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Harsh winter light can throw dehydrated skin and under-eye bags in to sharp relief – a subtly shimmering highlighter is the best way to mask a multitude of sins...

Ready to Wear: Can thigh-high boots ever be right on?

And so to the accessory of the autumn/winter season, which may have been a restrained if lovely affair, at least in some designers' hands, but more than made up for any conservatism in dress as far as footwear is concerned. Enter the thigh-high boot.

New Yves dawning: After a decade in the doldrums, Yves Saint Laurent is back on top

It might have been an iconic brand, but Yves Saint Laurent needed a fresh look and some must-have pieces to get back in the black. Luckily, creative director Stefano Pilati and CEO Valérie Hermann are dynamic people...

Vive la mode! Balenciaga glams up for Paris

Seriously luxe, undeniably cool, Nicolas Ghesquière manages it season after season for Balenciaga. The label's autumn/winter collection, which opened Paris Fashion Week yesterday, combined decadent fabrics with the kind of modern, sexy shapes pursued by Ghesquière's hip devotees.

London Fashion Week - Central Saint Martins

The Central Saint Martin's MA course, as directed by the bellicose Louise Wilson, has long been recognised as a breeding ground for the capital's talent - alumni include Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Julie Verhoeven.

Harrods chief executive leaves after less than a year

The chief executive of Harrods has left the iconic London department store after less than a year in the role.

Get your disco safari jumpsuit on

Rhiannon Harries rounds up the key trends for spring/summer 2009. And fear not, while some may look crazy on the catwalk, they can all be easily adapted for life in the real world

Timeless style – updated: Yves Saint Laurent

The turtleneck, the tailoring, the tulip skirt... it's all classic Yves Saint Laurent – but with a twist. Creative director Stefano Pilati tells Susannah Frankel why nothing in fashion should stay the same. Not for long, at least

Little black magic: Return of the little black dress

The LBD is always a winner in the fashion stakes, and Balenciaga's take on it, although inspired by Fifties film-noir heroines, couldn't be more now, says Susannah Frankel

Ready to Wear: For Ghesquière, latex is noble because it comes from trees – it’s a natural texture

Latex might not be most obviously elevated of materials ever to have inhabited the fashion firmament, but it is currently enjoying something of a moment, nonetheless.

Percy Savage: Doyen of fashion PR

Percy Savage, an enigmatic, Zelig-like character, personified the world of fashion and spent a lifetime promoting it. Arriving in Paris from Australia in 1947, the year Christian Dior launched his New Look, Savage became a close friend of the great designer, who was to name Eau Sauvage after him.

Susannah Frankel: The new face of fashion is more accessible and less expensive

The buying spree that characterises contemporary fashion goes back to the Nineties, when France's luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and its visionary CEO Bernard Arnault began to acquire designer labels with a voracity that was unprecedented.

Le beau monde: Yves Saint Laurent's Edition 24

Transcend fast fashion with modern classics from Yves Saint Laurent's Edition 24, says Susannah Frankel

Yves St Laurent: a friend, a mentor, an inspiration

Marie Helvin:

I first met Yves at his Paris atelier in rue Spontini, and he booked me straight away. I think I reminded him of a model at Dior who was Eurasian, and he was intrigued that I was from Hawaii. For him it was like I was from Mars – he didn't really travel that much apart from between London, Paris and Morocco. I think he once went to Tokyo, too, but he wasn't a big traveller.

Will the jumpsuit ever take off?

Eager to find a must-have fashion trend, designers are pushing the all-in-one as 'the new dress'. Esther Walker sounds a note of sartorial caution

Fresh flowers: Balenciaga spring collection

Balenciaga has delved into its archives for inspiration this spring. But beneath these classic floral patterns lies surprisingly hi-tech design, says Susannah Frankel
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