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The Lanvin runway show at Paris Fashion Week

Paris menswear: Lanvin goes back to the Eighties

Fashion's all about evolution and revolution. Particularly in the pursuit of the new, and youthful. The Lanvin autumn/winter 2014 collection was both: at least, on paper. The styles referenced eighties new-wave, skinny models with partially-shaved hairstyles marching out in acid-bright varsity-jackets, skinny ties and giant trainers like characters from a Bret Easton Ellis novel.

Youth appeal: Yves Saint Laurent in 1985 (left) and Hedi Slimane (right), whose change of direction is seen as edgy

Hedi Slimane’s controversial yet successful rebranding of the venerable Yves Saint Laurent label is not to everyone’s taste

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The Dolce and Gabbana medieval-themed show

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Cara Delevingne on the runway for Stella McCartney

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney flatlines while Hedi Slimane drapes YSL in arrogance

The Paris Fashion Week schedule sometimes feels like it is set in stone – almost Biblical in its authority. On the seventh day, season in and season out, we see Stella McCartney and Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent. God got to rest. Fashion journos have no such luck.

Revenues at Yves Saint Laurent nearly doubled under Paul Deneve

Apple poaches Yves Saint Laurent boss Paul Deneve to add fashion skills ahead of iWatch launch

Computer giant preparing for push into 'wearable technology'

Jean-Louis Scherrer: Fashion designer acclaimed by 'Vogue' as 'the Aladdin of Couture'

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'When he sees me in something he doesn't like he simply refuses to leave the house,' his wife said

Love thy neighbour: Margo Leadbetter enjoyed the sadomasochistic sport of Surbiton social climbing

Every now and again, fashion alights on the old cliché of the bourgeoise woman as a focal point. Generally, it means primness, plenty of pearls, maybe a bit of free-falling georgette and a pussy-cat bow. It's a look Miuccia Prada loves, hence the rest of the fashion world does too. It smacks of old Saint Laurent, a bit Belle de Jour. All terribly French. But personally, I can't see those bourgeoise stalwarts without thinking of Margo Leadbetter in The Good Life – opening the style up to a very different interpretation indeed.

Shadow of the spring

There may be snow on the ground but the new beauty season is upon us. Brighten up, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Jumpsuit, £290, Maje (net-a-porter.com; 020-7493 5530)

Gemma tries it on: A night at Number 10

It's not every day a letter arrives with 10 Downing Street stamped across the envelope, but just before Christmas that day came.

Forever in blue jeans: Update your denim

Update your denim for spring by shaking up the cut and colour, or layer tone on tone for a fresh take on this old favourite

Gold dress £40, riverisland.com; necklace £40, asos.com

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