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Rediscovering Rupert Lee: WWI artist in retrospective

The artist, printmaker and sculptor Rupert Lee was a contemporary of Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer and Nevinson, an associate of the Bloomsbury group and a key figure in the Surrealist movement. For the first time in ninety-years, his work is due to be exhibited at a London gallery.

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We're off to Macclesfield to make an idiot of ourselves – then loading up on ice-cream!

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Carola Long: 'How to plan ahead for your year in fashion'

Terry Pratchett couldn't invent a more complex play on the space-time continuum than the fashion calendar. In theory, at least, it's simple: several months before designer collections hit the shelves, the catwalk shows give a pretty clear glimpse into our sartorial future, followed by a handy period of preparation. However, it gets a bit more complicated when you factor in pre-fall (autumn) collections, which hit the shops around May and June, cruise collections, which start landing in October and November, and the fact that winter coats go on sale at the hottest time of the year, in high summer. Not to mention trying to look au fait with the season we're actually in.

Fur flies again in the fashion world

Far from shunning animal pelts, designers have been plastering them all over this year's collections

'Double act' aims to dish up speedy profits at Selfridges' new eaterie

Mark Hix and Ratnesh Bagdai tell John Lawless how they made money in the teeth of the recession by avoiding the industry's two big mistakes

Fluff flies as fashion writers pick a cat fight with bloggers

Editors claim the amateurs taking their front-row seats have been bought by the big couture houses

Amorous alternative for tea drinkers

An aphrodisiac tea was launched today ahead of Valentine's Day.

Rhiannon Harries: The 1990s are back? They were bad enough the first time round

When it comes to clothing, the word "vintage" covers a wide spectrum of personal definitions. For sticklers, it's a term to describe everything that falls between a flapper dress and a hippy-chick maxi – garments produced between 1920 and 1980. For others, it's just a more poetic way of referring to a belt they've pilfered from their mother's wardrobe.

Clinton Cards and Ted Baker add to retailers' festive cheer

Clinton Cards and Ted Baker both issued buoyant trading updates yesterday, rounding off an upbeat week of festive reporting on the high street.

Shops open early for bargain hunters

Retailers in London were hoping to see one of the busiest shopping days of the year with the start of Boxing Day sales.

Saving grace: There are bargains aplenty in the sales

When budgets are tight, why spend more than you need to? There are bargains aplenty in the sales – provided you plan ahead, says Carola Long

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