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

It was the young Gaultier's teddy bear, not Madonna, who wore the first cone bra. Since then, fashion's bad boy has never looked back

the interview JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, FASHION DESIGNER TALKS TO BEN THOMPSON

Reviews: Comedy Eddie Izzard Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Eddie Izzard has now acquired the status of comedy untouchable. What other dispenser of stand-up, a low-brow art form if ever there was one, sends the big-hitter critics from the heavies scurrying for their pens. I don't recall Jack Tinker ever clamouring to review Billy Connolly. But then what other comedian can fill a West End theatre for months on end?

The look now standi; ng at platform four

Railways are the butt of a thousand jokes nowadays. These warm, woolly clothes recall a happier age, when train travel was fun and decidedly glamorous. Wearing them will put you firmly on the right side of the tracks

Feelgood factor: Scorpio

"Most people exercise to relax, but for me it's a job. Other people go to the office, I go to the gym. So to unwind, I run a huge bubble bath and have an old-fashioned soak.

You bought the T-shirt, now comes a whole outfit

Money/ entertainment sells; Casper's shape will be moulded into Heinz pasta, bubble bath, M&S cakes and ice-creams. The film's box office takings will be secondary.

The elves and the shoemaker

Think of a shoemaker of the Forties and Fifties and - if fashion history is your thing - you may well arrive at Roger Vivier. The man who created the slender, high-heeled shoes to go with Christian Dior's 1947 New Look, Vivier was so celebrated that Marlene Dietrich wore his heels in Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950). And Queen Elizabeth II wore shoes by this Frenchman to her coronation.

Taste: the final frontier

Jean-Paul Gaultier and Antoine De Caunes have published a weird guide. Dominic Cavendish attends the trash bash

FASHION C'est chic: putting on the style

Les sapeurs are quite simply the best-dressed men in town, with an attention to sartorial detail that dazzles and delights ture that Frances McLaughlin-Gill made fashion photography into an art-form. Martin Harrison introduces a celebration of her

Well, blow me if it isn't a spanner

One has, of course, to remember that sex isn't the most dignified of pastimes in the normal run of events. If you worry about the way you look while you're at at it you're probably not enjoying yourself enough. So if you see a girl wearing a fake Jean Paul Gaultier bra with metal tassels dangling off the points, try to resist the urge to laugh: she's either having fun or she's making a TV documentary.

There's more to life than aftershave

Paco Rabanne takes time out from saving the world to bring his new collection to London. Robin Dutt meets him

The 50s: a decade when women wore pink meringues

Prom frocks and arch glamour from the Fifties are returning to the forefront of fashion and to the cinema screen. Marion Hume reports

Fashion: Pretty in Paris: The audience was still in standard black, but the catwalks were awash in pastel and watercolour. In her first bulletin from the shows, Marion Hume sees Paris wipe that fierce expression off her face and adopt a softer, sweeter mood

Paris is pretty in pastels. Where latterly there were the stark, dark colours of deconstruction, now the fashion world's capital is a watercolour wash of duck-egg blue, frosted violet and the palest primrose . . . well, up on the catwalk at least. The audience, as ever, is in fashion-uniform black; but almost everywhere up under the lights there is pink.

Style: Well worn but none the worse for wear: Kate Moss, Bjork, Jean Paul Gaultier: they have all bought worn clothes from a small shop in West London. So has a chain store, reports Tamsin Blanchard

Frank Akinsete has a small shop in Portobello Green, west London, called Souled Out. It sells worn, sometimes threadbare, second-hand and recycled clothing. Similar clothes are available in Oxford Street: last summer, Akinsete started to supply Top Shop with the Souled Out line.

Men's fashion heading towards a three-way split

HE IS tanned to perfection, his stubble has been grown to a crispy 0.5cm and he is wearing a vanilla ice-cream suit, effortlessly, writes Alison Veness.

Size six, high heels, pink .. and made of paper

Rosa Fior's studio is like an illustration from The Elves and the Shoemaker. Delicate shoes, all singles, no pairs, hang neatly in rows above her cluttered workbench. From a distance the dangling footwear seems ordinary; mundane even. But look again: these brightly coloured objects are made from paper.
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