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Grand designers: Inside the homes of Vivienne Westwood and Giorgio Armani

From the monochrome chic of Giorgio Armani to the blousy beauty of Vivienne Westwood, clothes have the power to delight us. But what of the houses that the fashion creators inhabit? They are, of course, as stylish and inspiring as you’d expect and, thanks to ‘The World of Interiors’, we can take a peek behind the front doors.

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Tap into tapestry

For an opulent but original take on homespun fabrics, take samplers as your inspiration and drop some serious stitches, says Charlotte Owen

The 10 Best women's watches

Time for a change? From dive-proof to dainty, here's our pick of bang up-to-the-minute wrist candy

Sales rises are in the bag for Gucci owner PPR

Delicately woven leather Bottega Veneta bags and finely made Yves Saint Laurent fashions helped their owner prove there is not a luxury goods sales slowdown.

The celebrity brides who want to be pink ladies

You might not think of Jessica Biel, Gwen Stefani, Jordan and er, Charlotte Brontë as being like-minded souls, but these women – along with actresses Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon – all eschewed traditional white on their wedding days and decided to think pink.

Heaven for Leather: A smart and sexy trend

You don't have to be a biker or a rocker to tap into a trend that can be smart or sexy, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The dark nights return: Inspiration for your beauty regime this autumn

Look to the catwalks for atmospheric and geometric inspiration in your beauty regime this autumn

On the catwalk at Moschino

Make mine a mini

Gone are the days of the enormous IT-bag, says Harriet Walker. The new breed is small but stylish

The midas touch: Go over the top with this season's opulent baroque look

Styling: Gemma Hayward & Magda Bryk

The Bargain Hunter - M&S homeware and clothing sale

Marks & Spencer launched a huge, up-to-half-price sale earlier this week, which discounts selected items both in-store and online. The sale includes free delivery to more than 450 M&S stores in the UK, with many of the best buys available in the men's, women's and children's fashion departments. Outside of clothing there are some good offers on M&S homeware. Pay particular attention to the glassware section, where a floral bubble jug has been reduced from £22.50 to £15, and Marcel Wanders Martini glasses are available for just £5.

Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Fashion: Ooh, Karl, we don't know where you find the time

Yesterday was a big day for Karl Lagerfeld. Not only did he present his spring 2013 collection for Chanel, he also announced the opening of a new own-line boutique in Paris next February.

Ready to Wear: If you like Miu Miu, you'll love the next series of The Killing...

"Guess what I'm watching?" texts my friend and The Independent's unofficial Denmark correspondent, designer Peter Jensen. "The Killing, series 3. And it's fucking good." The series had premiered in its home country that evening.

The Bargain Hunter - La Redoute offers online fashion deals

The online clothes retailer La Redoute is offering 25 per cent off all full-price items in its Autumn-Winter 2012 and Spring-Summer 2012 collections until Sunday 7 October.

Michael McIntyre, The O2, London

If there had been a spot for stand-up in the London 2012 closing ceremonies, it would surely have gone to Michael McIntyre.

The 10 Best men's fragrances

Whether an old favourite, new launch or bestseller, these scents are sure to please even the most masculine of sensibilities

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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