Life and Style London: JW Anderson, Milan: Bottega Veneta, Paris: Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby

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

Deborah Ross: Have you ever tried to spend erotic capital?

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School bans skirts in concern over rising hemlines

A school concerned about rising hemlines has become the latest to ban girls from wearing skirts.

The Insider: How to create your own space

Need a home office? Or somewhere to sew? Or even a place just to sort bills without everyone else in your face? Carve out your own space, says Caroline Clifton-Mogg in A Space of My Own (£19.99, Ryland Peters), "and you'll be more productive, more organised, even more creative". Her book is full of inspiring tips to transform tiny corners and spare rooms into just that. Here are my faves (plus a few of my own).

Deborah Ross: At long last! A new body part to hate

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Thousands march to change outdated attitudes on sexuality

SlutWalk was formed after a Canadian policeman made ill-considered remarks about rape and women's appearance

Christina Patterson: Sex, and the feminist's new clothes

Perhaps the women who say they are 'new feminists' could understand that everything you wear sends out a message

Ready To Wear: The pencil skirt lives up to its hypersexualised silhouette

You're wearing a skirt," says my friend, who is observant. "Yes, it's National Skirt Wearing Week," I tell her, which is not true, but given that I live in jeans and have had my legs out for a full three days...

Clare Strand's sleight of hand

Photographer Clare Strand’s first UK solo exhibition Sleight is an array of visual trickery, conjuring and the absurd.

Pulling their punches: How Bolivia’s street-fighting women became a sporting sensation

They started out as a novelty act. Now Bolivia's female wrestlers are a sporting phenomenon – with a cultural message

Ready To Wear: There's rather more to fashion these days than skirt lengths

There was a time when the new season's style rested on nothing more multi-layered or faceted than skirt length. This carried with it a certain degree of cultural significance, giving fashion editors food for thought, at least. And so wartime austerity and fabric rationing decreed that skirts should be narrow and no longer than the knee.

Harriet Walker: Can you combine comfort with cool?

Another season of shows passed, all with more worrying new trends to analyse than a government-official's notebook, and yet another shopping list to draw up. I've made a pact with myself only to buy things I don't need from now on – and that's not me being all cool and off-the-wall, it's purely pragmatic.

Deborah Ross: New clothes are a ticket to nowhere fast

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Go to great lengths: Skirts are longer this season

Whether midi or maxi, skirts are longer this season. So pack up your minis, this look will suit you down to the ground, says Harriet Walker

Diaries Volume One 1939-1960, By Christopher Isherwood

In her introduction to this vast, immaculately produced book, its editor Katherine Bucknell notes that Christopher Isherwood's handwritten diaries, which he maintained at great daily length (excepting a "wild" spell in the late Forties), contained "hardly any mistakes of any kind. The diaries are an endless transcript of life – without blot, without error, without misstatement, without verbal crime." As with the essays of his contemporary George Orwell, you could read this book as a primer on style. Bucknell points out that "page upon page reflect the clarity of his mind, his absolute mastery of syntax, his easy ranging, precise diction, his effortless power of description."

Deborah Ross: 'It’s no fun having the red tops up your skirt'

If you ask me, it's a sad day when the red tops look up J-Lo's skirt and report back that she has "dimpled thighs". It's a sad day for J-Lo and a sad day for all those dimpled thighs who just want to get on with their business quietly. "I never bother anyone when I go about my dimpling," one such thigh says. "I dimple in the mornings, and then tend to read for the afternoon. I like Philip Roth."

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