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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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