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Let’s twist again: 2013’s 1960s redux

This spring, go back to the future with the space-age and swinging signatures of London’s hippest decade, says Gemma Hayward

Oi, HMRC – hands off our possessions!

We think it's bloody cheek for officials to rifle through our suitcases, but the invasions into our privacy don't stop there

French skipper Francois Gabart celebrates after winning the 7th edition of the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race

Jean-Pierre Dick becomes fourth competitor to complete Vendee Globe

Briton Mike Golding currently in fifth place

LVMH to step up expansion plans

LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods group, is stepping up its global expansion plans despite fears of a slowdown in demand for its products.

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Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with under-aged prostitute Karima El Mahroug

Silvio Berlusconi fails in fresh attempt to block 'Ruby' trial

Former PM requested trial, in which he is accused of having sex with an under-age prostitute, be halted during elections

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Team compete in a fleet race during the America's Cup World Series

Britain will not enter Youth America's Cup team

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America’s Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

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Ready To Wear: Poor Hedi Slimane, let's give the boy a chance

Fashion is a mercilessly fast-moving creature and even the most gifted designers step in and out of it only at their peril.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 show included a prosaic mode of transport as the models came down to the catwalk via escalators

Fashion: Escalators are on the up

Last season, models emerged from a steam train with porters holding their luggage; the spring-summer season before that they rode a fairytale merry-go-round. Yesterday, Marc Jacobs chose a rather more prosaic mode of transport for his chosen girls.

Neo-goth severity is updated with Byzantine bravado by way of religious iconography and sumptuous textures

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From deco luxe and sci-fi to neo-gothic and baroque...

Dotty vision: Yayoi Kusama

Polka dots are Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama's lifelong inspiration, obsession and passion.

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Whether you’re a chap about town or country gent, pack up your troubles in style - for a long weekend at least.

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