Pandora: Frogmarched to the rescue

Ribbit! MPs were called to a photoshoot yesterday to help save frogs from mass extinction. (They are threatened by a chytrid fungus sweeping the globe; scientists have set up "amphibian arks" to take the cold-blooded creatures into protective custody.)

The future is now for ultra-chic Ghesquiere

Yesterday's offerings from the autumn/winter 2008 Paris collections opened with yet another stand-out showing by the Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere. Of all those working in fashion today, Ghesquiere is perhaps the most influential and, if his word is law, the future belongs to a sci-fi It girl clad in moulded vinyl, photographic printed latex and grey tailoring – also moulded – articulated with panels of ivory, silver and rose.

How power dressing became a key theme for menswear in Milan

The menswear collections in Milan last week celebrated a brawny (and brainy) new silhouette. Glenn Waldron reports

Iran and Syria try to upstage US in Iraq

President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has invited the leaders of Iraq and Syria to a summit in Tehran this weekend to discuss ways of ending the sectarian violence in Iraq, upstaging the US and underlining the growing influence of Iran.

Could Galloway's party snub cause a Cable Street riot?

* Last year's "Battle of Bethnal Green" between George Galloway MP and Oona King was among the most brutal of recent election stand-offs.

My Week: Bianca O'Brien

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My Week: Val Garland - Mistress of mascara

Val Garland is one of the fashion world's most sought-after make- up artists. she's just finished a week at the Paris couture shows, where she worked with alexander mcqueen. her latest project is a George Michael and Mary J Blige video

A dark vision is next big thing

WHO IS the next big thing in fashion? At Paris Fashion Week, the search is on to find out. Is it Olivier Theyskens, 21, the Belgian designer from Brussels? For his second show yesterday afternoon Theyskens showed a dark and nightmarish vision of fashion for spring and summer 1999.

Fashion: The man who turned Madonna into a Goth

When Madonna gives a designer her seal of approval, his success is assured. Nicolas Ghesquiere, the new man at Balenciaga, cannot fail: the pop star is already quite a fan. Ian Phillips meets the great couturier's latest successor at his Paris studio

Fashion: Change of cut from catwalk to high street

Morgan shows its collection with the trendsetters, but what it sells in the shops is remade for the woman in the street, says Melanie Rickey

Fashion: What's hot - High-low shoes

WHEN the new big-mouth, all-hype-and-no-trousers designer Jeremy Scott sent his models down the catwalk wearing one shoe higher than the other at his Paris Fashion Week show, "Contrapied", last month, little did he know he was about to instigate the Next Big Trend in footwear.

Voters wary of economic booms

Academics say electorate judges government on whole record

Why this was the toast of Paris ...

Today John Galliano must be a proud and happy man. The bandana'd plumber's son from Streatham is the toast of Paris and London. "There hasn't been an outburst of press attention like this since Christian Lacroix launched 10 years ago," says Sarah Mower, fashion-features director at Harpers Bazaar US magazine. "John Galliano's Dior debut was the outright winner," pronounced fashion high-priestess Suzy Menkes in the International Herald Tribune, and the whole of Fleet Street agreed. But if Galliano is happy, there's someone who is likely to be even happier, and that is Bernard Arnault, the business brains behind Dior.

Paris fashion house chiefs change clothes

At a reception hosted by British Vogue at the British embassy in Paris on Sunday night, the mood was buoyant. As Paris Fashion Week came to a close, the industry heard that John Galliano will head the house of Dior, after only three seasons at Givenchy, and that his fellow British bad boy, Alexander McQueen is to succeed him at Givenchy after only eight seasons in business. Our home-grown designers now lead the established French couture houses.

ANOTHER VIEW; I'll be streets ahead in London

My decision to move my women's wear show for Autumn/Winter '96 from Paris to London has surprised a lot of people in the fashion world. Why move, when we have just staged a very successful men's show in Paris?
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