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Waterproofing your wardrobe with practical, yet luxurious, purchases is a wise investment, says Emma Akbareian

Ready to Wear: My first ever Eve Lom facial

Susannah Frankel: Oxygen facials are said to plump up the skin of both Kate Moss and Madonna

Bags of style: At home with designer Bill Amberg

They swapped a chic Notting Hill flat for a 'poky' Victorian semi. But with a little ingenuity, the handbag designer Bill Amberg and the magazine editor Susie Forbes made it their own

Leading article: Golden age

Maybe you thought all that had gone out with the credit crunch; that the Damien Hirst sale set the seal on the age of excess and a return to the spare lines of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore was just around the gallery corner. If so, you would be wrong.

Kate Moss: the muse

She has long been the supermodel of choice for fashion designers. But Marc Quinn is only the latest in an long line of contemporary artists who find inspiration in the icon who transcended Croydon. By Arifa Akbar

A model who's worth her weight in gold (50kg, to be precise)

She has been the golden girl of the catwalk for years, but now Kate Moss has been given a £1.5m golden makeover.

Retro delights: Hats

Cheap trilbies may be ubiquitous in the needle-tracked world of Pete Doherty and Blake Fielder Civil but as Michael Bywater explains, the gentleman’s hat can be an altogether more eloquent affair

Kate Moss moves in – and fear of crime goes down

Of all the gifts Kate Moss has brought to her neighbours in north London – a rise in house prices, late-night partying, fading rockers – none has been welcomed as warmly as the latest: safer streets.

Hussein Chalayan: Kate Moss designing a collection is insulting

Hussein Chalayan's designs are embraced not only by the world of fashion, but by the art establishment too. Last year Andrew Graham-Dixon presented a documentary on his work for BBC2's Culture Show. "His work is as close to contemporary art as you can get," the esteemed critic argued, and anyone who has been privileged to witness the designer's breathtakingly original, high-concept womenswear presentations over the past 15 years will know just why.

Ready To Wear: The Kate Moss Years

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about The Kate Moss Years - the two-part Channel 5 documentary covering the life and times of Kate Moss that concluded last week - was the fact that the subject herself barely made an appearance. The odd moment of archive footage aside - David Bailey interviewing Moss in a greasy spoon for his excellent model documentary a good 10 years ago now; Kate appearing for, well, about 30 seconds on breakfast TV even longer ago than that; and the endless flashing of a filler snap of her aged about five aside, she was, for the most part, conspicuous by her absence.

Ready To Wear: Kate Moss turns classic

Well, Kate Moss certainly took Buy Nothing Day to heart this year. In fact, it's safe to say that it's Buy Nothing Month for Ms Moss, if the Daily Mirror is to be trusted. The paper ran a feature on the model last week, claiming that she had been wearing the same tuxedo jacket "10 times in the same fortnight", and running pictures to prove the point. This must, admittedly, be unprecedented. It is an extremely nice jacket, attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, although it might be vintage rather than new, and remarkably similar to one in her Christmas range for Topshop. Hmmm.

Doisneau's 'stolen moments' testify to Paris's lost heritage

The French photographer Robert Doisneau once said that he had done just three seconds of useful work in 50 years.

Miles Kington: There was a young driver called Herbert...

When he looked inside the bonnet he seemed to cast a spell upon it. He made the engine kick and roar
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