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Front row of celebrities (from left): Nancy Shevell; Sir Paul McCartney; Kate Moss; Mario Testino; the rapper M.I.A; the actress Charlotte Ramplin; the actress Salma Hayek; François-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of luxury goods firm PPR

Paris Fashion Week: Star-studded front row adds to Stella McCartney's simple and sporty spring/summer 2013 show

You have to hand it to Stella McCartney, she gives good front row. In a season where A-listers have elsewhere been less present than might be expected, they were out in their droves for the designer’s spring/summer 2013 show at the Paris Opera yesterday.

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Kate Middleton and Ricky Gervais will promote British artists at a Royal Academy event on Monday

Going for gold: Ricky Gervais and Kate team up to sell Britain's creative talent to the world

They might seem an unlikely duo but Ricky Gervais and the Duchess of Cambridge are teaming up to promote Britain's creative talent to foreign investors as they arrive in London for the Olympics.

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Why this dated duo are out of the running

Ab Fab is back (again) for an Olympic special but Twenty Twelve is the real comedy winner, says Gerard Gilbert
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Absolutely Fabulous: Why this dated duo are out of the running

Ab Fab's Olympics special trails behind Twenty Twelve

Of all the slightly silly Olympic-themed paraphernalia we've seen recently, this rather charming patriotic paper Cake Top is our favourite. £3.50 from talkingtables.co.uk (Victoria sponge not included)
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Olympics opening ceremony suit "like something out of an Elvis tribute band"

The Athletes Village will be a Heartbreak Hotel of sorts for thousands of unlucky Olympians this summer, but some TeamGB members, possibly in more ways than one.

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Queen of the stone age: Solange Azagury-Partridge has never been too precious to go her own way

Walk the glittering line of fine jewellery shops on Mayfair's Bond Street and you'll find that one in particular stands out – for its opulence, without doubt, but also for its character and its use of caricature, for its almost whimsically 'other' take on modern luxury.

Handbags and (luxury) gladrags booming at YSL

Yves Saint Laurent handbags and Brioni suits have helped French luxury group PPR post a strong start to 2012 reporting €3.3bn in turnover for the first quarter.

Broderie anglaise shirt, £2,080 and skirt, £2,260, both by Louis Vuitton, 160 New Bond Street, London W1, 020-7758 9288; night-time crystal Bracelet, £190, by Swarovski, Swarovski.com

Selfridges re-launches womenswear department for the digital age

When Selfridges unveiled their newly appointed womenswear department at the beginning of the year, hopes were high.

Models wear creations by Marc Jacobs as part of his autumn/winter collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris where the audience was greeted with a spectacular life-size train

The model railway with no anoraks in sight: Louis Vuitton express hits Paris

The Louis Vuitton Express – or more precisely a turn-of-the-20th-century steam train – pulled into Paris yesterday, bathed in ultraviolet light and filled with model passengers sporting creative director Marc Jacobs' new designs.

Models on the runway at the Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 fashion show

Gucci targets luxury clientele with autumn collection

It was clear at the Gucci show in Milan today which sectors are not yet feeling the pinch, with a series of red carpet dresses to tempt celebrities ahead of this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, and an autumn collection of velvet, silk and brocade separates that will play well among the label’s luxury-focussed clientele in China.

Ready To Wear: The return of a much-loved and thoroughly British name

This evening sees the return of the Alexander McQueen name to the London catwalk after an absence of more than a decade.

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The wars that come back to haunt us

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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