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

Fresh energy from fusion of couture with punk

Appealing collections from Giles Deacon and Luella Bartley in London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week - Danielle Scutt

New Gen designer Danielle Scutt showed a collection of femme fatale skirt suits in red and black, as well as vivid animal print jumpsuits and embellished flapper-style dresses today.

The Ten Best Skirts

Cut a dash with one of these wonderful skirts.

Postal service releases "Design Classics" stamps

The UK postal service has released ten new stamps for 2009, featuring iconic designs from the 20th century.

Leading Article: Drive with care

The Government's drive to persuade fathers to take a more active role in their children's education has to be welcomed. Boys, particularly from single-parent families where the sole adult is female and there are no male teachers in their primary school, would especially benefit from having an adult role model taking an interest in their education – a fact which is borne out by academic research into their attainment.

Rape compensation cut for drunk victims

Rape victim campaigners today called for an inquiry into "old and silly prejudices" after it emerged that some women had compensation cut because they had been drinking.

Beef flank tartare

Serves 4

Andrew Neil in £4m bid to save PFD, talent agency decimated by walkout

The former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil has emerged as the unlikely saviour of Peters Fraser & Dunlop, the London talent agency that once had some of the biggest names in showbusiness on its books.

Philip Hensher: The answer lies in the length of men's shorts

The early outbreak of summer made me crack open the hot-weather wardrobe. In the way of these things, it turned out to contain, like Tutankhamun's tomb, treasures dating back practically to the dawn of time, favourite old T-shirts, ancient cracking pairs of sandals, and, especially, a long run of pairs of shorts. Some were 10 years old; others were from just last year.

Thrifty Living: The key to low-cost renovation? Marry an expert builder

It is now quite clear that the commercial imperative is all that drives the fashion world, so I've decided to ignore it altogether. This week, for example, we were encouraged to "give up dresses". Yes, the most practical, swift and elegant clothing ever designed is now OUT, I learn. It's skirts we must all wear. But, with a skirt, you have to find a top. Then you have to iron the top. And worry about that lump that can appear betwixt skirt and top, and have a panic about the length of skirt, height of shoe, and so on.

Dries Van Noten brings flower power back to Paris catwalk

It was the turn of the Belgian designer Dries Van Noten – a man known for a discreetly beautiful aesthetic that has earned him an unusually loyal clientele – to take to the Paris catwalk yesterday. For autumn-winter 2008, he offered up an homage to the work of the people whose job it is to craft fine clothing.

Farhi cashes in with coin-inspired collection

Nicole Farhi is known for combining masculine tailoring with fuss-free femininity and yesterday's show captured this as suit and sailor trousers were combined with ruffled blouses, while swingy, gathered skirts provided a confident flourish of girlishness.

Tracey Emin: My Life in a Column

New Year's Eve could have been worse. One day earlier I was hospital, in complete agony

Howard Jacobson: Elephants are far too precious to suffer the indignity of being dressed in a rah-rah skirt

It was sacrilege for Disney to make familiar what is beyond our comprehension
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?