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The pot-bellied, the asexual, the weird and - at Yves Saint Laurent, at least - the wonderful all appeared at the menswear shows in Paris.

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In spring, a young fashion designer's thoughts turn to florals and lace and other potentially twee things. Restrain yourself, advises James Sherwood

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Fashion: He's a star, and he's no dummy

The man who makes the shoppers stop and stare on New York's Fifth Avenue started out on the other side of the glass - with his nose pressed up against the windows of John Lewis. There's fame in store for Simon Doonan, says Tamsin Blanchard

Yves Saint Laurent: Where art and fashion collide

Richard Gluckman is rapidly building a reputation as one of New York's foremost architects, with a host of interiors for art galleries and fashion stores. His latest project is a combination of the two, a menswear boutique for Yves Saint Laurent that will showcase the work of young artists. By Ian Phillips. Photographs by James Rexroad

THE HISTORY OF... THE MAXI SKIRT: Down to the ground

THE RUNNING joke in fashion is how often skirt lengths change. The maxi skirt - one that is slightly fitted, full and reaches down to the ground - comes in and out of fashion from time to time and is currently a hot favourite with designers Calvin Klein, Gucci, Narciso Rodriguez and Clements Ribeiro, to name but a few.

McCartney opts for pulling power

BILL CLINTON'S words boomed around the public address system at the Paris Bourse: "It was not a sexual relationship." The bourse was the grand venue for Stella McCartney's third collection for the French house Chloe.

Fashion: Going to the dogs

On the street; You can bet a pony it's smart dress for a night at Walthamstow race track. Melanie Rickey has a flutter with Mrs Chandler and friends

Analysts scrutinise Marchpole

THE CREDIBILITY of Marchpole, the retail group which designs and distributes Yves Saint Laurent menswear, was being questioned by City analysts yesterday after the group reported profits far below expectations.

Fashion: The history of... The Mary Jane shoe: Called to the bar

BUTTON your shoe, girls. The most directional style for autumn/winter 1998/99 is the Mary Jane, this time in a flat, pointy-toed incarnation. What defines this dainty style is the "bar" - a single-buttoned strap across the top of the foot which dates back to the turn of the century. The name comes from the shoes worn by Mary Jane, a character from the Buster Brown comic strip (drawn by R F Outcault) which first appeared in the New York Herald in 1902. Little girls everywhere clamoured for them, and until the late Fifties they were a must-have style for both boys and girls.

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Preview: see african fashion

"Absolutely fabulous," enthused South Africa's Cosmopolitan magazine of haute-couture designers Buckton Du Toit. Featuring simple yet sensuous designs , exquisitely finished with pearls, silks and lace, their collections are fast gaining fans outside their native South Africa. Judge for yourself at Whiteleys tonight, when their creations - along with those of other leading African designers - will be paraded by some of fashion's hottest properties, including Pumla (right), and Yves Saint Laurent's favourite model, Waris Darie. The fashion show, part of the "Africa at Whiteleys" festival, will be in aid of the UN's campaign against female circumcision, a cause for which the Somalian Darie is an ardent ambassador. And, while feasting your eyes on the finest haute-couture Africa has to offer, you can ease your conscience with the knowledge that you're raising the profile of the unkindest cut of all.

The city boys in blue

In an effort to stand out at work, men have adopted brighter shirts. Only trouble is, everyone's at it, says Hannah Hunter

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