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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

Italian town set to ban 'skimpy' skirts

Just how mini can a miniskirt be? If the mayor of a small Italian town has his way, law enforcement officials, and not fashion gurus, will be the ones to decide.

Ready To Wear: The 'Fatal' dress acts like plastic surgery – but without the mess

Interactive fashion – that genre rare for its democracy in a world of diktats – comes in many shapes and forms. For those old enough to remember Bodymap, it might once have entailed buying a skirt that could be worn long or short, a sartorial miracle achieved merely by folding over a super-stretchy waistband more or fewer times. Rocket scientists need not apply.

Muslim women in tight clothes ban

Officials in a devoutly Islamic area distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as an order banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect.

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It could have been a scene out of the novels of Anthony Trollope or John Galsworthy: the massed ranks of a venerable science organisation, the Royal Institution, gathered to vote on a resolution to restore a high-profile woman who had been dropped as its director over budgetary overruns.

How the Girl Guides changed for the better

Being a Girl Guide was once all about duty, self-denial and WI-style homecrafts – and Liz Hoggard doesn't remember all her years in blue uniform fondly. But a century after its birth, the movement has changed for the better

Going to great lengths: The long skirt is back

After years in the style wilderness, the long skirt is back. But it can be a tricky look to master, says Harriet Walker

1848 Year of Revolution, By Mike Rapport

Largely due to the "restraint showed by the Chartists", this country escaped the tumult that swept a dozen European states in 1848. Rapport's vivid tour d'horizon reminds us of the dramatic birth-pangs associated with the arrival of modernity.

Hit & Run: Real men don't skirt the issue

Katie Price's tough boyfriend, a cage-fighter named Alex Reid, has revealed that he likes to dress up in women's clothing. Katie is, reports a gabby friend, "100 per cent behind him, and totally comfortable" with his hobby. And before anyone starts calling him names – or wondering how he plans to fill Ms Price's generously proportioned undergarments – we're also told, "Alex is not ashamed in the slightest. On the contrary, he thinks the subject matter is totally misunderstood."

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Ian Burrell: Sun skirts the political rules

On the day of European and local council elections, Sun Talk, the new broadcasting arm of the The Sun newspaper, has just featured interviews by right-of-centre presenter Jon Gaunt with Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, and Mark Francoise, the shadow Europe minister.

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