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.

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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
Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
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Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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