Saxophones, sheep and style: The story of Izzy Lane

Izzy Lane is launching its winter collection of beautiful pieces made from rescue sheep wool. Stephanie Smith talks to pioneering founder Isobel Davies. Pictures by Nicky Emmerson.

Santa came down the chimney ... in Vivienne Westwood, while Mrs Claus wore Karen Millen, after a makeover at Victoria Leeds.

Mr and Mrs Claus get a makeover, plus beauty gift perfect picks

Tis the time to dress up and get shopping. Stephanie Smith finds out what the stylish Santa about town is wearing this year, and has suggestions for must-have beauty, make-up and pampering gift sets.

Esmara by Heidi Klum sequin dress, �14.99, at Lidl.

Fashion: Best bargain partywear for dancing in the aisles

When you’ve spent all your money on presents for others, there’s very little left for yourself. Stephanie Smith selects key supermarket buys.

The One Hundred Stars dressing gown, �65, from Maude & Tommy in York - made famous by Nigella Lawson in her TV series Nigella: at My Table running on BBC2 at 8:30pm on Monday nights - is now sold out but on order, and there are other map designs available. Picture: BBC/Robin Fox.

Fashion: The Nigella effect and where to find ‘that dressing gown’

Independent fashion store Maude & Tommy has an army of fans – including one very stylish TV cook. Stephanie Smith talks to founder Anne McCrickard.

One of the rooms in the Heat and ice Experience at Titanic Spa.

Beauty: Find bliss in the valley at Titanic Spa

Find a luxury home-from-home experience within an award-winning Yorkshire mill conversion. Stephanie Smith checks out Titanic Spa.

Big shoulders: 
Models wear Mugler's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Fashion: Shoulder pads, frills, vinyl, ruched dresses. Party like it’s 1989

It’s back to the Eighties on the High Street for this year’s festive party season. Stephanie Smith has tips on how to get the look right.


Stephanie Smith: Let us not dull the sparkle of Ms Meghan Markle

Meghan’s always been ambitious,” said an actress friend of Ms Markle in the BBC’s impressively well-prepared Harry and Meghan: A Royal Engagement, shown on Monday, the day the happy couple announced their big news.

VICTORIA HALL SALTAIRE: Hannah wears: 1970s silver lurex top �10; 1980s black and silver A-line party skirt, �15; shoes, stylists own.

 All clothing and accessories from Rose & Brown Vintage. Pictures by Simon Hulme.

Vintage fashion: Party like it’s 1959 (in Saltaire)

Previewing Saltaire Vintage Fair next Saturday, December 2, Rose & Brown Vintage shows how to make Christmas great again. Words: Stephanie Smith. Pictures: Simon Hulme.


Fashion: Marks & Spencer springs forward with a confident, wearable new look

Sensible just got seriously chic at M&S as the High Street retailer plays to its strengths for its new spring/summer ‘18 collections. Stephanie Smith reports on a new direction.

Tokyo geometric printed dress, �895, from Amanda Wakeley at Harvey Nichols.

Amanda Wakeley: ‘My mission is to make every woman feel the best version of herself’

Amanda Wakeley creates designs for the world’s most stylish women, including Angelina Jolie and the Duchess of Cambridge. She talks to Stephanie Smith about seasonal muses and everyday glamour.

Check blouse, �25, coming for next summer and showcased at the M&S SS18 press preview.

Versatile, wearable, special. Sensible just got stylish at Marks & Spencer

Hemlines are down and sleeves are long, signalling a new era of modesty and cautious optimism at Marks & Spencer.

Thirlmere long quilted parka, �125, at White Stuff.

Fashion: How the parka became go-anywhere super-cool outerwear

The parka is the turn-to coat when the weather turns cold. Stephanie Smith has tips on how to wear one, and picks out key looks for winter.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Collection
Three indulgent treats are brought together in a gorgeous luxe gift box featuring Jo Malone Londons divine and iconic evening fragrance. Theres a cologne, a sensual Body & Hand Wash and a rich Body Cr�me. Finished with a burst of decorative green, it costs �78 at Jo Malone stores across Yorkshire and at

Learn how NOT to be a supermum, plus the best beauty gift sets

Bargains and beauty combine on counter as Stephanie Smith celebrates gifting, plus a chance to win tickets to a guilt-free event.

The Whisky Room at York Grand Hotel & Spa. Clothes and accessories from Browns of York. 
Velvet blazer, �225, by East; black cropped trousers, �79, by Phase Eight; shoes, �69.95, by Moda in Pelle.
Credits for all photographs: Photography - Charlotte Graham. Styling: Stephanie Smith. Location: The Grand Hotel & Spa in York. Clothes and accessories: Browns of York. Hair: Ruben of Ross Charles in York. Make-Up: Ash Fehners. Model: Ella Kitson of Boss Model Management in Manchester.

Grand designs and old school glamour

In an exclusive shoot at the Grand Hotel & Spa York, featuring fashion from Browns of York, we celebrate classic-meets-contemporary style sophistication for the Christmas party season. Words and styling by Stephanie Smith. Pictures by Charlotte Graham.

Red velvet ruched dress, �35; wrap playsuit, �28; faux fur bomber, �59; ruched back skirt, �28. All at Miss Selfridge.

Crush on velvet for the party season

The plush stuff is a major trend on the High Street for this season. Stephanie Smith has tips on what to look out for, plus hot picks.

Jack Thompson and Millie Watson of MEMI.

Move over, there’s a new beauty brand in town

This week sees the launch in Leeds of MEMI, an affordable luxury make-up brand. Stephanie Smith talks to the Yorkshire founders.

M&S Limited Edition silver sequin dress, �89, in Nov 16; belt, �15. from M&S.

Time for the big party dress switch-on

It’s the big festive party drop time, when Christmas dresses land on the High Street. Stephanie Smith picks out key looks to light up in.

Collette Brown, A by Jigsaw designer, with models at last month's launch at London Fashion Week.

The way we dress now - A by Jigsaw’s eclectic edge

As Jigsaw launches its premium collection – A by Jigsaw – into Harvey Nichols Leeds, Stephanie Smith talks to its designer Collette Brown.

The Spencer cardigan, �225, from Ross Barr.

Knits for all seasons (and reasons)

Knitwear has developed from being an autumn/winter wardrobe staple to all-year-round statement fashion must-have, and Yorkshire designers have been leading the way. Stephanie Smith highlights two emerging talents.

Red kitten heel sock boots, �38; ring bucket bag, from a selection; pleated midi, �45. All available at Next.

Accessories special: It’s all in the detail

It’s high time to find yourself that trophy bag or pair of boots or maybe a fur scarf. Stephanie Smith selects hot picks from the High Street.

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