Life and Style

How do five designers alight on the same obscure inspiration? How are ‘trends’ born?

Cut from a very different cloth

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado gets a fashion makeover, with a little help from the Opera Babes

How do I look?: Making the cut

Hairdresser Charles Worthington knew he was a fashion victim when, as a teenager, his heart skipped a beat over a pair of loons. Today he advocates healthy living, uses moisturisers and has even been known to have the odd manicure

Football: English ignorance bliss for Lambert

Euro 2000 Battle Of Britain: Phil Gordon hears why the Scots can count on priceless edge

HOTEL OF THE WEEK: BLAKES

Where is it?

Columns: Burning down the house

THIS WEEK I have one word to say to you: arson.

Fashion: Haute house atmosphere

Models stride down the catwalk in pounds 10,000 creations so outlandish that no one could ever wear them (and so heavy they can hardly be lifted). But, as the photographs of Gerard Uferas reveal, the haute couture collections are also a twice-yearly celebration of exquisite craftsmanship and sublime design. By Susannah Frankel

So you want to be hip? Grab a duvet and start stitching

It's odd, it's impractical and it adds inches to your hips - but it's the look for the autumn. Nathalie Curry has seen the future - and it's padded

Gaultier fashions an upmarket move

JEAN-PAUL Gaultier took the fashion world by surprise by announcing his intention to form a partnership with one of France's oldest and most famous luxury-goods labels, Hermes. Hermes has pledged to invest 150m francs ($15.6m; 35 per cent of the capital) in the Jean-Paul Gaultier Group, which includes haute couture, men's and women's ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance. It boasted consolidated sales of F85m in 1998.

No more Mr Smooth Guy

Banish that razor, says DOMINIC LUTYENS - the new trend is for beardy and bushy

Film: The bewitching Ms Bisset

Jacqueline Bisset might be best remembered for that scene in The Deep, but over the past three decades she has worked with some of the greatest names in film, from Chabrol to Houston. And now she's busier than ever. By John Walsh

Fashion: `I'm ready for my close-up...'

On Oscar night, clothes really can make the woman. (And, in some cases, her career.)

Parisians quarrel over crumbling cultural palace

A LEAKY glass roof, bolts falling from the framework, and foundations sinking into the ground: the Grand Palais, formerly one of the most visited exhibition halls in Paris, is in "a perilous condition", according to an official report leaked to the newspaper Le Figaro.

STYLE POLICE: Tie me up, tie me down

This is the season of the drawstring. Prepare to wear them on hems, necklines - even seams, says JAMES SHERWOOD
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Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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