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Julia Restoin Roitfeld: Provocative dressing, baby blogs - and why

I was shot by Mario Testino when I was 10 As a kid I was always posing for photos; even on holiday my mum [Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris] would take as many photo-posing moments as she could. We were trained in posing – and I hated it. But maybe that's why I can have fun when posing as a model now; I don't over-analyse or try too hard.

How To Be Beautiful: On the lash with the 1960s Twiggy look

The best thing about a beauty trend is that you have a little time to observe its success or failure on others before deciding you want in. In fashion, if you take three months to decide that denim harem pants could work for you, you'll have missed the boat (incidentally, you'd also be wrong).

Agenda: Miu Miu; Lana Del Rey; London restaurant festival; Scala

currently being hailed for its fabulous autumn/winter collection, Miuccia Prada's Miu Miu label is riding higher than ever in the fashion charts. The 1940s sport-luxe look of the range is echoed in this racy but ladylike pocketbook bag – of which there are only five, created especially to celebrate the opening of the new Miu Miu corner in Harrods. The concession will stock a selection of bags and accessories in a quirkily decorated 40sq ft section of the ritzy London department store.

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.

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

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The new dress code: Frocks are back but do you opt for Greek goddess

A long evening dress is always a big purchase, since the cost-per-wear price tends to be high. However, with the Christmas season on the horizon, now is your best chance to indulge your inner diva. Karen Millen's sleek black strapless number (£225, www.karenmillen.com) is a black-tie failsafe, while Principle's asymmetric purple dress (£85, >www.principles.co.uk) has a Greek-goddess touch. The brocade bodice and empire-line style of Monsoon's dress (£160, www.monsoon.co.uk) make a flattering, alternative to more obvious options. If you have the confidence (and budget) to try something a little bolder, the diaphanous printed 1930s-style Jaeger frock (£399, www.jaeger.co.uk) is stunning, although a fairly willowy frame is required for best effect.

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.