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The "Wrecking Ball" singer features in the moodily lit Spring 2014 campaign, but there’s something up with her co-star.

Off the peg Want to have bags of style? Think big, says Rebecca Lowthorpe

Small bags. I hate them. No, I loathe them. Small bags are the most useless, irritating things in the world. Who needs to carry a "Croissant", after all, when you can eat one? And what possible good is a bag the size of an (admittedly delicious) French snack anyway? A lipstick, comb and a credit card might fit at a push. Big deal.

The Style Police: Loved it, loved it not

1998 has been a rollercoaster of fashion triumphs and sartorial disasters. Sit back and enjoy the ride, says James Sherwood

The Style Police: Fashion begins at forty

At last, older women can keep up with the latest trends and still keep their dignity intact. Phew, says James Sherwood

Fashion: Revenge of the old masters

It is the old school of designers such as Kawakubo, Miyake and Yamamoto - not the young guns - who have grasped the secret of modernity.

Pleat yourself

Fashion: THE STYLE POLICE; Don't be shy of this season's staple, writes James Sherwood. Knife or box, knee-length or maxi, there's a pleated skirt to suit everyone

The Style Police: Ready and wearable

This season's cuddly jumpers, fluid maxi skirts and flat footwear are the first `real' fashions for `real' women this decade. Annalisa Barbieri says this user-friendly elegance wins over trendiness any day

Fashion: Cool for copycats

Off the peg; No sooner has the last model sashayed down the catwalk, than the outfit (or something like it) is on the high street.

Lean times, long looks

Our skirt hems are around our ankles this autumn ... and that can only mean one thing. No, not a moral revolution, just another economic crisis. By Belinda Morris

The Style Police: Find it on the mean streets

If your bank account doesn't stretch to this season's luxury fabrics, never fear: the high-street retailers are on the case. And it doesn't matter if your cashmere isn't really 'shmere', no one will know the difference, promises James Sherwood

Travel sick in a turban

While Maggie's favourite gear, Aquascutum, is all the rage, another old-fashioned name is shrouded in mystery. According to the Sunday Times, Guy Laroche - the Parisian designer last known for producing brightly coloured clothes in the early Sixties - had tendered a "very generous" offer to designer Matthew Williamson to join as head designer. The newspaper reported that Williamson "is expected to join the Cool Britannia exodus".

Born-again Burberry

Modelled by Stella Tennant, worn by Jarvis and Noel and shot for the pages of Vogue and Frank, that check is suddenly, unexpectedly hip. James Sherwood reports on the Regent Street revivalists

Fashion: Welcome pleats back into the fold

Designers have gone back to the drawing board (the one in school) to update the once dreaded pleated skirt. By Tamsin Blanchard

First the Vuitton case, now clothes to put in it

LOUIS VUITTON gave birth to a new fashion monster yesterday. The French label known for making luxury luggage since 1854 launched its first clothing collection, designed by the American minimalist Marc Jacobs. The clothes - flat-front trousers, long skirts, cashmere T-shirts, and rubberised cotton coats in shades of white, grey, pale blue, and a splash of raspberry - were smart, plain and luxurious, much more understated than the luggage and accessories. But these are the sort of clothes that - given the fame and reputation of the label - will sell like hot cakes. Prada sold its first collection of hot cakes in 1989 on the back of a few nylon handbags. Then, Prada's turnover was stable, but small. By last year it was pounds 730m, purely because the clothing label has made the accessories so desirable.

Shopperholic: Luggage label

For anyone harbouring a passion for the famous Louis Vuitton monogram bags, the news of a new store opened on Bond Street should be enough to guarantee a complete sell-out of the new range, designed by Marc Jacobs.

SPRING FASHION 1998

FASHION is a very confusing thing. Take this year's spring/summer collections: while Alexander McQueen would have women look like Dolly Parton in Givenchy leather and fringeing, John Galliano prefers Thirties glamour, and Jean Paul Gaultier thinks they should come over all Frida Kahlo and go to work in Mexican peasant dress. Meanwhile, fashionable men can take their pick from Gaultier's Italian stallions, John Rocha's bohemian mix of George Best and Seventies rock'n' roll dandy, or Walter Van Birendock's tango costumes in bright green rubber, complete with matching gas masks. Some choice, huh?
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links