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The art and sole of spring trends

By Jan Shure, March 13, 2012

If you thought the sheer range of trends in clothing this season was dazzling/baffling, you will find no comfort in footwear - literally, of course, as well as metaphorically, since mega high heels and teetering platforms again stalk the land for spring/summer 2012.

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Great Danes and hot Swedes

By Jan Shure, March 5, 2012

The Scandinavians are definitely having a moment, And not just on TV where, watching the superb Danish imports, The Killing, Borgen and Those Who Kill, which started on ITV3 last week, has become a paradigm of middle-class, cultural attitudes, or in pop-lit where Stieg Larsson, Jens Lapidus and Liza Markland regularly top UK bestseller lists.

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Nicole shows her metal

By Jan Shure, February 27, 2012

It sounds like an irreconcilable paradox, but Nicole Farhi's Autumn/Winter 2012 was both intensely glamorous and supremely understated.

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Trenches with a twist

February 20, 2012

On Planet Fashion, or La La land as I prefer to call it, a UK Spring of chilly temps, blustery winds, lots of rain and occasional snow flurries, doesn't exist. In LLL, seasons shift in a blink from deep mid-winter (January, February, early March) into a balmy fantasy Spring in which we are expected to switch instantly from cashmere and fur to floral frocks and bare legs.

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Here's the high street hot list

By Jan Shure, February 13, 2012

It was sometime around 2008, just before the first credit crunch began to bite, that the UK high street began to seriously rock. Chains like River Island, Warehouse, Oasis, H&M with their guest collections, and Debenhams with their "Designers For..." collections, all began to up their game in response, some would argue, to the challenge of Primark.

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Facing up to spring

By Daralyn Danns, February 6, 2012

We love it when the new season's colours arrive.

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How to get ahead of the curve this spring

By Jan Shure, January 30, 2012

It was revealing that, in the course of researching this feature to determine which of the high street stores currently offer size 18 and over, the sizes most frequently sold out on the stores' websites - and we are talking brand new spring merchandise here - were the 18s, 20s and 22s.

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How to rock the slopes

By Jan Shure, January 23, 2012

Let's be honest here. For women, there are two imperatives when dressing for the slopes. And only one of them is practicality.

The other, of course is looking good, though in skiing as in most other arenas, looking fabulous depends, to a significant degree, on looking appropriate.

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Putting it under consideration

By Jan Shure, January 16, 2012

With the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s all having a fashion moment, we really shouldn't be surprised that lingerie has gone all retro this season as well.

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Kelly sets her site on fashion's high ground

By Jan Shure, January 9, 2012

For those women who hover around the average UK height - a somewhat petite 5 foot 4 ins - the idea of being model-tall can seem achingly desirable. The reality for those women who actually are significantly above average height, is not quite so appealing.

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