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

Fabulous Christmas gift ideas: Teen girl

Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…

1. Smokey Eye Palette in Smouldering:
£10, Topshop, topshop.com -
This grungy palette incorporating shades of the purple spectrum is flattering for blue and green eyes.

The 10 Best Eyeshadows

The party season demands dramatic make-up...These shimmering and smoky shades help you make an entrance

Ligne Blackstar By Terry waterproof liner £25, spacenk.co.uk

How to be beautiful: Liquid eyeliner

Everybody has a friend whose eyeliner is perpetually wonky. If you don't, you are that wonky-eyelinered friend. Don't feel bad. For every woman who has perfected smooth, symmetrical liquid liner, many more can blame the natural disadvantage of having very slightly differently shaped eyes, which means that while one eye goes like a dream, the second looks like it was preceded by a quarter bottle of gin. We're just not ambi-liners, and the choice between dodgy eyeliner and starting again is, at 7am, a no-brainer.

Next takes on up to 1,000 fashion retail apprentices

High-street chain hopes to show that 'someone training from 17 without a degree can succeed'

Corporate Britain joins the social network

Companies are becoming more tuned into the potential of social networking. But can they make it pay? Nick Clark reports

Underage Festival, Victoria Park, London

On a hot Friday afternoon in Victoria Park, the free Coca-Cola was flowing liberally, as if to underline the fact that this was the place where middle-class teenagers could soak up the festival vibe safely, without drink or drugs and without their dreaded parents in tow. (Though we spotted plenty of naughty young people filling pop bottles with vodka on their way in.) And soak up the festival vibe they did – after all, what better opportunity could there be for all those 14-year-old hipsters to hang out in the sunshine, showing off their vintage clothing and their quirky music knowledge?

Florence Welch wants own clothing collection

Florence Welch is planning her own fashion line.

Topshop Reignites the ‘Size Zero Debate’

The image of Codie Young, which appeared on the front page of Topshop’s website, has been taken down as a result of complaints that it portrays a "painfully thin" girl.

Topshop withdraws advertisement of skinny model after complaint

High street giant Topshop succumbed to the pressure of an eating disorder charity yesterday, removing an image of 18-year-old model Codie Young from their website after campaigners alleged the image could encourage anorexia.

Business Diary: A one-horse race at the LSE?

We hear one of the stumbling blocks to a deal between Nasdaq and the London Stock Exchange is the question of leadership – specifically whether the former's Bob Greifeld or the latter's Xavier Rolet would get the top job in the event of a merger. It's a curious debate – after all, the reason the LSE is in play is that Rolet, for all the good work he has done since taking over in London two years ago, made such a mess of the merger with Canada's TMX. Wouldn't it be a little peculiar to see him get a promotion off the back of that?

Mary-Ann Sieghart: You can't be all things to all shoppers

At a time when we are resiling from bling, and conspicuous consumption, they offer sturdy value, unflashy goods

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - Swing out sister, brother, sister

The siblings were bullied for wearing retro clobber, but they kept the Fifties vibe, and are playing Glastonbury

'Stalker' claim teenager found dead

A teenage girl has been found dead three days after telling friends on Facebook that she had a stalker.

Australia bound: Sir Philip Green plans a new Sydney Topshop

Sir Philip Green is set to conquer his third continent with plans to take Topshop into Australia.

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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