Voices Girls, Lena Dunham's show

Jezebel £10,000 offer for untouched photos of the New York comic is unsettling

Madonna out of vogue with Radio 4 listeners

The singer fails to make the public's top 100 Desert Island Discs

Bourgeois body art: Tattoos have become a must-have for the middle-classes

As the UK's biggest convention begins, John Walsh explains how they got under their skin

Model, film star, now writer: Grace Coddington story opens new chapter

By Harriet Walker, Fashion Writer

Assange hosts lavish 40th birthday bash

It is just two days until he is due at the High Court to appeal against attempts to extradite him to Sweden to face rape allegations, but Julian Assange will have other things on his mind today.

Harry Potter end 'a fitting climax'

Jason Isaacs thinks the end of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' is a "fitting climax to a 10-year adventure'.

Delicious genius: Duffy exhibition

"I don't give a f*** what anybody thinks about me...I never wanted to be famous. Why? For what? So the doorman at Harrods can recognise me? What I care about is what my kids think about me, and what my grandchildren think of me - the fact that they think I'm a genius is delicious." - Brian Duffy

Maternal instincts: What impact does it have on a child's life if their mum works in fashion?

Harriet Walker explores the pleasures and pressures that come with growing up in style

Desperate Assad tries to blunt uprising with new promises of reform

Syrian leader faces greatest challenge to his family's rule since his father took power 40 years ago. Patrick Cockburn reports

Rick Owens: The prince of dark design

Rick Owens is face to face with a life-size wax sculpture of himself, staring out of shredded wadding and packed in a wooden crate in a corner of his London store. It's an oddly unnerving sight, as the cult Californian designer is first to admit: brown-eyed and eerily close in appearance to the man himself, the look of it is made no less disturbing by the fact that it is severed from the waist down – it has no legs.

Anna Dello Russo: 'I've finally been invited to the ball'

How the fashion editor became as big a story as the catwalks she covers

Erin O'Connor: 'These days it feels quite exotic to stay in and watch EastEnders'

I still dream of being a teacher I was in the process of doing it before I was spotted [by a model scout] on a school trip. My mum, my sisters and my aunts are all in education – and it was a path which I was very sure about too, but then fate changed my life.

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (06/02/11)

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Vogue's new cover girl

French Vogue crowned a new style queen yesterday, naming former fashion director Emanuelle Alt as its editor-in-chief.

Errors & Omissions: Making the point using a metaphor can be a painful experience

The phrase "not to put too fine a point on it" has always puzzled me. In a broad sense, the meaning is reasonably clear: "I am about to say something you won't like." But what has the "fine point" to do with it?

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