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The autumn/winter 2014 shows took in three cities across two weeks. For next season, designers’ labours yielded a brave new vision  for the modern male, argues Alexander Fury

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Miniskirts get Indonesia's MPs hot under the collar

Government bids to outlaw 'provocative' clothes in largest Muslim country

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Fashion: A warm Current is blowing in

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Mary Quant: Autobiography, By Mary Quant

Together, Mary Quant and the Beatles defined the 1960s. If England swung – and Time magazine thought so, its April 1966 cover capturing the moment – then Mary, every bit as much as John, Paul, George and Ringo, set it in motion. As Jan Morris wrote later that year: "England was an aristocracy gone to seed, exhausted by war and responsibility, and very nearly tired of life. It was the Angry Young Men of the Fifties who shocked the old body into self-awareness: The Beatles and their friends ... put her into mini-skirts".

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And the Bafta for best dressed goes to...

Forget the films – it's always the outfits that steal the show. Rebecca Gonsalves selects the red carpet's most blockbusting frocks from ceremonies gone by

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Boxing authorities will have to decide whether women boxers should wear skirts, as in the South African bout above, or shorts at the Olympics

Shorts or skirts? Female boxers face a split decision at London 2012

Sport's chiefs want women to take the 'elegant' option at Olympics – but they've got a fight on their hands

Noises Off, Old Vic, London
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Michael Frayn's play-within-a-play is as funny as ever in this slick production, while, across town, gritty new writers make their mark

Alice Jones: There really is no place for sex in politics

IMHO... In most workplaces this kind of talk would get you sacked on the spot

Crying and spat on, plight of girl, 7, mobilises Israelis against extremists

Thousands of Israelis are expected to march through the city of Bet Shemesh later this week to protest against the treatment of women by ultra-orthodox Jewish extremists, with tensions high after a seven-year-old girl said she had been spat on in the street.

Being Modern: School uniforms

Admittedly it feels like just a week since we were all utterly unsurprised by yet more record GCSE results. But already it's back-to-school time. Which, for 85 per cent of parents, according to the recent Cost of a Child survey by insurers LV, means it's time to pick up a new uniform. The big question is, where from? And, given the recent furore over girls' skirts, how high they're riding and whether it would be better to make everyone wear trousers so certain individuals don't need to be sent home to change on a daily basis, what should they be buying?

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A traditional school uniform has become an essential in classrooms across the country – and a drain on parents' wallets. As the new term looms, Lena Corner examines the politics of academic attire.
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