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The diet often becomes a fanatical and joyless one

Nice on Stella

Labour wants her advice, women want her clothes, but critics claim that Stella McCartney is little more than a Beatle's daughter. Ian Phillips discovers the truth

Cook's stars to push cool Britannia

ROBIN COOK appeared faintly embarrassed by his new role as "Mr Cool Britannia" yesterday as he launched a panel of experts charged with transforming the nation's image abroad.

Cook reveals the coolest people in Britain

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday stepped up its bid to project a fresh modern image for "Cool Britannia" by unveiling a panel of experts charged with promoting a true picture of the nation to the rest of the world.

The hidden meaning behind your mascara

Do you see yourself as a natural, classic or dramatic beauty? Glenda Cooper explains what the results of a special survey say about how women choose their make-up

Classics from the newest Brits on Paris catwalk

THE two newest Brits in Paris showed their collections yesterday: 26-year-old Stella McCartney for Chloe and 28-year-old Alexander McQueen for Givenchy. Both presented collections that were true to the style as the houses they are employed by, writes Tamsin Blanchard.

Fashion: From one-off to rip-off: a short step from the catwalk

Why spend pounds 1,000 on a Stella McCartney original when you can get the look for a tenth of the price down the high street? Tamsin Blanchard follows the journey from catwalk to chainstore, asks top designers how they cope, and suggests how to mix high fashion with good value wearables. Photographs by Sheridan Morley.

PLACES: DAKOTA

AS IF NOTTING HILL wasn't already stuffed with achingly fashionable eateries, since November its fun-loving inhabitants have had a new watering hole. Dakota, new baby sister to the established Montana in Fulham, is an attempt by directors Drew Barwick and Kevin Finch to bring "contemporary American" cuisine to London - there are plans for further venues later this year. Here, you can enjoy your grilled Iowa rib eye steak or jalapeno polenta with New World wine in feng-shui'd surroundings almost reminiscent of the birch and maple forests of the American north-west - well, kind of. The partitions, at any rate, are made of very authentic-looking logs. Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney and Boy George have all been sighted.

Fashion: Night fever

How to be the ultimate party girl when you're feeling fat, bloated and, frankly, just jaded as hell? Tamsin Blanchard offers tips.

The Christmas Quiz

It's nearly 1998 - but how much of 1997 can you remember? Test your wits with our annual quiz, compiled by Fiona Sturges. (Answers: page 34)

Fashion: add a little extra

Accessories for the Christmas season that are as good to give as to receive

Richemont launches pounds 1bn bid to buy remainder of Vendome

Richemont, the Swiss-based conglomerate owned by South Africa's wealthy Rupert family, has launched a pounds 1bn cash bid to buy out the minority shareholding in Vendome, which owns some of the world's most glamorous luxury brands, including Dunhill, Cartier, Mont Blanc and Chloe, Stella McCartney's Paris fashion house.

Reasons to be cheap and cheerful

Rediscover the fashion bargain - and your lost youth - on a high street near you

All you need is style: Stella McCartney provides a hit for Chloe

"All you need is love" ran the opening refrain at Stella McCartney's soundtrack for her first collection for the house of Chloe yesterday in Paris. She has the name and the fame already. Now, all she really needs is the design reputation to live up to it all.

Fashion: Why Chloe's tomorrow will be stellar as yesterday

Nobody got big in Paris as fast as Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul. Tamsin Blanchard tells you the reason. Guess what it is.

CHEEK TO CHEEK

As with clothes, so with cosmetics - what's on sale at your local make-up counter this autumn will, as ever, have evolved from the directional beauty looks at last spring's catwalk shows. Extreme flashes of colour, panda eyes, or a shiny, barely-there look: all get filtered through the sensibilities of the big cosmetics companies before resurfacing in a more wearable form in the shops. What's noticeable this autumn, though, is that the resulting products are more heavily influenced by high-fashion trends, as mainstream cosmetic companies take on catwalk make-up artists as consultants, and new ranges are launched by design houses Versace and Biba. First the high-street names: Aveda and Elizabeth Arden now have Pat McGrath and Mary Greenwell, two of fashion's most inspirational face- painters, on their respective books, and their dynamism and creativity is already evident in the colours the two companies have chosen for their up-to-the-minute autumn ranges. Meanwhile, label-hounds will be delighted to learn that Versace's first cosmetics line (the perfect handbag accessory?) features ornate packaging complete with the famous Medusa logo and a good mix of both natural and high colour, while Biba has produced simple, wickedly bright make-up with suitably brash names such as X-Rated and Scandal. All four ranges are useful tools for creating this season's distinct looks, as these pictures show - whether you choose to go for glamorous, groomed, wildly modern or good old natural.
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