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If you’ve made a resolution to improve your working life, remember the  old adage about dressing for the job you want, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Carola Long: Could we please keep our clothes on?

I'm baffled as to why anyone would think stripping off was empowering

Talent 2010: The fashion designer, Mark Fast

Mark Fast, the 27-year-old knitwear designer, first came to the attention of the fashion insider following his degree collection shown in 2006. A graduate of Central Saint Martins – he went on to complete an MA course there, too – he is known for hand-finished, one-off pieces which cling to the body's every curve and where the intention is to create clothing that is as proudly individual as the people who choose to wear it.

Celebrities: Before they were famous

From a chavvy toilet-attendant-punching reality TV star to the practically-perfect-in-every-way reality judge, Cheryl is the prime example of what money, a stylist and good PR can do for someone.

Simon Foxton: 'I'm not shooting hot new looks. It's more real than that'

Harriet Walker meets Simon Foxton, the stylist who helped define modern menswear

Red Cliff, John Woo, 148 mins, (15)<br>The Hangover, Todd Phillips, 100 mins, (15)

A director finds his form on an epic scale, and men behave very badly in Las Vegas

Rachel Zoe: The lady vanishes

For two years Rachel Zoe was the superstylist on every Hollywood starlet&rsquo;s speed dial &ndash; until suddenly, she went out of fashion. Now she&rsquo;s back with a reality show. By Alice-Azania Jarvis

One Minute With: Glen Duncan

I Capuleti E I Montecci, Royal Opera House, London

At least Bellini's librettist Felice Romani didn't have the affront to call the opera "Romeo and Juliet". Bad enough that the star-crossed lovers are still thus named because precious little Shakespeare, leave alone his finely tuned sense of proportion, remains. Much is made, of course, of the warring families of the title and in Pier Luigi Pizzi's classic – meaning rather emptily statuesque – production of 1984 they are colour-coded for our convenience. So which team are you backing – the red or the blue?

Memphis belle: Ginnifer Goodwin on how to dress like a film star

Designer Tom Ford has cast her in his first film and she's the 'Face of the Future' for superbrand MaxMara. As fast-rising Southern actress Ginnifer Goodwin proves, it helps to be fashion-savvy if you want to star in Hollywood

Afro Saxons (15)

Rachel Wang and Mark Currie (84 mins)

Sundays with Vlad, By Paul Bibeau

Paul Bibeau and his wife went to Romania for their honeymoon, to visit the ruins of Count Dracula's castle. It turned out to be nothing but a small pile of bricks atop a high and lonely mountain. And it's not in Trannsylvania but Wallachia. And the real-life Dracula, a 15th-century prince aka Vlad the Impaler, has nothing in common with Bram Stoker's Dracula beyond the name, which Stoker used because he thought it meant "devil" (it actually means "dragon").

Katy Guest: Why can't all men share Gok's taste in bangers?

Perhaps this is an insight into a peculiarly metropolitan existence, but walkers and bangers have been a major preoccupation this week. It's not often that Esther Rantzen and Gok Wan sum up the predicament of today's girl-about-town, but bear with me.

I was protecting royal from sexual predator, says blackmail accused

A man accused of blackmailing a member of the Royal Family told the Old Bailey yesterday that he was acting out of revenge against an employee who he claimed was a "gay sexual predator".

Stylist 'shot woman who complained about hair'

It was more than a bad hair day for a woman who made the foolish mistake of criticising her stylist for the cut she was giving her only to be rewarded with a bullet in her lower back.

Album: Clear Frame, Clear Frame (Continuity)

This first release on Charles Hayward’s Continuity label finds the former This Heat drummer involved in a series of absorbing improvisations with a select crew of free-jazz stylists: Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper, veteran sax eccentric Lol Coxhill, young vibes/steel pans innovator Orphy Robinson, and national treasure Robert Wyatt on cornet.

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