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Prada's London flagship site goes on sale for £30m

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Milan Fashion Week: All things bright and beautiful...

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Ready to Wear: Enter the humble sock in its not quite so humble glory

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Helmut Lang: The original urban outfitter

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Strange Days Indeed, By Francis Wheen

A book devoted to detailing the excesses of the Seventies, "that era of polyester, platform shoes and power cuts", may sound as appealing as a bottle of Hirondelle, the ubiquitous plonk of that time.

Perfect vision: Fashion's most memorable imagery

Superstar art director David James is the creative force behind some of fashion's most memorable imagery. He tells Harriet Walker how he captures the spirit of the age

One step ahead: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what makes Prada the world's most influential fashion label

From simple nylon rucksacks to wilfully challenging shoes, one label has always been at fashion's cutting edge. And that's to say nothing of the yachts, architecture, art patronage... Now a new book lays bare the full extent of the empire that Miuccia Prada has built, and the extraordinary influence her designs have over us

Don't call me Gordon Gekko: Power dressing for the boys is all about subtle, stylish touches

Pinstripe double-breasted suit, £1,447, shirt, £303, and tie, £163, all by Raf Simons, Liberty, Regent's Street, London W1, 020-7734 1234

Ready to Wear: Is colourless plastic the new nylon? Quite probably, Miuccia Prada suggests

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