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Ready To Wear: When it comes to luxury wool, fashion has upped the ante

It should come as no great surprise that just as cashmere – once a highly elitist (read prohibitively expensive) yarn – becomes accessible to the many as opposed to the privileged few, fashion ups the ante.

Great strides: Trousers back in the style spotlight

No longer overshadowed by dresses or denim, trousers have stepped back into the style spotlight for autumn. Carola Long reports on a trend that's set to run wild

Outside Edge (18/07/10)

Given the antics of professional golfers, it's no surprise to learn that playing a round is the third most popular excuse for male love cheats, according to IllicitEncounters.com, who specialise in arranging extra-marital affairs: 13.8 per cent like a bit of rough because you can play on your own and thus avoid the need to provide an alibi. A story of love and death is emerging in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where Bruno Fernandes, goalkeeper for champions Flamengo, is accused of plotting to murder his girlfriend Eliza Samudio after she had his child against his wishes. His cousin claims he saw her being killed by a former policeman, then her body was fed to rottweilers. Police are looking for leads.

Stella McCartney to design Olympic kit

Stella mccartney is to design the kit for the British Olympic team, working with Adidas, which has appointed her creative director of its Team GB ranges. This is the first time a prestigious fashion designer has worked with a sports brand to provide clothes for the national Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Carola Long: 'The fashion world loves Stella McCartney’s Seventies mum look – it’s the cheats way to do summer'

Why has the fashion world got so excited about Stella McCartney's "Seventies mum look", complete with denim skirt and sensible cork sandals? Because it's easy. It's the cheat's way to do summer. Such a demure ensemble offers a lifeline for anyone who considers the flesh exposure of plunging maxis and playsuits about as dignified as streaking at the World Cup.

Carola Long: 'I'm very evangelical about my latest natural skin care discovery'

Until recently, I wasn't particularly zealous about green beauty products – be that organic, biodynamic or just free of certain chemicals. Natural skincare brands and devotees tend to question why people pay more attention to what they put into their bodies than on to their skin, but I've put plenty of burgers and booze into my system over the years, so it seemed pointless to stress over a few preservatives.

Sarah Sands: Know thyself - it's the only way to avoid being a figure of fun

We try to see ourselves as others do, but celebrities have no such hang-up

McCartney minimalism reflects new austerity

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday with a show that went to prove that the return of minimalism to the international catwalks is the story of the autumn/winter 2010 season.

Discreet luxury and courage on show in Paris

Celine continues its rebirth under Phoebe Philo as the status label to watch

London Fashion Week to be streamed live

For those not fortunate enough to be attending London Fashion Week in person, all the key shows will be available to watch live on the official website, and next week, on www.independent.co.uk.

Terence Blacker: A guide to the new eco-religion

Once the church of Green Faith exists there will be no room for agnostics

Hit & Run: Snotty nose, cashmere leggings

They look good on the uber-trendy child models in the ad campaign, and you know they'd look good on your offspring, too. As of yesterday morning, any pampered kid aged between the ages of 0 and 10 can work their new look from Stella McCartney – or more specifically, Stella McCartney for GapKids and BabyGap – while sipping their babyccinos. It's another coup for Gap, which has a successful history of bringing designers like Pierre Hardy and Roland Mouret on board to give their adult clothing some cutting edge. And when Hit & Run frisked the rails at 8am when the first collection hit stores yesterday morning, it looked like Stella had scored the chain yet another hit. She's designed exactly the sort of retro-cool clothes that will appeal to the adults buying the clothes.

Naomi Watts: The First Lady of Hollywood

When Forbes magazine recently published a list of the most bankable actress in Hollywood, Naomi Watts was the surprising name at the top of the list.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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