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Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: out of this world

In the packed schedules of Paris’s spring/summer 2016 shows, the ideas that really stood out were from designers who took us on a journey to their own private universe.

Is smoking still defensible?

Four years on from the ban, it's a surprise to find the pro-cigarette lobby in such rude health. But their argument, that we should all be allowed our vices, is strangely compelling, says Nick Duerden

Harriet Walker: I don't want to be a princess any more

The day I learnt how Anne Boleyn met her grisly end, I shrugged my shoulders and continued to hope against hope that one day I'd be a princess. When Diana died, I was young enough to be bemused by all the caterwauling and old enough to realise that she would have been better off had she not got caught up in the wheels of the Great Pumpkin Carriage of State. But I still secretly wished I could be a princess.

Galliano label Dior scraps Paris show

The John Galliano fashion label is dropping a plan for a catwalk show in Paris Fashion Week and will instead host a simple presentation of its latest collection.

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Ungaro puts faith in British designer

The British designer Giles Deacon has been appointed creative director of Ungaro in a move aimed at reviving the reputation of the French fashion house.