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iStyle: Aussie rules

Considering the selling points of Australia include its preponderance of sunshine and sandy shores, not to mention the strong economy and high quality of life, it’s little wonder that our friends down under are so skilled at creating covetable swimwear.

iStyle: Cruise control

Take summer-holiday packing first-class with luxurious, bold and bright transitional pieces, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Anna Piaggi - Flamboyant doyenne of fashion writers

Her legendary style was the antithesis of the stereotypical Italian look. For Anna Piaggi, sartorial paradise was not to be found in exquisite understatement, unadulterated luxury or the clashing of a few Florentine patterns.

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Michelle Obama's favourite label comes to UK shores with a bang, thanks to a campaign that features a cast of industry style icons

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Agenda: Lily Allen; Haider Ackermann; Joy of Living; Metronomy; famous

Wedding dresses are doing great business in Fashionland. All eyes may be on Kates Middleton (will she really wear McQueen?) and Moss (will she stand by Galliano?) but pop-retiree-turned-vintage-boutique-owner Lily Allen has stolen a measure of their thunder by revealing that she will be heading down the aisle in a frock from Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld after being spotted at the label's Paris studios. It knocks Pronuptia into a cocked hat, doesn't it?

The Diary: English National Ballet; Moby Dick; Sienna Miller; Shunt;

Top marks to English National Ballet for cashing in on the Black Swan buzz with a rushed-out addition to their Black & White show at the London Coliseum next month. Alongside works by Wayne Eagling and Suite en Blanc, the programme will now feature the dazzling black swan pas de deux from Swan Lake which gave Natalie Portman's ballerina so much trouble in the film (and not just because of its 32 fouettés). Forget the battle between black and white swan, though, there's a far fiercer contest hatching – between the kings of the catwalk. For one special performance Elena Glurdjidze will dance the black swan in a gothic ebony tutu designed by the British fashion favourite Giles. In 2009, the same prima ballerina performed the Dying Swan in a feather-light white Chanel confection by Karl Lagerfeld. That design drew unflattering comparisons with Big Bird – will Giles Deacon fare any better and win over the tutu traditionalists?

H&M 'going luxury' with new Lanvin collection

Designer collections for the high street have been around for years now so it takes something special to make shoppers sit up and take notice. Judging by the first look at the Lanvin collection for H&M yesterday, however, here is a panacea for collaboration fatigue.