is that it doesn't have a name. It all started during the Olympics when I was in France.

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