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Portraits of supermodel Kate Moss by major contemporary artists from Sam Taylor-Wood to Chuck Close are to go on sale in an auction celebrating the fashion model’s influence as a “great modern muse”.

Fashion: Off the peg: A new diary every season? Yes, darling, as long as it's a Smythson

Have you ever seen two fashion editors

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: Milan Diary: Dressing to iron is rather smooth

MILAN Fashion Week, and shopping frenzy is in the air. British designers are known for their challenging ideas, but in Milan all of that goes right out of the window. Ideas are replaced by shopping lists, as the fashion press concentrate on how they can update their wardrobes.

Fashion: Electrochic

It's 40 years since Yves Saint Laurent made his first collection for Christian Dior. But with a little help from Kate Moss and photographer Juergen Teller, the master proves as electrifying as ever. By Tamsin Blanchard

Versace: very sexy

The essence of many great designers can be captured in one word: `elegant' for example, or `radical' or `startling'. In the case of Gianni Versace the word is `sexy' - not subtly sexy or surprisingly sexy but blatantly, gloriously, ravishingly sexy. Only an Italian could have done it. By Tamsin Blanchard

Birth of the cool, as shot by Super Mario

There she is, looking every inch the supermodel, glowing on the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair. We've seen Princess Diana looking like the Sloane Ranger-next-door and like a future queen. But Mario Testino, fashion's super-photographer, and every fashion editor's darling, has managed to make her look like she has just stepped off a Paris catwalk. They call him Super Mario, and not without good reason.

Note the stunning similarity

TTake a look at this photograph of Princess Diana from the latest issue of Vanity Fair. The head resting on the hands, the enigmatic expression that mixes quiet confidence with just a hint of vulnerability. Does the image seem slightly familiar? No? Well take a look at the top of the page then!!!

How to look great in a photograph...

OK, what's the secret? Diana's not that fantastic looking, after all. Maybe we'd all look that good if we only knew what to do in front of the camera? Emma Cook asks the experts

Visionary

Impossibly hip, elitist, expensive - out of New York comes the magazine of the Nineties. By Tamsin Blanchard

Why brit boys are the 'it' boys

Metropolitan life: They're weedy and waifish, funky but not hunky. So why do the world's designers love British male models? asks Lucy O'Brien

The new Lace

When Iris Palmer walked into our offices, only one week into her modelling career, bubbling with exuberance and innocence, we knew she would become an 'it' girl. Naturally, we booked her straight away. Since then, Nick Knight has shot Iris for 'Vogue', she has appeared on the international catwalks, and Mario Testino has signed her up for a Trussardi advertising campaign. Here she wears a newly reinvented fabric - lace. This is no hanging for a sash window, no shy little wisp worn out of sight as underwear, Now lace is as eclectic, sexy and modern as Iris herself. Photographs by Adam Friedberg

When all the fashion world's backstage: Roger Tredre goes behind the scenes at the fashion shows in Paris, where the couture sometimes plays second fiddle to the gossip and the feuds

IT IS supposed to be difficult to get backstage before a Paris fashion show. In truth, it is getting easier every season. The behind-the-scenes preparations, once sacred rituals attended by only a trusted core of people, have become just as much a part of the show as the catwalk itself.
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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