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Jean-Paul Gaultier to launch lingerie line

Jean-Paul Gaultier is launching a lingerie line. The French designer - famed for developing Madonna's Conical bra for her 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour - has developed a "provocative" lingerie collection Italian brand La Perla.

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A Danish crime drama is at the vanguard of a continental invasion

Sexy, stylish, sixty: Why pensioners are having all the fun

Advertisers take heed – the booming consumer market is not young and funky, it's old and wrinkly. John Walsh heralds the power of the grey pound

Gaultier can-cans on the catwalk

The flamboyant French designer Jean Paul Gaultier channelled the spirit of the Moulin Rouge at his catwalk show in Paris yesterday.

Look back in grandeur: Highlights from the greatest shows on Earth

As another round of haute couture collections begins in Paris, Susannah Frankel recalls her highlights from the greatest shows on Earth

Lingerie firm cashes in on burlesque boom

Sales of Gossard lingerie have soared by 65 per cent in the past year, thanks to the recent craze for racy burlesque fashions and dancing.

Niche off the leash: Val McDermid on progress in lesbian fiction

A decade ago, she was told that writing a novel with a lesbian theme would be 'commercial suicide'. Now, gay writers are mainstream. Here, Val McDermid charts the cultural shift that began with Radclyffe Hall

David Chaloner: Poet whose writing was informed by his work as a designer

For those who knew the poet and designer David Chaloner the loss of his death is softened only by the great affection and the fine body of work that he leaves. "Console me in my absence because of my absence / Console my absence in place of me" (Art for Others, 1998). His Collected Poems (2005) runs to 435 pages and demonstrates what the late Andrew Crozier, in a cover note, described as its "variousness and power to astonish" and its "core consistency". He worked in design from 1960 and his first published booklet came out in 1969.

Male model arrested in shooting probe

A boy of 17 who claimed to have turned his back on a life of crime to pursue a career as a top fashion model has been arrested following a shooting, it emerged today.

Boom time for haute couture as overseas demand soars

Top Parisian houses report 'spectacular recovery' from recession

Crystal Renn: Women as a whole don't separate sizes

Britain's Next Top Model is a reality TV show. Whoever wins it will find themselves facing a career in fashion, and lately the magazines and the runway shows have been using a much wider variety of sizes – that's not a joke. Fortunately not everyone agrees with Julien Macdonald. Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld both think differently. So do others.

Dress code: Erin O'Connor

What are you wearing right now?

Some black leather shoes with brass toe caps by Miu Miu, funky frog Topman socks, black tailored trousers from Acne, a vintage Russian sailor’s top with a metallic polka-dot jacket by Victor and Rolf, and a classic Jaeger handbag.

Hit & Run: One hell of a sexy pitch

The family gathers on the sofa for a spot of Christmas telly. After a while, it's the advert break. The first commercial shows a nymph in couture running for what appears to be the Orient Express. Without warning she's in bed, scantily-clad, extending her delicate arms above her head in agony (or is it ecstasy?). The next moment she's having her neck nibbled by a handsome chap on the concourse of a grand station. She loves it. She communicates this in the only way she knows how: shooting an ennui-laden gaze into the sky. Meanwhile, Auntie Mabel is agog. She would have reason to ask: "What happened to the Susan Boyle Christmas Special?"

Chic, unique: Why Brigitte Bardot is back in vogue

As she approaches her 75th birthday, the original sex kitten is back in fashion

Pandora: 'Wizard of Oz' lined up for Libertas campaign

There is disappointment in the Conservative Party's ranks following news that Lynton Crosby is being lined up to run the far-right party Libertas's campaign for the European elections in June.

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