Life and Style

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...

Body of top model found in Paris

A body found in the River Seine was that of Katoucha Niane, a former supermodel for Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers, police said today.

Ready To Wear: A lack of ceremony?

I am surely not alone among fashion editors to have found Sunday somewhat less frenetic than it might otherwise have been, given the absence of any ceremony surrounding the annual Oscars precursor that is the Golden Globes. Because, if the film industry has been bemoaning such an unprecedented occurrence and assessing its impact, the big names in fashion have also lost out on one of the most high-profile red-carpet opportunities of the calendar.

Spring trends: The key looks for the new season

Americana meets surrealism with touches of sublime madness on this season's catwalks and you can't move for floral motifs, says Susannah Frankel

Why the designs at Comme des Garçons are getting more and more curious

At Comme des Garçons, simple clothes get a subversive twist - thanks to the playful genius of Rei Kawakubo. Susannah Frankel gives the designer a big hand

Ready To Wear: Kate Moss turns classic

Well, Kate Moss certainly took Buy Nothing Day to heart this year. In fact, it's safe to say that it's Buy Nothing Month for Ms Moss, if the Daily Mirror is to be trusted. The paper ran a feature on the model last week, claiming that she had been wearing the same tuxedo jacket "10 times in the same fortnight", and running pictures to prove the point. This must, admittedly, be unprecedented. It is an extremely nice jacket, attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, although it might be vintage rather than new, and remarkably similar to one in her Christmas range for Topshop. Hmmm.

Welcome to the dark side: Yves Saint Laurent's understated new collection

Stefano Pilati's new collection for Yves Saint Laurent is an unapologetic celebration of understated luxury. Susannah Frankel enjoys a taste of the black stuff

Ready To Wear: More material for girls

Spotted at Yves Saint Laurent in Bond Street one balmy morning last week: an immaculately dressed woman of a certain age, with chauffeur in tow, returning a grey felted cashmere tunic because it is "too big". Only it isn't. As the appropriately formidable shop assistant is quick to gently, but firmly, point out: "Madam, it is meant to be like that." At which point madam, clearly more easily appeased than some of her ilk, departs, instructing her driver to head straight for South Molton Street "to pick up my other alterations at Browns".

Ready To Wear: Feature footwear

Even the most seasoned fashion follower would be hard pushed to perceive the new season's footwear as anything less than challenging. A tad déclassé though it may seem, this might not unreasonably be described as feature footwear. It's certainly not recommended for those wishing to maintain a low profile - or those living with a low ceiling, for that matter. There's nothing, then, remotely low about the fashionable of foot this autumn/winter.

Presidential candidate says Eriksson will join Real

The Real Madrid presidential candidate Arturo Baldasano claims the England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has agreed to become the club's new head coach, subject to the result of next month's elections.

Tracey Emin: My Life in a Column

New Year's Eve could have been worse. One day earlier I was hospital, in complete agony

Fashion & Style: Been there, worn that

A radical new exhibition reveals how designers from Quant to Dior have drawn inspiration from the past - and from each other. Susie Rushton finds that there's nothing new under the sun

THE 50 BEST NEW; BEAUTY PRODUCTS

It's time to refresh your make-up bag with a few new powders and paints. Beauty writer Alison Kerr shows you the hottest colours to wear, and recommends some magic potions to help your skin make the transition from winter to spring...
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