Hit & Run: Golden Gowns

Forget all usual Hollywood waffle about the actor's craft, what some of us really care about is the actor's dress sense. Fortunately this year's Golden Globes provided us with an entertaining crop of fashion blockbusters, classics and downright turkeys. Herewith, some of the key themes.

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Handbags at dawn as Milan designers clash over show times

Dolce & Gabbana infuriate rivals by switching dates to accommodate Jewish clients

A bold new look for beauty

Get ready to face next season with a makeover of your beauty bag. There's a brave new world of hair, make-up and nail trends out there, says Carola Long

Bronze age: How the sun tan became a standard summer accessory

The sun tan. Fake or natural, it has always caused a stir. Once a sign of poverty and vulgarity it is now the preserve of the rich and famous.

Katherine Butler: Irish shopkeepers' eyes for a bargain

Dublin Notebook: My €200 gift voucher would have to be spent before barter took the place of commerce

Catwalk king brings madness to the shop floor

He is known for clothing the likes of Sienna Miller in his fluttery, feminine dresses and for having Prince play an impromptu set at one of his catwalk shows.

Dress code: Charlotte Tilbury, make-up artist

What are you wearing right now?

I'm wearing a Balmain dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes, an Alessandro dell'Acqua jacket, and carrying a Marc Jacobs handbag.

Fashion: The return of the shoulder pad

Another fashion renaissance at the shows and on the party circuit: the return of the shoulder pad. For those non-believers who remain uninspired or frankly repulsed by the ubiquitous 1980s revival – well, there's nothing to ease the pain. The second coming is upon us and the shoulder pad shall be its foremost prophet.

It's autumn in Milan

Designers present their ready-to-wear autumn/winter collections at Milan Fashion Week yesterday. The three Sixties and Seventies-inspired styles on the far left are from Marni. The remainder are by the Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, whose 'tough-chic' collection was inspired by Blade Runner and Mad Max REUTERS; AFP/Getty images

Dress code: Mischa Barton, Actress

What are you wearing right now?

An Elie Saab gown, as a result of the closing gala for Paris Couture Week.

It may be fashion, but is it art?

Last week, one of the world's most prestigious art fairs devoted an entire section to the glossy, airbrushed world of fashion photography. As demand for such imagery soars, Rhiannon Harries asks, does a Galliano shoot really belong in a gallery?

Fashionably early: Milan Fashion Week

Amid the high glamour of Milan Fashion Week over the past seven days we saw the start of next spring's big trends. Here are five key ideas to start cultivating now, if you want to be truly fashion forward. Just be careful on those heels... Report by Carola Long in Milan

Feast of flesh as Cavalli economises on fabric

Celebrities looking to grab the limelight on the red carpet can breathe a sigh of relief. After a few seasons of covered-up, romantic collections, Roberto Cavalli has returned to the "molto sexy" look for which he is best known, albeit with a lighter touch and no animal print. Perhaps the credit crisis has forced him to use less fabric, or maybe the designer could no longer repress his unofficial motto that if you've got it – and maybe even if you haven't – flaunt it.

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