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Kate Moss turns 40 today, and is still treading the boards for designers from A(lexander McQueen) to Z. Well, to Louis Vuitton, at least. Alexander Fury celebrates the life and career of the fashion’s longest-lasting catwalker.

Ready To Wear: A Passion for PJs

Are you the sort that secretly goes out in your pyjamas and a man's overcoat to buy the papers and a latte of a Sunday morning? More importantly, do you actually mind if you run into someone when in such a state of sartorial disarray? The good news is that, should such an unexpected rendezvous occur, over the next six months at least, it will not be seen as a fashion faux pas. Instead, any onlookers may pause gravely, nod wisely, and gaze on in admiration. You are a total slob no longer, my friend. Instead you are, wait for it, on trend.

Dior's shimmering couture suits the greedier 21st-century eye

The summer haute couture season kicked off in Paris yesterday with a typically audacious statement courtesy of John Galliano for the house of Christian Dior.

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Ready To Wear: Ossie Clark

Is it just me, or is it not a little strange that an Ossie Clark collection is being relaunched? Of course, the need to keep the world's big brands going, often for largely commercial reasons, is nothing new. The likes of Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior may be long gone, but the houses they lent their names to are booming in the hands of some of today's most fêted designers - in this instance, Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano, respectively.

Ready To Wear: Fashion's true colour

"The one thing the women who buy our clothes have in common is that they are strong, even severe," says Alber Elbaz, the feted creative force behind the Lanvin label. "They are independent and free. They are not going to wear banana or pistachio."

Is Parisian couture stuck in a timewarp?

The Paris couture shows were sensational. But, asks Susannah Frankel, are the clothes so steeped in history they risk being irrelevant?

The licence-fee battle the BBC was never going to win

Mark Thompson proved no match for the iron-willed Chancellor

Dave Hill: Embarrassing Dad Syndrome, by Royal Appointment

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My Mentor: Adrian Clark On Ray Petri

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Dior changes direction with a show stripped of the usual flash

Stripped of the cartoon glamour and self-conscious flash that has dominated the Christian Dior catwalk for many seasons, John Galliano's show yesterday was a lesson in how a designer with a clear vision can maintain the relevancy of a fashion brand. It was a timely reminder.

Fashion & Style: We could be heroes

Military style came marching down the Paris catwalks this week. Even Napoleon was there.

Fashion & Style: Dressed for excess

Couture clients are the world's most demanding shoppers. Susie Rushton finds plenty to please them in the Paris shows

How to have a holistic holiday

The festive period needn't mean piling in the food and lounging on the sofa. Diet and fitness experts share the secrets of a happier, healthier break

Paris show rocks to Galliano's frocks

John Galliano is famed for travelling to far-flung cultures in search of inspiration. In Paris last night at his spring/summer 2005 show, a thundering Nirvana soundtrack, crystal-encrusted psychedelic prints and army boots suggested destinations familiar to British music fans: Glastonbury, or any one of the other rock festivals where a sense of the absurd is always in fashion. For accessories, Galliano plundered the cheerfully weird wardrobe of acid-trippers for inflatable hats, deely boppers and helium balloons that bobbed behind the models.

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