News Julie Deane says there is a big potential market in China for her bags

Julie Deane set up her business at home with £600. Now she has raised $21m to help sell her bags worldwide

Christmas gifts for the glamourpuss

Main image: ombre circle perspex bangle, £63, and ombre rings, £3 each, both by Kitty Joseph from Bengt; frames, from £5, John Lewis

Sex pistol: The punk look is back - just add attitude

Styling: Gemma Hayward

Jeweller to the first lady has world in its sights

Upmarket jeweller Astley Clarke - worn by celebrities including Michelle Obama - is planning a rapid global expansion.

Embroidered wool coat, £,3250, and tulle skirt, £2,480, both by Nina Ricci, from Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1, 020-7730 1234; Shirt dress, £405, by Richard Nicoll, richardnicoll.com; tights, £12, by house of holland for pretty polly, prettypolly.co.uk; Crystal heel boots, £1,000, by Chanel, 26 Old Bond Street, London SW1, 020-7493 5040

Her dark materials: Lace and leather - a beautifully gothic romance

Styling: Gemma Hayward

Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Fashion: Ooh, Karl, we don't know where you find the time

Yesterday was a big day for Karl Lagerfeld. Not only did he present his spring 2013 collection for Chanel, he also announced the opening of a new own-line boutique in Paris next February.

Gold-heeled shoes £90, dune.co.uk; silver glitter- toe courts £45, Faith, debenhams.com; silk-printed courts £70, aldoshoes.com; pink sequin wedges £130, Carvela, kurtgeiger.com gold glitter £68, dune.co.uk; gold-heeled court shoes £55, asos.com

Stay on your toes

Sculptural, sparkly or downright sensible – there's a shoe to suit every taste this season, says Gemma Hayward, so put your best foot forward

The Fashion Audit: Curiouser and curiouser, Get the look, Brolly good, Retro futures,

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Buckling the trend

One, two, buckle your shoe: this season monk-strapped footwear isn't just for men. ,

The 10 Best scented candles

Whether you prefer florals or spice, light one of these and cast the perfect glow

We love: Flying colours - From Hayworth to Fairclough the name Rita conjures up a lady of distinctive style. Acne's shearling flying jacket - updated in acid brights for the new season - certainly meets the criteria of the moniker. Acne, net-a-porter.com (pictured £1,400)

The Fashion Audit: Flying Colours, Get Knotted and Tees Are Green

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

The 10 Best women's trainers

The myriad uses for the modern trainer are matched by the number of styles available, from sports shops to high-street stores

Structured top, from a selection, by Celine from Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1, 020-7318 3144

The 10 Best make-up bags

Stash your slap, lotions and potions in a style that suits you with one of these colourful cosmetics purses

The 10 Best sundresses

Find a frock that will make you shine, whether you have weddings and garden parties or picnics in the park in mind

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?