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Harsh winter light can throw dehydrated skin and under-eye bags in to sharp relief – a subtly shimmering highlighter is the best way to mask a multitude of sins...

New Yves dawning: After a decade in the doldrums, Yves Saint Laurent is back on top

It might have been an iconic brand, but Yves Saint Laurent needed a fresh look and some must-have pieces to get back in the black. Luckily, creative director Stefano Pilati and CEO Valérie Hermann are dynamic people...

£19million for a leather chair?

Designer furniture defies common sense and economic logic, reports Annie Deakin

London calling for Jones' Clash show

Mick Jones, guitarist from The Clash, is standing in his lock-up in north Acton. He is sifting through and boxing up his collection of rock paraphernalia, including stained Clash clothing, and the famous pink Clash flight-cases, to be exhibited in Chelsea in March. It is his alternative to the upcoming "British Music Experience" opening at the O2 next month, and the feeling couldn't be less corporate.

Sale of the century: The YSL auction

Forget the credit crunch when the world's most expensive chair sells for €21.9m. The Yves Saint Laurent auction in Paris this week broke record after record for art sales and raised €400m for charity. John Lichfield reports

The unique sell of YSL: Fashion king’s art auction

The sale of one of the world’s best private collections could raise £267m

Hit & Run: Suits you, madam

You’ve heard of boyfriend jeans and boyfriend blazers - if you’re worth your fashion salt, girls, you’ll already own both. Or better still, you’re wearing them. But an entire wardrobe that matches your boyfriend’s? Such notions went out with his and hers hand towels… Didn’t they?

Peter York: At home with YSL

The Way We Live Now

The Fashion Audit 09/02/09

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Dress code: Roksanda Ilincic, designer

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Saint Laurent's 'meaningless' art is put up for sale

Unique collection will test global market

Harrods chief executive leaves after less than a year

The chief executive of Harrods has left the iconic London department store after less than a year in the role.

Timeless style – updated: Yves Saint Laurent

The turtleneck, the tailoring, the tulip skirt... it's all classic Yves Saint Laurent – but with a twist. Creative director Stefano Pilati tells Susannah Frankel why nothing in fashion should stay the same. Not for long, at least

The colours of money: Designers fight credit crunch gloom in Paris

On the Paris catwalks, designers turned to fantasy and even humour for an uplifting antidote to hard times. And the effect was exhilarating, writes Susannah Frankel

£300m: Fashion king's art collection in sale of century

Auction houses go to war for the right to stage the biggest private-owner sale ever

The boys are back in town

The Eighties were back at the men's shows. Will regular guys buy into red braces, pastel blazers and leggings? Jefferson Hack on the key looks for next summer
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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

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Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement