Tunics And Trousers

A relaxed, loose, silhouette covers a multiple of sins, while panels in block colours add interest and depth. This is a thinking woman's trend, for women who want a look that says sophisticated but not slave to the trends. Balenciaga's Mondrianesque combination is a contemporary take on YSL's iconic panel dress, with references to the avant-garde trends of the Sixties, while Peter Pilotto and DVF also played with different fabrics pieced together. A prevalence of a monochrome palette in the trend points to a sobriety that won't tolerate fashion's mercurial fluctuations but aplunging neckline on a white tunic at Michael Kors proves, though, that this is a look that is unexpectedly sexy. visit http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/trends/2011-12-autumn-winter/tunics-and-trousers

World leaders ill at ease over tunics and North Korea

Mr Bush took the first chance he had to remove his once the official photo call was finished, an annual ritual at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit. The tradition began in Seattle in 1993, when President Clinton offered his guests leather bomber jackets, and they have gone on to don Indonesian batik, Philippine barong made of pineapple fibres and Mexican ponchos. This year, the leaders had a choice of five colours of ao dai, all of them embroidered with golden lotus flowers. In feudal times yellow was reserved for the king, but it was chosen only by the Thai prime minister and the Vietnamese president, while the Sultan of Brunei, the sole monarch, picked green. visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1534665/World-leaders-ill-at-ease-over-tunics-and-North-Korea.html