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Trish Lorenz meets the young names with big interiors ideas

Vilified QC in Bellfield case 'just doing his job'

When Jeffrey Samuels QC agreed to defend in court one of the most infamous British murderers of the past decade, he must have known it would prove an unpopular brief.

Councils' 'wild' spending exposed

Councils were facing questions about their "wild" spending after details emerged of tens of millions of pounds of expenditure on taxpayer-funded credit cards.

Get ready for Summer!

Southern Ardèche: Our new fortnightly series of travellers' guides to holiday destinations begins in this charming part of France. Simone Kane reports

The mummy returns: Ming Dynasty woman exhumed

She died many centuries ago, but her mummified corpse and clothing have been almost perfectly preserved despite being buried for hundreds of years in a wooden tomb a few feet beneath a busy street in the city of Taizhou, eastern China.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Of the dingy footman, and other such creatures

With a thump, a thick tome lands on my desk: it is the Provisional Atlas of the UK's Larger Moths. Two adjectives in that title, provisional and larger, may well deter some people as they give off a definite whiff of nerdiness, but having by now been infected with the nerd germ I am immune to such concerns, open the volume eagerly and at once find myself immersed in the world of the oblique carpet, the dark spinach, the smoky wainscot, the brindled pug, the snout, the beautiful snout, the Bloxworth snout and the true lover's knot.

British troops to get 'combat codpiece'

Defence technology based on armour worn by Genghis Khan's Mongol warriors in the 13th century will be used to protect British soldiers against bombs in Afghanistan.

Christmas gift guide: First lady

Elegant presents for doyennes of distinction

Hermès family draws up takeover defence

The 60 family shareholders of Hermès, the luxury-goods group famous for its silk scarves and leather bags, spent Friday working on a defence against any future takeover bid by rival LVMH.

18 Nadir trial witnesses dead, court told

Eighteen potential witnesses in the trial of tycoon Asil Nadir have died, the Old Bailey heard today.

Age of austerity? Last of the great couturiers goes for broke

Lagerfeld recreates a mock-Versailles for Chanel

Splashes of summer light up London's finest catwalks

Something you'll find in greater supply at London Fashion Week than at the other such events is humour, and Cumbrian-born designer Giles Deacon has it in spades.

Punk pioneer mellows with designs to flatter a good figure

There's nothing like a dame, especially when it comes to creating atmosphere. That's what Dame Vivienne Westwood has proved season after season and her Red Label show at London Fashion Week yesterday was no different.

Ready to Wear: The epilator is historically a fairly violent appliance

Part Two of the ready-to-wear series dedicated to hair: hair removal and, in particular, the removal of hair on the legs.

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