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For a new take on New Year’s Eve dressing, let your straps down tonight and show off your shoulders, says Hannah Fillis

10 best new winter fragrances

Whether you prefer subtle floral notes or rich, sumptuous exotic scents, there is a new perfume out there for you. Kate Hilpern rounds up the most fabulous fragrances

The Fashion Audit: Disco Frocks, Beauty Binge, Britain's Best and Capitol Couture

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

The Saturday quiz answers

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Singer Paloma Faith was present at the Temperley show

London Fashion Week: What women want - via the acquired tastes of Vivienne Westwood and L’Wren Scott

Viviene Westwood and L’Wren Scott show how female designers create for themselves at the start of London Fashion Week

Hundreds converge on Balcombe as fracking protests continue

Protesters have vowed to continue after Caudrilla announces plans to scale back their operation

Tracey Emin collects her CBE last week

Tracey Emin performs a spectacular hat-trick

There used to be a habit, among ladies who didn’t wear hats very often, of putting the said number too far back on their heads. Wedding parties could be recognised by the number of coloured acrylic wide brims teetering backwards.

Fernando Montaño, dancer, 27

One to Watch: Fernando Montaño, dancer, 27

“I am Vivienne Westwood's muse,” says the rising star of the Royal Ballet.

Spot of the pops: Damien Hirst reveals his Brits statue make-over

Artist Damien Hirst will have Brit Award winners seeing spots before their eyes - after decorating this year's trophy with his signature design.

‘Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s’ opens at the V&A on 10 July 2013, vam.ac.uk

Goths and fetishwear: V&A celebrates club scene of 1980s

The hedonistic partying ways of young starlets like Rihanna have nothing on the club kids of the Eighties – as the Victoria & Albert Museum's summer exhibition will attest.

Kate Moss at the exclusive Miu Miu pop-up members only club

The Miu Miu London members' club

The concept of a working man’s club was turned on its head for three days this week, as a host of female models, actors and fashionable creatives were invited to enjoy an exclusive pop-up members only club courtesy of Miuccia Prada.

How We Met: Liliane Fawcett & Tom Dixon

'I'd make something, drop it off and she'd give me £50 cash for it. It was a lifeline'

Winning the style stakes?

Olympic competitors are acknowledged the world over for their sporting prowess, less so for their sartorial flair. Even at the 2012 Opening Ceremony, the athletes' flag-waving kit was uninspiring. Team USA was dressed by that quintessentially American label, Ralph Lauren, but still managed to look like cabin crew. Spain, perhaps conscious of how little money there is left in the national coffers, fielded cheap-looking red jackets with garish printed ties that would have looked at home in Burger King. No wonder Rafa Nadal pulled out of the Games.

Jesse Owens, 1936

Winners in the style stakes?

Olympians may be gods among men, but that doesn't automatically equate to sartorial success. Lee Holmes hands out the medals

James Ashton: How UKTI left the press hacked off

Plenty of businesses speak well of UK Trade & Investment, the Government's export arm that tries to help firms carve out revenues from new overseas markets.

My Secret Life: Nina Conti, ventriloquist

'I didn't talk to my teddy till I was 30'

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