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Both Mugler and Versace (pictured) gave us pastels galore, sometimes from head to toe

Your new-season shopping list: Menswear essentials

Print, pastel and Fifties references – menswear takes on a new and dynamic aspect for spring, says Lee Holmes

Nicholas Cowell in his London business The Estate Office

Nicholas Cowell: Brother who's also got the X Factor

The king of popular TV has a sibling who has achieved huge success of his own as a property developer and now owner of a luxury hotel. He tells Tim Walker about living in Simon's shadow

'One aspect of 'The Iron Lady', directed by Phyllida Lloyd (pictured) was thoroughly authentic. Nowhere in recent film, fiction or drama have I seen such a convincing take on the psychology of the old-style lower-middle- class meritocrat'

DJ Taylor: Why do the rich need ever more money?

Those who aspire to great wealth expect to be rewarded for their drive – and then long to do nothing

Twelfth Night, New Diorama, London

Faction Theatre's account of Twelfth Night is terrifically fresh in its stripped-back - not to say, at one point, half-naked - inventiveness.

Noises Off, Old Vic, London
Pippin, Menier Chocolate Factory, London
Fog, Finborough, London

Michael Frayn's play-within-a-play is as funny as ever in this slick production, while, across town, gritty new writers make their mark

Stephen Lawrence trial: Survivor happy with guilty verdict

The convictions of two of Stephen Lawrence's killers should inspire the police to bring other suspects to justice, his best friend who survived the attack said today.

Mother accused of giving fake alibi

The mother of one of the men on trial over the murder of Stephen Lawrence was today accused of giving a fake alibi for her son.

Murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence accused 'may have visited attacker'

One of the men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence may have picked up traces of forensic evidence when visiting one of the attackers, a court heard today.

The legs have it: trousers £35, jacket £65, River Island, riverisland.com

There's definitely a pattern forming

Printed trousers are having a moment and the way to wear them is loud and proud

Crepe satin jacket, £1,525, and trousers, £915, both by Yves Saint Laurent, 32-33 Old Bond Street, London W1, 020-7493 1800; classic cotton shirt, £475, The Row, The Shop at Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, London SW3, 020-7351 3873

The Heart of Robin Hood, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon (4/5)

The greensward is a massive 40-foot high slope in The Heart of Robin Hood, the RSC's captivating new Christmas show.

School bans skirts in concern over rising hemlines

A school concerned about rising hemlines has become the latest to ban girls from wearing skirts.

Police looking to identify skeletal remains

Police are attempting to identify a man whose skeletal remains were discovered behind a bush by a dog walker.

Deborah Ross: At long last! A new body part to hate

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The Bourne ultimatum: was it all a PR stunt?

The mother-in-law-from-hell saga which tickled Britain last week may be no more than an elaborate publicity stunt, it was suggested yesterday.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us