En pointe: from £65 for a classic ballet slipper; French Sole, frenchsole.com

Style File: Find your sole mate with French Sole

French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Armed and ready: Coat £59, marksandspencer.com

Style File: Nothing up your sleeve

Free your arms and give sleeves the chop with this season’s new take on outerwear, says Emma Akbareian

Printed matters: Model wears leather jacket £2,700, leather overalls £1,900; Acne @ Liberty, available now from Liberty, Regent Street, London W1, liberty.co.uk

Style File: Taking Liberty

A hook-up with the Swedish brand Acne is bringing London’s offbeat department store up to date, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Model wears: t-shirt £100, skirt with braces £165; Claudie Pierlot, claudiepierlot.com

Style File: Paris match

The French invasion of the premium high street continues thanks to Claudie Pierlot, but this is no young pretender, says Emma Akbareian

Model wears: trousers £39.50, jumper £39.50, bag £29.50, shoes £25, all Limited Edition, marksandspencer.com

Style File: True colours

Get in primary position this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Alexander Fury: Who wants to dress just to impress?

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The designers Christopher de Vos (left) and Peter Pilotto

Style File: Pretty in print

Peter Pilotto’s multicoloured universe of print is a London Fashion Week highlight. Now, with a collaboration for the mass-retailer Target, they have their sights set on dressing the world, says Alexander Fury

Life in full colour: Model wears: jacket £125, shirt £40, shorts £45, all John Lewis & Co, johnlewis.com

Style File: It’s a collector’s market for colour

The future looks bright for John Lewis, thanks to the spring offering from its successful menswear label, says Lee  Holmes

Book review: Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971 by Judith Clark and Amy de la Hay

With the dramatic increase in the popularity of fashion exhibitions over the past decade, this groundbreaking book provides a timely look at the evolution of the practice, taking as its anchor the seminal 1971 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition “Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton”. The authors’ combined experience of more than 40 years – one in architecture and exhibition design and the other in fashion history and curating – informs this detailed account of the exhibition.

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Sounds like a cryptic crossword clue.

Ready, steady, glow! Colour-block accessories to give your winter look a lift

Clockwise from top right: Shoes, £350, Bally, 020 7491 7062

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Indian politican Asha Mirje apologises after she said women's clothes and behaviour invites rape

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