Life and Style

Unfairly maligned as 'mum jeans', the boot cut is fighting back. But, asks Rebecca Gonsalves, did the figure-flattering style ever really go away?

Culottes, tunic and leggings: Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo, 020 7290 8090, uniqlo.co.uk

Celia Birtwell and Uniqlo: The fabric of time

Textile designer Celia Birtwell has explored her archive for a new collaboration with Uniqlo, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Video: Orla Kiely's typing pool presentation for London Fashion Week

Print designer Orla Kiely's presentation at London Fashion Week was more of an installation - a typing pool of stylish stenographers went about their imagined duties in nostalgic knits and demure, Fifties-inspired separates.

Fifty Shades of Grey proved popular this year, as did the haircut with 'short back and sides, long on top'

Hot Stuff! The trends of 2012

Dancing to a South Korean pop song while pretending to be a horse was one of the more unusual, or rather, inexplicable hits of the past 12 months. Matthew Bell looks back over the year's crazes – from Gangnam Style to onesies, meggings, and filthy shades of grey...

All puffed up: It's time to pick up a puffa

Snuggly, squishy and suddenly cool again. You'll be glad of all that padding when the temperature drops, says cosy convert Harriet Walker

If you ask me...I'm terribly disappointed that you didn't rescue me from this fleece

I've worn it everywhere since, bar the premiere of Skyfall, but only because I wasn't invited

My Secret Life: Gotye, 32, singer-songwriter

'I have koalas in my backyard'

Novak Djokovic opted away from the sportswear giants to sign with Uniqlo, and Craig Bellamy models Liverpool's new kit from US lacrosse brand Warrior

Retail: Game, set and matching outfit for Djokovic

How did Uniqlo beat the sportswear giants to plaster its name on the shirt of the world's finest tennis player? Will Dean looks at a deuce of a deal

Uniqlo's losses fail to dampen UK expansion

Uniqlo, the Japanese clothing retailer, is to push ahead with plans to expand in the UK despite making widening losses of nearly £10m last year.

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Japanese fashion: Eastern Promises

Japanese fashion designers first made a splash in Europe 30 years ago, but Tokyo’s talents and streetwear styles are the next big thing in modern menswear. Adam Welch reports

Uniqlo: Back to the future

Uniqlo's new Innovation Project sees the Japanese high-street giant returning to its roots, says Susannah Frankel

Deborah Ross: The policies I want to influence

I am excited about the Government's launch of"e-petitions" which gives us, the public, the chance to actually influence policy instead of lying in bed until lunchtime, which can be tempting if you have no policy to influence. Even those who occasionally feel like shooting out of bed early are soon brought up short by the thought: "Hang on, I have no policy to influence. I am wholly impotent in this regard. What's the point?"

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