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I spent the first half of this summer only too pleased at the clouds, downpours and lingering chill in the air. I wanted the skies to reflect my mood, and if I wasn't feeling sunny or blithe, I was damned if anyone else should be.

The evidence: The shoe designer's work table

Emma Hope trained at Cordwainers College in east London. Her shop, selling shoes and a new handbag range, is in Sloane Square, London SW1. She also designs for Paul Smith

The 50 best: Time to put a little spring in your step

Forget last season; we've got the next century to think about! If your fashion sense has been mouldering under mothballs, now's the time to give it a fin-de-siecle flourish. Fashion stylist Amy Jones lists 50 simple items to update your wardrobe and give you cutting-edge clout. Whether it's Savile Row sartoria or Top Man trend you're after, her style counsel will have the dreariest dresser dancing to a cool new tune.

The Sitter's Tale: Paul Smith

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the designer talks about his 'cheeky' portrait

Women's Fashion: I want you

Whether it's a quick fix of your favourite designer, or a weekend treat from a luxury boutique, this spring, it's the little things that mean so much. Styling by Holly Wood. Photographs by Fleur Olby

It's London Men's Fashion Week ... so where are Paul Smith, Burro and Boateng, then?

LONDON MEN'S Fashion Week (LMFW) kicked off quietly yesterday morning with a five-hour gap after two designers pulled out from their catwalk shows at the last minute.

Art: Private View - The Citibank Photography Prize

The Citibank Photography Prize The Photographers' Gallery, London WC2

Fashion: Lady boy

Brother and sister? No - this is one person. Gaku's androgynous looks have earned him modelling assignments around the world. Tamsin Blanchard talks to a man who has seamlessly crossed the gender divide. Photographs by Dietmar

The Fifty Best: Fifty ways to look a million dollars

As every woman knows, buying a party dress at Christmas is one of Life's Great Joys. Purely frivolous, totally self-indulgent, worn into the ground for one season and then (be honest now) abandoned at the back of the wardrobe, the party dress is probably the most enjoyable purchase of the shopping year. The only problem is choosing from the dizzying array of designs on offer. To help, we asked Lizzy Shepherd of `Frank' magazine to select the best of this year's models, from classic velvets and Little Black Dresses to the very `now' metallics and reds. All you have to do is flex that credit card, and party.

Fashion: The wrong trousers

Robert Llewellyn, star of Red Dwarf, is having a mid-life crisis: he's 42, he hates suits but he doesn't want to look like the oldest teenager in town. He tells his story - and four designers offer their solutions. Photographs by Tom Corbett. Styling by Holly Wood

Shopping: Check It Out; Debenhams

These days, it is hard to think of a high street shop that has not persuaded a high-profile fashion designer to spruce up its image and give its products the alluring sheen which only a designer logo can bestow. Dorothy Perkins, Principles and Evans are all at it. But, top of the heap is Debenhams, which has been launching increasingly impressive "designer" collections since 1993 and has, this year, set designers loose on homewears.

Fashion: Juicy fruits

In this season of high camp, choosing a wardrobe for next summer requires a careful eye

Design: Make a show of yourself

One minute you're languishing in your studio, the

Fifteen minutes? Not nearly enough

There's nothing people won't do to be famous. And more opportunities knocking than ever before. By Emma Cook

Fashion: `Black Jasper Conran frock, size 12. Have it sent round'

Get off the Philippe Starck sofa and go to Harvey Nicks? Not if I can help it. Catalogue shopping reaches the beau monde. By Melanie Rickey

Fashion: This is my fast-track suit

Dressing for the city is an ongoing dilemma for fashion-conscious women. How to be smart and stylish without looking like Ally McBeal? (She's just so ... Eighties.) Ditch the tailoring and think sporty
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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain