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Close-up on dirty old men

September was also the month for photographers. First there was David Bailey with his Channel 4 programme Models Close-up, then came Mario Testino's coffee-table tome, Any Objections?, and finally, smouldering snapper Sante D'Orazio brought out his own retrospective, A Private View. All three confirmed the fact that photographers are horny little devils.

What will Katie do next?

For ten years she's ridden every fashion wave, from doe-eyed waif through grunge princess to streetwise sophisticate. Kate Moss can do no wrong. But her latest project, a glossy shampoo ad, is uncharacteristically mainstream, and now there are rumours of a film career. Will Kate keep her cool? asks James Sherwood

Preview: look juergen teller

German photographer Juergen Teller shot to fame in the 1980s for his work in i-D, Arena and The Face. Together with British contemporaries Corinne Day, David Sims and Nigel Shafran, he's been credited with steering the face of fashion photography away from the over-egged gloss of the 1980s towards a more realistic approach. His first major solo show is at the Photographers's Gallery from the 29 May and ranges from portraits ('Kate Moss, Paris 1995', right), fashion shots and urban landscapes to pastorals and even family photographs.

IS THIS THE KOSHER KATE MOSS?

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My barmy relations ... and that photograph of the naked Kate Moss

Years ago, before I became the soigne commentator you see before you, I used to write for a gossip column in a London paper. One of the traditions of the gossip's afternoon was what became known as the Shop Your Granny Hour - namely, the hour before the deadline when, desperate for some shocking revelations with which to stun the reader, one would reveal without a qualm some gross indiscretion about a close relative, no matter what the cost to one's morals or one's chances of receiving a legacy. Of course, shopping your granny was the purest hyperbole, since none of our ancient ancestors did anything remotely interesting - few of them went to fashionable nightclubs on the arm of Rufus Sewell, and hardly any of them had affairs with the Foreign Secretary. It was just a figure of speech. But now of course it's got serious. For the past few weeks, a repellent advertisement has been heard on commercial radio, cooingly encouraging you to bring out your barmy relations.

Cover story: Too much too young

Increasingly eroticised and commercialised, childhood is more than ever a fleeting idyll. As parents, we desire our children's innocence yet often push them to be adults. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown speaks to families willing to make the compromise. Photographs by Jonathan Olley

Wild things

Yes, Yes I know. Animal prints (actually this is all leopard print). What's new? Well nothing, but it just keeps coming off the catwalks and we just have to provide a reader service. There is no getting away from it - leopard print, no matter how much you pay, hints at a certain Bet Lynch-ness about you. You cannot - really you can't - dress in the stuff and look classy and expensive. Not even Kate manages it in this picture. There's no doubting she looks great, but it does smack rather of a seaside landlady who pinches young mens' bottoms. So revel in its slightly naff sexiness and don't spend too much money on it. AB

Synonyms to call one's own

The word "dictatorial" has been Blaired around a good deal this week, indeed so much that the Labour leader's associations with the word have overtaken those of the iron lady herself. Of the 852 instances of the word "dictatorial" on our database, there are now 73 associated with "Blair", 58 with "Thatcher and only 23 with "Saddam". But will Tony Blair succeed in capturing the word for himself in the way that "doe-eyed", for example, immediately evokes one particular name, or, a few years ago, "fragrant" needed no more identification?

How bad hair made it big

Suddenly a whole crop of disastrous coiffures are all the rage. What's a girl to do? Ruth Picardie untangles the problem

What young women think about the shapes they see

REBECCA FOWLER interviewed performing arts students from North Herts College, Hitchin

Behind lay jungle and inky-black butterflies, ahead iced coffee on a long white beach

The boat dropped anchor by a tiny green island with an even smaller sandy beach. We sat in the sun, 20 of us on the upper deck, as a cloth was spread at our feet. From a wood-burning stove on the lower deck came a dish of seafood. Then a second, a third, a fourth ... soon you couldn't move for plates.

mode-m: what's new

the clothes line

ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No.15: relativism

Relativism: 1. The notion that truth - be it moral or aesthetic - is not absolute or universal, but rather varies between individuals or cultures; 2. the idea that the concepts of time and space are not absolutes; 3. late C20, the influence of consanguinity upon social, cultural and political life.

The belle curve: why all men love a waistline (allegedly)

Psychologists have defined the shape of beauty, writes Anna Maxted

Try me: ISSEY MIYAKE DRESS

In the bag it looked like one of those horrendous "slinky scarfs" from the Seventies. Unfolded, it became a long, thin sack - an elegant sack, but a sack nevertheless. The label said 100 per cent polyester, size eight. It was a black Issey Miyake tube dress, price £200, the sort of over-priced, high-concept construction that looks fine on Kate Moss but on a 30-year-old, 5ft 7in, 101/2-stone journalist with a bad case of pre-menstrual water retention? I think not.
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