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Whether you opt for sugary pastels or classic black, spring’s lightweight tailoring will instantly smarten your wardrobe, whatever the occasion

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A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder is on the run after he disappeared while on day release.

Make my day: Punk rocks the catwalk

Paris Fashion Week: Make my day - punk rocks the catwalk

While commerce remains at the forefront of the minds of the Paris Fashion Week designers, many of whom answer to luxury conglomerates such as PPR and LVMH, providing a fantasy and a sense of spectacle is king.

Spring fashion special: An essential shopping guide for the new season

From stripes and candy colours to animal prints and Sixties-inspired outfits, there's a way into the new trends to suit everyone.

TOPSHOP UNIQUE AW13

Topshop Unique autumn/winter 2013

Prince Charles is his hand at TV, guest-editing an episode of the gently fascinating Countryfile next month

Prince Charles's Countryfile - We get a sneak preview

Organic food magnate, humanitarian, heir to the throne, would-be defender of faith, father-in-law to Bucklebury’s most famous export – is there anything Prince Charles can’t do?

The 10 Best ski jackets

Here’s a range that does everything from keeping out an avalanche to making the wearer visible from several miles away

Freddie Fox and Rupert Everett

The Judas Kiss, Duke of York's, London

David Hare was wittily spot-on when he said recently that “there's a sort of line where you can't tell where Wilde ends and Rupert [Everett] begins”.  And Hare is not the only person to note a Wildean spirit in the prose of the actor's own two splendid volumes of autobiography – “the same heroic cheerfulness in the face of disaster”, as the dramatist puts it.

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

A model on the catwalk during the YMC show at the London Collections

Revolution chic: Berets and 1968 French-wear are the order of the day at London Collections: Men

It was a day of great British brands at the London Collections: Men today, but the designers behind them were clearly feeling a bit French.

'I'm dead': Teen predicts his own death on Facebook hours before being shot and killed by gang of muggers for $600 coat

16-year-old Raphael Ward was shot in the chest for refusing to hand over his jacket to a masked mugger in New York

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

Anatomy of a suit: How to make a suit the keystone of your wardrobe

Any Tom, Dick or Harry can put on a suit, but it's attention to detail that will make you stand out from the crowd. Whatever your job, a suit can be used as a keystone of your wardrobe. But how much to spend? What colour? Which collar? What cuff? Lee Holmes has the answers

All puffed up: It's time to pick up a puffa

Snuggly, squishy and suddenly cool again. You'll be glad of all that padding when the temperature drops, says cosy convert Harriet Walker

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