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Actress Emma Watson raised eyebrows with her admission that she owns only eight pairs of shoes. The Independent's Assistant Fashion Editor thinks she's got it just right

Shoppers clamour for high street chain's designer shoes

Hundreds of people braved the rain to queue outside H&M's central London stores from the early hours in the hope they would be allowed in to the Jimmy Choo shoe section.

Designer tie-ups: A high street love affair

A-list celebrities and fashion chains have forged enduring partnerships. But do they actually work? Susie Mesure reports

From 'hood to boardroom: Would you take career advice from George Bush and 50 Cent?

Get Motivated!" is plastered in large yellow letters at the top of a garishly-designed website. Below this powerful call to arms are various toothy mug shots of motivational speakers. They are all due to appear at a forthcoming seminar for businessmen in Fort Worth, Texas. A sports star here, a bestselling author there, and...hang on – didn't that guy used to be President?

In the genes: Retail blue blood opens discount club

Elizabeth Sieff, a descendant of the Marks & Spencer founding family, has given up her high-flying City banking career to launch a new club called Little Emperors.

Howard Jacobson: The eroticism of high heels disappears once they reach seven inches

I spent my first term’s student grant on stilettos for the girl I loved

Jimmy Choo budget range set for high street

Fashion-lovers will be able to buy designer Jimmy Choo shoes for a fraction of their usual price tag when a new range goes on sale at H&M.

Sophie Gittins: She's hot on the heels

Sophie Gittins is an Essex girl with an eye for a nice shoe. But no jokes, please. Because the young designer is already hobnobbing with Jimmy and Manolo

Choose shoes as good as Choo's, says China's 'Choo'

Designer wants Chinese factories to stamp out copies and make original footwear

Rebecca Adlington: 'I really missed it, the whole atmosphere. Getting back to normal life was really hard'

In the last of a series of interviews with the men and women who helped make Beijing 2008 Britain's best Olympics, Ian Herbert talks to the golden girl who captured the country's heart

Adlington family set off to watch their daughter aim for second gold

Steve and Kay Adlington will embark tomorrow on a long-planned journey from Mansfield to China to watch their daughter Rebecca compete in her first Olympics in her best swimming event, the 800m freestyle, which starts on Thursday.

Can Bremont's venture really go like clockwork?

They've launched a luxury goods business into the teeth of a downturn but the founders of Bremont tell James Moore their time has come

Hotel Of The Week: W Istanbul, Istanbul

This isn't just a place to stay for the night, it's Istanbul's vision of the future

Cecelia Ahern: Nepotism, escapism and Catholic guilt

The daughter of the outgoing Irish prime minister has made her own name with a series of wildly successful romcoms.
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