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This week: fashion & beauty

Fashion audit: 16/11/09

We love... Clemency London

This new super-luxe label launched for autumn/winter and has impressed with its range of chic and cool reworked classics. There are silky party dresses with appliqué chiffon detailing to die for, as well as some excellent modern and edgy tailoring. Available from Selfridges.

Green matter: Sir Philip puts his mind out to auction

Sir Philip Green is getting ready to share that great big brain of his with you. For the Top Shop retail tycoon is offering to give 60 minutes of his "brain time" to the winner of a new online auction for charity.

Checks and balances: Why you can now bring that Burberry scarf out of the closet

Fashion may have a reputation as a fickle mistress, but when something falls truly out of favour, the rehabilitation process can take an awfully long time. And so it was with the infamous "Burberry check", the signature black, tan and red pattern with which the design house began lining its trench coats back in the 1920s.

Cutting-edge design, a media blitz – just look at fusty old Pringle now

As the old Scottish brand's models prepare to strut the catwalk at the London Fashion Show this week, its new, ex-Chanel chief executive pulls on her revamped cashmere twinset to take on the high-fashion giants – in the ultimate style makeover

Ready to Wear: A Rick Owens leather jacket remains the most desirable by far

What must the designer Rick Owens make of the myriad interpretations of his signature technologically pioneering and imaginative take on the leather jacket?

Credit Crunch Fashion

The 'Online Fashion 100' was made as the guide to who's who in online fashion, with some of the most important people behind the UK's online fashion industry gracing the list. Last night it reached a conclusion when the winner was announced.

Honours: Order of the British Empire, Civil - MBE

Order of the British Empire

From Dracula to Delia: The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Veteran horror actor Christopher Lee and chef Delia Smith took their place among hundreds of other notables being rewarded with knighthoods, MBEs and other honours.

MBE for Dragons' Den star (Shame her business has just gone under)

She was the teary entrepreneur who five years ago spectacularly proved the Dragons wrong when they refused to invest in her board game Destination London which she invented to take on the giant of Monopoly.

Discount dreamland: Net-a-porter's sister site offers high-end glamour at an 80 per cent markdown

For any IT-literate fashion lover, there is one shopping website guaranteed to be top of their browser favourites. Over the past nine years, has established itself as the web destination for designer fashion, rivalling Bond Street for choice of high-end labels and impeccable customer service, and bringing the luxury retail experience to anyone with an internet connection. The only barrier – and, for most of us, a pretty insurmountable one – is the sometimes eye-watering price tags.

50 Fashion and beauty wise buys

Even in the teeth of a recession, there's no need to stop shopping altogether. Whether it's a bargain fix or an opulent treat, these are the finishing touches for a spring/summer wardrobe

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