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Do you like high-heeled loafers?" asked Kitty, 13, brandishing a copy of Grazia that included a full-page selection of the footwear in question. "I suppose they're quite good for women who don't like wearing girlish heels," I replied. "Or even for women who don't like wearing women's clothes," added Joe, 11, neatly summing up his mother's personal style – and it's true that high-heeled loafers are a feminine twist on an essentially masculine wardrobe staple.

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Easter weekend is always a great time for bargain hunters and this year looks set to be no exception. Several major retailers are hosting sales including House of Fraser, Halfords and, perhaps more predictably, Thorntons the chocolatier. Thorntons's offer is three-for-two on Easter gifts plus a free box of chocolates worth £13.99 with all orders over £20 when using the discount code EA44. Meanwhile, both House of Fraser and Halfords have up to 50 per cent off dozens of items in store and online. The produce they sell may be entirely different but both retailers are clearly using the bank holiday spirit to attract new customers to their stores.

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Cheery property expert-cum-TV homemaker Kirsty Allsopp was at Thursday's Hodder dinner at Café de Paris to promote the new paperback edition of Kirstie's Homemade Home. Deciding, however, that the subject of craft would yield few gags, she chose to recount a racy anecdote from her youth.

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They say that creativity prospers in hard times, and if this year's Central Saint Martin's MA show was anything to go by, then that appears to be the case.

Girls muscle in on boys' day in the limelight

Boys will be girls, and girls will be dressed by them: that was the confusing message at the final day of London Fashion Week yesterday. The event wrapped up with a day devoted to menswear, but the main trend on the catwalks was, surprisingly, womenswear.

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