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The invitation to the show was a plastic polar bear and the entry card called for the species to be saved, so it was of little surprise that the hottest ticket at the ready-to-wear shows in Paris came with an environmental message too.

Sofia Coppola's upcoming film, The Bling Ring, is based on fame-obsessed teenagers who robbed the homes of Hollywood celebrities

Trending: A movie that starts with 140 characters

Sofia Coppola is well known for the opening scenes of her films. Who can forget Scarlett Johansson's knicker-clad derrière that marked the beginning of Lost In Translation? Or Stephen Dorff driving round and round and round the race track at the start of Somewhere?

Lisa Markwell: What to expect when she’s expecting

The news that Peaches Geldof is expecting her first baby has been greeted with the usual array of positive and encouraging commentary. Oh, who am I kidding?

Nicole Richie to judge Fashion Star

The 29-year-old star - who owns clothing and accessories brands Winter Kate and House of Harlow - will join model Elle Macpherson and singer-turned-designer Jessica Simpson on the TV show, which sees aspiring designers compete for a contract to have their prodcuts sold in retailers in the US.

Suddenly, training to be a stylist is very <i>&#224; la mode</i>

Fashion advisers, now stars in their own right, are tempting others to try the career for size

The designer baby boom

It used to be the place to go for bibs, bottles and buggies. Now Mothercare simply can&rsquo;t compete with our love of luxury brands. <b>Alice-Azania Jarvis</b> reports

My Secret Life: Nicole Richie

My parents were... and still are, my inspiration. My mum has been a big influence. I remember sitting in her bathtub while she would be getting ready for the Grammy Awards - or whatever event she was going to - and I'd watch her get dressed and think her fashion sense was so cool. That made the biggest imprint on me — I would just look up at her and want to be pretty, wear makeup and get dressed up.

Nicole Richie granted restraining order

A judge has granted TV star Nicole Richie's request for a restraining order barring two celebrity photographers from coming close to her or her children.

The 70s revival: Seven comebacks from decade of kitsch

Forty-somethings confidently believed dodgy perms, flared trousers and ridiculous drinks were consigned to history's dustbin. Not so fast. Some of the oddest fashions are staging a return, almost forty years on, as a new generation turns back the clock

Katy Guest: My thighs are signalling it's breakfast time

Our writer admits a reluctant admiration for poplet Miley Cyrus

Rachel Zoe: The lady vanishes

For two years Rachel Zoe was the superstylist on every Hollywood starlet&rsquo;s speed dial &ndash; until suddenly, she went out of fashion. Now she&rsquo;s back with a reality show. By Alice-Azania Jarvis

Fashion: Who's taking the Mickey?

Renaissance statues, Surrealism, high-class hookers... these days, there is little that surprises as the purported inspiration behind a catwalk collection. But it still takes a lot of imagination to transform cartoon rodents into muses. Nevertheless, the flamboyant US designer Jeremy Scott did just that with a Mickey Mouse-inspired show at Paris Fashion Week, which drew to a close on Thursday.

Fashion: Come join our band

Now the dust is settling on Sarah Palin's glasses and Michelle Obama's endless parade of cute cardigans, there is but one fashion trend that came out of last month's American election still worthy of your consideration: the Alice band, as resurrected by Hillary Clinton.

Double trouble: Are breast enlargements imitation or mutilation?

Big, bouncy and completely fake, larger-than-life bosoms are everywhere we look. Is it any wonder that last year, 26,000 British women went under the knife? More's the pity, argues Bethan Cole &ndash; you can't improve on nature
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