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Julia Restoin Roitfeld: Provocative dressing, baby blogs - and why this model will never change her mind

I was shot by Mario Testino when I was 10 As a kid I was always posing for photos; even on holiday my mum [Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris] would take as many photo-posing moments as she could. We were trained in posing – and I hated it. But maybe that's why I can have fun when posing as a model now; I don't over-analyse or try too hard.

Jean-Paul Gaultier’s show was unfocused, messy and confusing

Cheetahs and Pussy Faster. It could only be Jean Paul Gaultier

It sometimes feels like things get lost in translation at the haute couture.

Sandals, £975, Charlotte Olympia, harrods.com

iStyle: Cut-out and keepers

Lasers aren’t just for astronauts and  Bond film baddies. Precision-engineered fashion is the latest hi-tech trend to hit  the high street, says Emma Akbareian

iStyle: The Blitz spirit

A new book tells the story of a ground-breaking fashion magazine, says Naomi Attwood

That Seventies show: jacket £145, shirt £75, chinos £69

Reiss’s new pieces

Unable to rely on the male equivalent of the ‘Kate effect’,  British label Reiss has chosen to update its younger offering, says Lee Holmes

Swimwear by AIIADE

Beyond the catwalk

Forget skinny malinks and clothes horses – the UK's first Plus-Size Fashion Weekend promises to show a different side of the industry

Rufus Wainwright, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Behind our host for the evening his name hangs in large, stylised typography on the sleek backdrop, looking like the logo of a branded clothing line and giving us the impression that we’re here for a runway show rather than a set of delicate, distinguished pop songwriting from the apex of pop’s greatest contemporary dynasty – son of Loudon Wainwright III and the recently departed Kate McGarrigle, brother of Martha and father to a child with Leonard Cohen’s daughter Lorca.

Crocs™ Bistro Mario Batali Edition

The ugliest shoes of all time

Be it for reasons of practicality or avant garde fashion gone wrong, the ugly shoe is a constant presence in our lives. New York Magazine has collated a gallery of the worst offenders.

Bodysuit with trompe l'oeil bra £29.99, jeans £39.99 and shoes £149.99

Dial H&M for avant garde on the high street

Maison Martin Margiela is the latest name in a series of designer collaborations. See you in the queue, says Gemma Hayward

A model striding down the catwalk, sporting a brand new creation by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato

Catwalk focus at Paris Fashion Week

Photographers capture a model striding down the catwalk, sporting a brand new creation by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato, who yesterday unveiled her spring-summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week.

One easy beauty trend to take away: face lace

Trending: This must be the lace – style's net best thing

The Paris couture shows may not be the stuff of our rather pedestrian existences but luckily there's one easy beauty trend to take away from them: face lace. That's right, lace on the face.

Raise a glass to Gaultier

It's been quite a week for top jobs in fashion. After six months of speculation, Hedi Slimane's appointment as Yves Saint Laurent's new designer, replacing Stefano Pilati, was announced during Paris Fashion Week.

Models on the Paris catwalk in creations by Jean Paul Gaultier

Amy's father upset at 'bad taste' Gaultier fashion show

The father of Amy Winehouse has accused a top fashion designer of cashing in on the late singer's death by using her as the inspiration for his latest catwalk show.

Karl Lagerfeld takes the applause after the Chanel haute couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris

Now that's a runway show... Chanel wows Paris's high fliers

Karl Lagerfeld transformed the interior of Paris's Grand Palais into a private jet for the spring/summer 2012 Chanel haute couture show yesterday. Perhaps he felt it would make the handful of clients wealthy enough to invest tens of thousands of pounds in a single, hand-worked garment feel at home. Certainly, Chanel besuited guests appeared delighted as they walked through the metal walkway and circular lounge to their airline seats. Drinks were served from silver trolleys, all beneath a blue sky projection scattered with clouds.

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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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