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Ready to Wear: I wear blue jeans constantly but hereby resolve to stop buying them

New year, new fashion resolutions. Yes, yes, I know I do this every January – don't we all? – but this time, it's serious.

Ready to Wear: Boot-cut jeans are nothing more than a lazy, middle-of-the-road look

Ubiquity could arguably be fashion's ultimate goal. At its most banal the industry's purpose is to sell clothes, after all. More loftily, changing our perceptions of dress, particularly on a grand scale, is the sartorial Holy Grail.

The top dead earners

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of top-earning dead celebrities, placing fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent first.

Jackson fails to reach top spot in earnings chart

Despite raking in millions of dollars through the sale of rights to footage of his final rehearsals, Michael Jackson is not the top-earning dead celebrity, a new survey has found.

Eiffel power: Collections with real imagination

The Paris collections were a tour de force, says Susannah Frankel, as designers sidestepped summer clichés in favour of real imagination

Make do à la mode: YSL's Stefano Pilati is mining his back catalogue for a new collection

It's not laziness – this is design for our post-boom times

Hit & Run: Land of the truly warm welcome

You can sort of see what the suits at the Danish tourist board were trying to achieve. They recruited a beautiful actress, created a bit of a story and sent their ad viral, saving big money on shoots and TV spots. But by suggesting Denmark is not only a land of plastic bricks and bacon, but also hot single girls wanting to go to bed with foreigners, its latest campaign has backfired in a big way.

Ready to Wear: Playsuits have lost their shock value, so dungarees could take their place

Fashion isn't always celebrated as a deep journey of self discovery, a continual round of aesthetic and physical challenges, but it should be.

Ugly break-up for India's first supermodel

Lawyer claims Ujjwala Raut used 'powerful connections' to get her Scottish film-producer husband kicked out of country

Hit & Run: Baby bumps are so this season

You know, it's probably the new thing to be pregnant," the supermodel Karolina Kurkova has told New York magazine. "It's not to have the Chanel python bag. It's to be pregnant."

Dress Code: James Brown, hairdresser

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Every girl's best friend: Designer Alber Elbaz

His perfectly cut dresses have women – and Hollywood – in raptures. Lanvin's Alber Elbaz shows Susannah Frankel around the label's new London store

Reality stars: Fashion comes down to earth

Even Paris designers have had to come right down to earth. And next season that means giving women what they really want: modern, sexy, wearable designs. Carola Long reports
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