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...

Real bodies: Hangover rule one: do not look in a mirror

When you've been on the sauce, your skin is the first thing to suffer. ANNALISA BARBIERI explains how to make it better

Shopping: Why can't a woman dress more like a man?

If strappy party frocks are not for you, knock 'em dead in a classic alternative, says

A life in pictures

portfolio 1; To say that David Seidner's photographs had depth would be an understatement: his influences ranged from Greek sculpture to Velasquez. Mallery Lane recalls an extraordinary career

Gucci takeover of Yves Saint Laurent

AFTER MONTHS of speculation, Gucci, the fashion label synonymous with luxury and glamour, announced yesterday that it had finally snapped up Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most prized fashion labels.

Your favourite big jumper? Bin it

STYLE POLICE: Wool might be the answer for sub-zero temperatures, but for God's sake keep it slinky.

fashion: Life and soul of the party

Understated glamour is Sonia Rykiel's hallmark, and that makes her collection perfect for a millennium-night extravagance

Style Police: The gypsy queens

Tassels, fringes and shawls are going to make it a Romany winter. Just go easy on the hoop earrings, warns JAMES SHERWOOD

Fitting climax to Paris show

THE MIGHTY Yves Saint Laurent closed the autumn/winter haute couture season in Paris yesterday. For his final collection of the century, the designer presented a loving look back at his own past triumphs, proving once again the enormous impact he has had on contemporary fashion.

Gucci wins the right to buy YSL

GUCCI, THE Italian luxury goods group is preparing to buy the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent from its owner, Francois Pinault, for $1bn, after a Dutch court said the $3bn alliance between Gucci and Mr Pinault could go ahead.

Travel: An Oasis in the Heart of the City

IT WASN'T meant to be like this. It was meant to emerge in a blaze of hot sunshine, dusty and musky, pampering the senses with colour and perfume. Palm trees still in the dry air. The hot sensation of something exotic.

Saint Laurent heir shows few graces

THE PRESSURE was on Alber Elbaz at the Paris collections yesterday. In November - amid blazing publicity - he became artistic director of the Yves Saint Laurent women's ready-to-wear line.

Men's Fashion: Don't label me

Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Kostas Murkudis, Martin Margiela and 6876. Each of these labels are distinctly different, but they all have one thing in common - put them on and you'll look fabulous. Honest. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Kent Baker

Women's Fashion: Woman on the verge

She may wear leather, cashmere, gold and diamonds, but she's not quite ready for life as a lady who lunches. Styling by Lucy Ewing. Photographs by Robert Wyatt
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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Songs from the bell jar

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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