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Closure of Aubin & Wills is another sign that shoppers have tired of  high-end collegewear

1. F&F: £7 tesco.com - A gaudy floral print on swimming shorts is never a good look. Vivid colours may clash with sunburnt skin so opt instead for something more tasteful and restrained.

The Ten Best swimming shorts

Whether you're packing for the beach or heading to the local lido, ditch the trunks and get something more substantial

Owner of looted shop slams police

A shopkeeper burst into tears this morning as she described the agonising wait for police to come to the scene of her looted couture clothes store.

How We Met: Nacho Figueras & Mark Cann

'I remember thinking that he was so gorgeous, I'd probably leave my wife for him'

My-Wardrobe bags funding of £6m to move into Europe

The online fashion store My-Wardrobe has received an investment of $9m (£6m) from a venture capital group to accelerate its growth overseas.

Dress Code - Christian Audigier, designer

What are you wearing right now?

Morphoses: The Wheeldon Company, Sadler's Wells, London<br/>Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London<br/>James Thiérrée, Barbican Theatre, London

Dancers give up their holidays to join the troupe run by Christopher Wheeldon. Not all the work merits it

Black magic

Pay your last respects to the harsh power-black of the Eighties, says Nilgin Yusuf, this time around it's chic, dramatic, warm and inviting

FAMILY TRAVEL: Top Table

LUCAS CARTON, PARIS

Fashion: Isn't it a lovely day to be caught in the rain?

You don't have to be Gene Kelly to make rainwear look stylish this season. From quilted coats to windcheaters and ponchos, our heroic high street shops have found ever-more versatile solutions to combat our winter weather. By Rebecca Lowthorpe

Behind the designer labels, a world of exploitation and abuse

CLOTHES SOLD in Britain by some of fashion's biggest names are made in sweatshops where female workers are tricked into bonded labour and banned from becoming pregnant. Some have been forced to have abortions if they do.

PETER YORK ON ADS No 291: GAP

The Benetton equation - "shocking" ads, boring product - holds good with Gap, too. Only the Gap commercials are smart and charming rather than shocking, and all the more insidious for that. The recent Gap series, the dancing ones - Sixties go-go etc - and the singing ones, are all really good in their bland way. They recycle other people's ideas, aesthetics and music in good-taste, high-production-value, high-concept ways. And in very much a photographer's studio; white-out, tasteful settings, with no problematic class or tribal-specific detailing. It's all done with a strong stylist's editorial eye (rather as Ralph Lauren gained hugely from Ann Boyd's taste).

Fast Track: CV - A career in the life of Michael D'Souza, Entrepreneur

Michael D'Souza, 40, "escaped" from high-powered marketing posts for clients including Polo Ralph Lauren and Coca-Cola to become the brains behind Mufti, a new line of home furnishings. He claims he has never had such complete creative freedom in the world of marketing.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
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