Miuccia Prada: All about Miu

For her latest Miu Miu collection, Miuccia Prada takes a typically maverick approach to sportswear. Susannah Frankel reports

Wear with flare: Prada sets the tone with brilliant bell-bottoms and sculpted sandals

Moody, n'est-ce pas? And well it might be. This, after all, is a straight-off-the-catwalk look courtesy of Miuccia Prada. Here's what she had to say backstage after her show in Milan last September, with regard to a fashion moment that is rather darker than might be expected, given that this is the summer season, traditionally a time of high spirits and blithe prints and colours to match: "This is the first time I've gone soft. There is nothing straight in this collection – like there is nothing straight in nature."

Ready To Wear: The death of practicality

Bad news, ladies. We have all been basking in the ease and practicality of opaque tights for too long. From henceforward they are no longer acceptable (well, it is the spring/ summer season, I suppose) and sheer tights and their even less obviously glamorous little sister, the popsock, have been declared indomitable once more.

Meet the man on fashion's front line

For half a century, the photographer Chris Moore has chronicled life at the cutting edge of fashion. Here, he unveils a selection of favourite images

Inside Prada's eclectic winter collection

If Miuccia Prada's winter collection is hard to pigeonhole, that's the idea, the designer tells Susannah Frankel

Back in black: Yohji Yamamoto built his reputation in monochrome. And the latest collection from the Prince of Darkness is bolder - and blacker - than ever, says Susannah Frankel

In explanation of his current collection - the darkest, most voluminous and uncompromising for some time - the designer Yohji Yamamoto claims he is bored with 'pretty, pretty' fashion. Taking things one step further, he goes on to announce, with considerable pride, that he knows that not many people will like this particular mind-set but that he, for one, simply doesn't care.

FASHION SPECIAL: Solid geometry

Seventies prints are shaping a bolder, brighter spring for men. Photographs by Tara Darby Styling by Lee Holmes

Fashion: Cut the mustard

To wear this season's hot colour, take inspiration from cyclists and deep-sea fisherman. And beware of the malevolent influence of Big Bird and Rupert the Bear, says Susie Rushton

Fashion: Rainbow nation

Red and yellow and pink and green - and any colour you want as long as it gets you noticed

Fashion: Cirque du soleil

This summer, graphic, floral and animal prints collide as designers unveil their most eclectic collections to date. Clashing colours, sequins, painted silk, chunky knits and applique - just throw them on and show them off

Men's Fashion: Don't label me

Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Kostas Murkudis, Martin Margiela and 6876. Each of these labels are distinctly different, but they all have one thing in common - put them on and you'll look fabulous. Honest. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Kent Baker

Fashion: The Style Police: Tales from the trailer park

Forget about boho chic and urban wear, Blondie's back in town and that can only mean one thing: trash glamour is making a comeback. James Sherwood reports
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