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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a flying saucer? No, it's a Philip Treacy hat. And it hit Gotham City, USA, in a big way.

Hot on the scent of the Calvin Klein fakers

Counterfeiting is so rife in Britain that a major US firm has set a team on its trail, reports Mark Rowe

TOMMY, WE CAN HEAR YOU

From bankrupt to king of fashion, entrepreneur Tommy Hilfiger is the American dream. And this year he plans to conquer Britain. Welcome to his world ...

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Dreads, yams and hope

Brixton may be the streetwise, restless soul of south London, but is it ripe for tourism? Yes, says resident Simon Lewis

Just nipping to the shops ... for a few days

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`The single most powerful fashion metaphor of the century,' American Vogue has called it. Most men have at least one in their wardrobes - many women, too. It's helped shape the images of several generations of post- war stars, from Marlon Brando and Paul Newman to Bruce Springsteen and Damon Albarn. The white T-shirt and its iconography, by Dylan Jones

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Will the men from the Ministry triumph or will clubbers rediscover the life and soul of the party? Will the Britpop big boys continue to hog the limelight? Who will influence what we wear, and who will be the next gay icon (or dykon)? We unveil the alternative faces of 1997

1996: the year that went pop

Paula and Michael and Liam and Patsy. 'It' girls and Spice Girls and Royals gone batsy. Rachels and stalkers and Trainspotting; these were a few of our favourite things. By Oliver Bennett

Wise men buy frankincense

They were the first Christmas gifts, and they're back. Frankincense and myrrh are essential ingredients in some of the luxury gifts on sale this Christmas. Bath oils, room fragrances and eau de toilette containing the two are among the items that top stores such as Liberty in London's Regent Street have on their shelves.

THE shortlist: GIFTS FOR LOVERS

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your armani or your life

In Manchester, label fever has turned ugly. Gangs are holding fashion shops to ransom - but it's not money they're after. Oliver Swanton reports

Real lives: When mr suit becomes mr corporate casual...

... the result can be sartorial disaster for the British office male. Louise Chunn on the perils of down-dressing at work

British thrills and frills and Stateside buzz

It's called symbiosis. The hottest American designers added their own glamour to London Fashion Week, as they revelled in British creativity. By Tamsin Blanchard Pictures by Ben Elwes
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