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Combine oversized outerwear, tartan and fishnet tights for a modern take on grunge. Just add attitude and lashings of eyeliner

The Fashion Audit: Blushing bridal, loaning polish, a charm of its own and shop till you drop

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Fashion Statement: Why we all appear to be heading in onesie direction

Everyone’s at it for winter. It’s comforting, it keeps you warm, it’s snuggly and it’s nice.  So why not go for it, in the privacy of our own homes? I’m talking about the ubiquitous trend for a onesie, of course – or for those less au fait with street parlance, an  all-in-one. A jumpsuit. A catsuit. Actually  a catsuit is a bit different, but it’s still part  of the all-in-one family.

Twinkle, twinkle: How to shine like a little star this Christmas party season

From top, clockwise: Extra dimension skinfinish in superb £21.50, MAC, available nationwide

Christmas gifts for the beauty queen

Main image: The Print Collection eau de parfum perfumes by Stella McCartney, 30ml, £34.20 each, John Lewis; frames, from £5, John Lewis

Clockwise from left: 1. Black boots with brown top £150, dune.co.uk; 2. Suede and leather boots£345, Russell and Bromley, 020 7629 6903; 3. Black leather boots £190, cosstores.com; 4. Suede foldover boots £100, asos.com; 5. Studded heel boots £110, topshop.co.uk

Fill your boots

Stock up on fitting footwear to fend off the chills

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Can the Kardashians sex up Dorothy Perkins? Fashion chain dragged into the 21st century by Kim and Kourtney

One is the grande dame of the high street, a reliable mainstay of the retail world that first opened its doors in 1909. The other is a family whose international fame began in 2007 when one of its members was featured in one of the most successful sex tapes of all time.

Face to watch: Luke Pasqualino gets his cinematic break this week in teen werewolf comedy Love Bite
Gap is in trouble after releasing a T-shirt with the slogan “Manifest Destiny”, a term associated with the belief that white Americans were entitled to expand across the Native Americans’ land

Terrible tees and the fools who make them

Gap is in trouble after releasing a T-shirt with the slogan "Manifest Destiny", a term associated with the belief that white Americans were entitled to expand across the Native Americans' land. Not clever, but Gap isn't alone in T-shirt insensitivity.

The 10 Best high-street handbags

Carry the latest trend on your arm day or night with this selection of bags - the only difficulty will be choosing just one

1. Longwear Lipglass in Forever Rose £15, MAC, available nationwide

Coming up roses

Your garden might have gone to sleep but your beauty regime doesn't need to, says Harriet Walker

Gold-heeled shoes £90, dune.co.uk; silver glitter- toe courts £45, Faith, debenhams.com; silk-printed courts £70, aldoshoes.com; pink sequin wedges £130, Carvela, kurtgeiger.com gold glitter £68, dune.co.uk; gold-heeled court shoes £55, asos.com

Stay on your toes

Sculptural, sparkly or downright sensible – there's a shoe to suit every taste this season, says Gemma Hayward, so put your best foot forward

Life in bright colour

Louise Gray is known for her rainbow-hued designs – and her new line for Topshop is bright on trend

Buckling the trend

One, two, buckle your shoe: this season monk-strapped footwear isn't just for men. ,

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?