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It’s one of those awkward family photos that would be best gathering dust in an album, seen only by the eyes of one's nearest and dearest.

Why Britannia wasn't so cool for Michelle

When Michelle Obama chose to wear an Alexander McQueen gown to a state dinner in honour of Chinese president Hu Jintao last week, she was presumably unaware of the controversy such a gesture might spark.

Ready To Wear: The fashion establishment always come back to black

The big story for the forthcoming season may be the wearing of full-on colour – blocked, printed, tone-on-tone, whatever – but only a few dipped their toes into that particular water at last week's British Fashion Awards.

London fashion honours new stars – and some old ones

There was only one label to be seen in at last night's British Fashion Awards and it's a name that was at the heart of the event. Lee Alexander McQueen, who died last February, was London's brightest talent and guests were arrayed in some of the brand's most flamboyant creations as they gathered at The Savoy for the ceremony.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (28/11/10)

Still talking turkey

Cameron's chums &ndash; all in this together

Matt Chorley and Brian Brady identify the pals of the Prime Minister who are now enjoying jolly japes at the taxpayers' expense

The killer heels that will save lives

For every child who dies of a preventable disease in an industrialized country, more than 2,000 children will die in developing countries such as Africa and India.

Sir George Young defends Tory vanity staff on public payroll

A Cabinet minister today defended the practice of putting some Conservative Party officials and aides on the public payroll.

KT Tunstall, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Diminutive Scottish-born singer K T Tunstall sprang on stage at the Shepherd's Bush Empire wearing skin-tight leather leggings and a baggy T-shirt, immediately invigorating the audience with her firecracker presence.

Mary Dejevsky: Police who loiter without intent

Notebook

Joan Smith: Influential women list is flattering but utterly flawed

The number of politicians on the British top 10 is none, nil, or to put it another way, zero

Quiz: Conference question time

The party conferences are over for another year, but were you paying attention? Our quiz sorts the political nerds from the know-nothings (answers at the bottom of the page)

No dramas, but assured speech steadies party

It failed to enthuse the public at the general election and Tory party workers admit it "bombed" on the doorstep. But yesterday David Cameron attempted to explain again his vision of a "big society" as he prepared the country for the pain of spending cuts in his first speech to the Conservative Party conference as Prime Minister. He suggested that the sacrifices needed to cut the £155 bn deficit would be rewarded with tax cuts before the next election.

Miliband's unmarried status is unlikely to bother voters

Ed Miliband has scored a minor historic first by being the only unmarried man ever to be elected leader of the Labour Party – though that says more about how society has changed than it says about him.

Mrs Clegg swaps the corridors of power for the fashion runway

she is more usually associated with all things yellow but Miriam González Durántez turned green yesterday as she helped launch an ethical clothing range on the eve of London Fashion Week.

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