Fashion

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Everything is autumn!

After spring's crisp utilitarian feel and summer's Seventies love affair, fashion takes a turn into darker territory for autumn - with a couple of notable exceptions.

Now in print

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Some of the biggest - and best - trends to emerge from the spring/summer collections were the bold, technicoloured prints that designers emblazoned on their catwalk creations.

Find a real jewel online

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The high street is great if you're looking to grab a statement necklace or pack of stacking rings for less than a tenner, but to avoid catwalk copycats, your best bet is to head to the e-shops.

Stride into summer

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You probably have most of your summer fashion shopping list sorted by now, but as we kick into high season, thoughts turn to accessories, and how to enhance those hot weather outfits.

Shady times...

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Did you know sunglasses were used as far back as 12th century China?

Sale away!

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With rack upon rack of cut-price clothes and gigantic signs luring us and our pay packets into the shops, it can be easy to get carried away in the summer sales.

Take the hire road to style

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Imagine having a wardrobe full of designer dresses to choose from, whenever the occasion called for a jazzy Christopher Kane minidress, or a dazzling Roland Mouret number...

Join the pool party

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Don't underestimate your holiday itinerary when it comes to finding the holy grail of swimsuits. While body shape is key, it's what you're doing in it that really counts. On-the-go thrill-seeker or human sundial, pick a bikini or one-piece that fits with your vacation mantra.

Peak style season

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Like ice lollies and BBQ sausages, some things are just better suited to the peak of summer. It's the same for fashion trends that come with a specific June to September shelf life.

Daddy cool

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I think we can all agree that of the two annual parental celebration days, Mothering Sunday represents the easiest gift-getting assignment. Flowers, chocolates, afternoon teas... mums are just easier to buy for, aren't they?

Say 'I do' to budget bridal style

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The average wedding now costs a whopping £20,000, according to Time Out magazine. That's a £6,000 rise over the last 10 years - and, furthermore, a survey by Brides magazine revealed the average spend on a wedding dress alone is £1,340.

Welcome to the dollhouse

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While the sexy Seventies and haute-boho looks ruled on many a spring/summer catwalk, elsewhere, an altogether softer trend was gathering pace.

Keeping up with khaki

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While Marc Jacobs led the military charge for spring, elsewhere, designers were clearly in more of a pacifist mood, as the army's favourite shade was thoroughly reworked for Civvy Street.

Eastern promise

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Creative types often cite trips to far-flung destinations as inspiration for their work, and nowhere was this more obvious than the spring/summer catwalks, where Western designers imbued their collections with a wealth of Eastern influences.

Learn your stripes

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There was a clear winner in the print stakes on the spring/summer catwalks. Stripes were seen everywhere, from Louis Vuitton (rendered in patent leather) and Chanel (long cardis and matching boots) to Paul Smith (natty blazers and drop waist dresses).

Will you be suede?

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Chiming with the change of direction, which saw so many collections veering towards a Seventies vibe, suede overtook leather as the designer hide of choice for spring.

The only way is ethics

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Now in its second year, Fashion Revolution Day on April 24 marks the day in 2013 when 1,133 people died and more than 2,500 others were injured, when a building housing several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh.

Dressed for duty

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It started with Marc Jacobs' stand out show at New York Fashion Week. The ever-influential designer was in army mode for SS15, taking uniform colours and flak jacket detailing, and blowing everything up: big collars, bigger buttons and huge patch pockets everywhere.

Discover your Seventies style siren

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After autumn's Sixties fixation, designers inched forward for spring, landing squarely in the era of bell-bottoms, platforms and feathered hairdos (and that's just the men).

Join the jean scene

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Apart from the odd designer who specialises in it, denim doesn't tend to get much of a look-in on the catwalks, with high-end houses favouring textiles that command a higher price on the retail racks.