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Elektro Kif, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Blanca Li’s Elektro Kif is an upbeat jumble of street dance, observational comedy and high school clichés. The different episodes go on too long, but Li’s all-male company are bright dancers with cheerful stage presence.

Luxury still in vogue as PPR sales rise

Thousand-pound python skin Gucci handbags can be added to the list of things that remain popular despite the economic gloom.

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Dressing table: Last-minute luxury

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Dressing Table: The best perfumes

New directions: Inspiration for Autumn

Tomboys, vamps and foil-clad dolly birds...Take inspiration from the catwalk, says Susannah Frankel, and an autumn season that is brilliantly diverse

The designer baby boom

It used to be the place to go for bibs, bottles and buggies. Now Mothercare simply can&rsquo;t compete with our love of luxury brands. <b>Alice-Azania Jarvis</b> reports

Ready To Wear: More musical chairs for the industry's top designers

The game of designer musical chairs that is affecting the fashion industry gathered momentum last week when it was announced that Hannah MacGibbon had parted company with the French fashion house Chloé.

Stella stars beneath the chandeliers

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday, choosing as her location the Opera Garnier.

The Insider: How to discover emerging designers

I felt a thrill when two designers I had bought from on eBay were later snapped up by Habitat and Elle Deco: spotting talent before it hits the mainstream could find you a bargain from the next Tom Dixon, or simply something unique. But where are these upstarts hiding?

27 years of London Fashion Week - in pictures

London Fashion Week returns on Friday for the twenty-seventh year running.

Carola Long: A winning formula: flattering, chic and cheap

The designs at Zara appeal to women of all ages, tend to be flattering, and are also smart enough to be worn in the office

Le beau monde: Designers sparkle in Paris

Horses at Herm&#232;s, a live orchestra at Chanel &ndash; Paris designers pulled out all the stops at the spring/summer shows. And then there were the clothes... Susannah Frankel found power dressing, flat shoes, and some serious sparkle

The British designer who's taken Ungaro back to its French roots

Giles Deacon's debut collection lit up Paris, writes Susannah Frankel

Advert 'did not discredit Stella McCartney fashion brand'

Designer Stella McCartney has lost an advertising complaint after her fashion brand was named in a promotion for personal hygiene products, a watchdog said today.

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