Ready To Wear: Doe-eyed and docile – the importance of not being Audrey

Does anyone actually want to look like Audrey Hepburn these days," I asked a colleague last week as yet another soon-to-be-published volume extolling the virtues of the actor's style – So Audrey: 59 Ways to Put a Little Hepburn in Your Step – landed on the fashion desk.

Cacharel: Prints charming

The French label Cacharel is synonymous with quirky florals. Now, new creative director Cédric Charlier is giving it a fresh twist, says Carola Long.

Ready To Wear: Various cultures view the female form entirely differently

Is fashion meant to be flattering?

Fashion clash: The celebrity nightmare that can't be avoided

It's the fashion clash every girl wants to avoid: turning up in the same dress as someone else. But it's apparently harder to prevent than you might think. How else to explain the Miu Miu dress that turned up on no fewer than three different glossy magazine covers last week?

All things bright and beautiful

From animal stripes to kaleidoscopic swirls, prints are everywhere this season, says Harriet Walker. Graphics may seem daunting, but don't be shy

Get shorty: The briefer the better

Prada is known for its ingenious and whimsical take on wardrobe classics. This season, the focus is on shorts – and the briefer the better, says Susannah Frankel

Arabella Weir: Have it all? If only men would let us

Once the baby's born it should be a job-share with the child's father

One step ahead: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what makes Prada the world's most influential fashion label

From simple nylon rucksacks to wilfully challenging shoes, one label has always been at fashion's cutting edge. And that's to say nothing of the yachts, architecture, art patronage... Now a new book lays bare the full extent of the empire that Miuccia Prada has built, and the extraordinary influence her designs have over us

Eiffel power: Collections with real imagination

The Paris collections were a tour de force, says Susannah Frankel, as designers sidestepped summer clichés in favour of real imagination

Ready to Wear: Is colourless plastic the new nylon? Quite probably, Miuccia Prada suggests

From “business to beach...optimism is a choice”, said Miuccia Prada, certainly the most influential figure in Italian fashion, speaking to Style.com following her Milan show last week, in an unusually straightforward and light-hearted manner.

Meet the squeaky clean movie teens

The debauched days of the Rat Pack, the Brat Pack and other young Hollywood hedonists with their excess-all-areas lifestyles are gone, says Gill Pringle. Today's stars don't drink, do drugs, or have sex

Sole man: Terry de Havilland - the rock 'n' roll cobbler

The self-proclaimed rock 'n' roll cobbler, Terry de Havilland, is back with a new bespoke service. Carola Long meets him

Hit & Run: Love you, Bunnikins

To find that Carla Bruni calls President Sarkozy by the nickname chouchou ("little cauliflower") is endearing, if only because it's hard to imagine Sarah Brown doing the same – no matter how much of a legume we may think her husband. Nicknames perform a humanising function: they give grim, unsmiling public figures a cute counter-identity, just as stern teachers in junior school are given nicknames to subvert their awful authority.

Zip me up before you go-go: The return of the jumpsuit

The jumpsuit is a trend you can't ignore, and it's set to become even hotter next season. But can it work off the catwalk? Harriet Walker sets out to find an all-in-one that's fashionable – and flattering
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