My big night out with Madonna and Demi

David Usborne joins Tina Brown and 1,400 of her very closest friends at the lavish New York launch of Talk magazine

STYLE POLICE: It's all in the jeans

OK, Bros once wore them - but guffawing polo players still do. Yet white denims are cool again, insists JAMES SHERWOOD

Fashion: Back to cool

Airtex may be an unlikely choice for summer's most desirable designs, but it has come a long way since double games. Styling by Lizzy Shepherd. Photographs by Alex Cayley

Fashion: Look back in languor

The mood in Milan was gloss and glamour, with a hint of retro and some mud around the hem.

Real Shopping: Style Police - Look, no hands

This season's bags leave your hands free but they're not without their problems. JAMES SHERWOOD explains how to avoid an ungainly hunt for your keys

Muddy colours dominate the Milan catwalk

THE MIGHTY MaxMara showed both its mainline collection and the younger Sportmax line in Milan yesterday. Both labels are much loved in Italy - the company is the only one to rival Armani in profits year after year.

Sailing: Italians on top in Cup trial

ITALY'S PRADA Team, skippered by Francesco de Angelis, were unbeaten on the first day of an America's Cup trial regatta in Auckland yesterday. Prada, the best-funded America's Cup challengers, have spent more time in Auckland practising than any other crew seeking to take on the defending champions, New Zealand.

Fashion: Off the peg Women are not alone in adoring accessories, discovers Melanie Rickey

few weeks ago in Milan, and again in Paris last weekend, the pundits of the men's fashion industry gathered to witness the collections for autumn/winter '99.

Fashion: The Style Police - Leave streetwear to the street

A season too late, Prada and friends are in raptures over the `urban warrior' look. Let's hope they get over it soon, yawns James Sherwood

Arts: At last! Theatre a la mode

No catwalk, no music, no models. Just a vocal warm-up. And this is a Prada fashion show? David Benedict on a first for British theatre

Clever fashion shoppers spend more to get best bargains

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Fashion: Dress sense

I HAD a funny weekend, last weekend. Partly funny ha ha, but more funny peculiar. I spent most of it in a bemused stupor. It was all because of a school reunion - not just any old school get-together though. Someone had had the idea that we ought to meet up again, after almost 25 years, on account of the miserable fact that we all turned 40 this year.

Fashion: Soft landing

The Puffa jacket gave us the notion that there was a simple answer to keeping warm in winter: wear a duvet. Now the idea has been revived and redefined, and eiderdowns, quilts and sleeping bags have been making their mark on the season's fashion. For the best, try Hussein Chalayan, Joseph, Ghost and Helmut Lang, whose subtly padded creations envelop you in blissful warmth without forcing you to waddle sideways down corridors

Shopping with.. Tracey Boyd: Florence, Paris, Portobello

TRACEY BOYD imagines that most designers, like herself, hardly ever buy clothes. "I wear my own - if you're a girl it kind of makes sense, but when I do buy I choose things which are completely different from what I design." Boyd produces pretty skirts and dresses in beautiful fabrics for her own two-year-old label, Boyd, but when she's "nowhere near fashion people", rustles around in long skirts "made from tent material" which make her feel like a wigwam. "I go to Vexed Generation in Soho [3 Berwick Street, London W1; 0171 287 6224] which sells amazing streetwear. It's terrifying to get to, on the first floor down an alleyway which smells of piss - you have to walk across this horrible chicken wire bit, but inside it's fantastic and inventive."

Fashion: Tall talent in a flat land

Belgian menswear designers are flexing their moules, and the world is watching.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game