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Carola Long: 'The skinny jean-based silhouette has now reached perfection – provided you get it right

"I get a bit sick of this skinny black uniform," announced Luella Bartley after her candy-coloured spring/summer show in September. She's referring, of course, to the Balmain-meets- Alexander-Wang-meets-French-Vogue editor-look which nine out of 10 fashion lovers prefer: ankle boots, spray-on jeans, boyish T-shirt, long thin cardigan and a leather jacket. It may not be original, and you may look like a bit of a fashion-bot, but some of us aren't at all sick of it because it's so damn easy. That is, those of us who have never quite recovered from the convenience of a school uniform. What some people call a rut, I call a capsule wardrobe.

The Thick of It: Back in the loop

With a general election approaching, the return of Armando Iannucci's invective-filled political satire couldn't be better timed, says Gerard Gilbert

Think small not mall: Ditch contemporary retail and head for the bijou boutique

A purring machine" is Emile Zola's description of the vast, ruthlessly contrived department store at the centre of his 19th-century novel The Ladies' Paradise, which charts the early stages of our now full-blown love affair with shopping.

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Observations: Pandas come out of retirement to highlight climate change

Everyone recognises the iconic WWF black and white panda logo, and charity collection boxes that used to sit in post offices and shops. Well, now some will look a lot less familiar, thanks to a group of artists and designers who have transformed 120 of them into works of art for a project called Pandamonium. The pandas, which have been brought out of retirement to highlight the urgent need to address climate change and its impact on people, wildlife and the planet, will be on show in Selfridges windows and around the shop's concept store on Oxford Street from today until the end of October.

August – the perfect time for Christmas shopping

It might be months before the clocks get put back, but that hasn't stopped department stores decking their halls with boughs of holly

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The new gold: Lost Malawi to hit the shelves of Waitrose

Tea as your grandparents would have drunk it is on its way to the UK for the first time in over a hundred years. Lost Malawi, a hand-crafted pure black tea, will be on the shelves at Waitrose in November, exported from the first African single-estate tea grower. Henrietta Lovell, a former corporate finance expert, runs the Rare Tea Company which imports the tea from Malawi.

Couple with the Midas touch open new concessions

Annoushka Ducas and John Ayton, the couple who sold Links of London for £50m two years ago, are defying the recession and opening their new jewellery concessions in 11 shops this Wednesday.

Birthday rivalry on the high street

Cath Kidston, Heal’s, OKA and M&S get nostalgic - and cut-throat - over their milestone anniversaries, Annie Deakin reports

Plenty of smashing new talent in store

Some of the art world's biggest names have nominated their favourite rising stars for an exhibition at Selfridges. They tell Charlotte Cripps why they chose them

Frankmusik - Bigger than hype

Vincent Frank, aka Frankmusik, has received plenty of positive press attention already, but he's confident that he doesn't need it. Rob Sharp meets an assured new talent

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