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With Fashion Week kicking off in the capital on Friday, Harriet Walker rounds up the best venues, the hottest parties and discovers how the fashion pack survive

Kate Moss to end her Topshop line

They both made huge sums of money for each other, but the three-year design partnership between the supermodel Kate Moss and the retail tycoon Sir Philip Green will draw to a close later this year.

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Yes, of course it would be nice to live in a more timely fashion world where we didn't have to consider buying coats before October. It would also be lovely to park right outside Topshop Oxford Circus on a Saturday and find the changing rooms empty. Dream on. The reality is that fashion is always two steps ahead and if you don't grab one of the best jackets or coats post-haste, you're dicing with disappointment.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: I must plan now for next summer’s weddings

Milestones are odd things aren’t they? They either pass you by, only to be recognised retrospectively (that first swig of Smirnoff Ice; the first time you paid council tax) or they are so hyped up, so encased in self-conscious significance, that they assume a life of their own, rendering you as little else than a spectator to proceedings (graduation; turning 25).

Deborah Ross: 'One of the seven signs of ageing is surely having pores big enough to host music festivals in'

If you ask me, I think it is very fine that you can now buy a face cream to combat the "seven signs of ageing" plus, who knows, one day they may even find an eighth, which would be terrifically exciting, like happening upon an extra wonder of the world, or another deadly sin, or even another dwarf.

What women want: A unique approach to women's fashion

Whether they're inspired by skyscrapers, schoolgirls or Joan Collins, London Fashion Week's female designers have a unique approach to women's wardrobes. Harriet Walker finds out why

Rhiannon Harries: 'Can we stop calling clothes you'd lost in your wardrobe 'vintage''

In the great tradition of all female travellers experiencing a sartorial crisis at a UK transport hub, I found myself last month in the Heathrow branch of Accessorize. The strap on my handbag, I explained superfluously to the shop assistant, had broken, which had come as no surprise, as it was vintage. She asked if it had been very expensive. Not really, I told her, as I hoisted the defunct gold 1980s number on to the counter (although, considering the craftsmanship, a tenner was indeed quite pricey). Upon sight, she laughed like a drain and said, "Oh right, it's just old."

London Fashion Week prepares to welcome its second famous Rocha

With London Fashion Week just two months away, the hunt is on for the next British-based design star. Three likely contenders were revealed yesterday when the talent showcase Fashion East announced its latest line-up, with Simone Rocha, the daughter of the designer John Rocha, among the young names hoping to catch the eye of international fashion press and buyers.

Carola Long: 'The maxi dress has had some really bad PR thanks to the bad-taste behemoth that was 'boho''

There's something about the maxi dress which makes it a permanent fixture as a fantasy summer look. The look where you acquire a golden tan without any UV damage and spend August enjoying the cool sea breeze on a yacht, rather than the tepid blast of the office air-con.

US digs UK high street fashion cool

British retailers are beating the economic blues in America. Kate Youde and Rachel Shields report

Anne Karpf: Never mind quality time. What about 'enough' time?

Youngsters need parents who mono-task, not ones who fit them in when they can

Instant Sunshine: The hottest summer trends

Don’t let the change of seasons catch your wardrobe unawares. Gemma Hayward selects the hottest summer trends about to land on the high street

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SHOWstudio and Topshop team up with fashion industry insiders to give shoppers style advice

Counter culture: High street make-up

Topshop has already conquered your wardrobe. Now, the hottest name on the high street has designs on your make-up bag too.

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