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Style: Designer denims give Levi's a kick in the pants

Levi Strauss & Co ships a million pairs of blue jeans a day. But the 50-year-old firm that prides itself as an American icon has laid off one third of its US workforce - the human casualties of "designer jeans" and cheap imitations, as Tim Cornwell discovers.

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'Any woman would get suspicious when you're with a guy who's so hot for you one day that you'd think he was auditioning for a B-movie, and then the next day he'll pass up suspenders and a wonderbra in favour of reading a K-mart catalogue. It didn't make sense.'

America's very own Cold War

The paranoia lying deep in the American psyche has spawned an irrational need for bizarre personal security devices

If it's good enough for euan...

Young and sporty, designed for the rough-and-tumble lives of teenagers seduced by a logo, Ralph Lauren's affordable new line in T-shirts and underwear will confound the counterfeiters and surely pass the Euan Test. By Tamsin Blanchard. Styling by Holly Davies. Photographs by Sheridan Morley

Fashion: The no brand clan

If you are not the type of man who subscribes to the "give them free advertising" school of fashion, you will not be thrilled at the prospect of the American giants Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Nike all opening stores in London in the next 18 months. You will not be rushing to buy a wardrobe of Nike ticks, from shoes to baseball cap. Nor will you be clearing space for shirts that scream "Tommy, Tommy, Tommy!" or "Ralph rules OK!" Instead, you might be interested in the more low-key, understated school of sportswear from British designers including Paul Smith, Vexed Generation, YMC and Felix Blow. These clothes are functional, high-performance, and shh... very, very shy. Styling by Angela M Stephens. Photographs by Mark Van Lengen

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Mr Humphries, eat your heart out. James Sherwood visits Britain's first gay superstore

Hello granddad, got a new skateboard?

When the height of cool is ever younger and younger, it's hard for the older funkster not to transmogrify into a tragic grown-up. Eleanor Bailey reports

Why these designer mules are the new white stilettoes

The success of `diffusion' ranges means certain logos are now `must-not-haves'. Cayte Williams on the backlash against labels

The colour purple

Art meets fashion meets social analysis in a trio of must-have magazines that have got the fashion establishment on the run. Alicia Drake penetrates the Purple Institute

Nasal warfare

With the blossoming of the perfume market, writes Debbie Davis, scent manufacturers around the world are pulling out the stoppers

Network: The Internet is far more powerful than a hangman's rope or a cowpoke's six-gun

In the 19th-century American West, folks had their own way of dealing with things. Cut off from East Coast refinements and the legal system, the citizenry had ad hoc methods for dealing with what you might call "social problems".

Blond highlights from that other queen's speech ...

My lads, dykes, denizens of Heaven and those who still believe Gordon Brown is the title of a Stranglers song... Welcome to this rump Parliament and hung House. Mystic Meg being fully booked, I stand here, nipples to the wind, dressed to the left, peering adorably over my horn rims, humbly charged with telling the people, the people who need people, the luckiest people in the world, what the future holds for Gay Britain.

Play it again, Glam

Facial glitter, platform soles, velvet flares - and Aladdin Sane appearing at the Phoenix Festival? Yes, Glam Rock is back, says Michael Collins

Kensal on the rise

Never mind Notting Hill, Kensal Rise is where it's at these days, says Cayte Williams
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