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The entrance to MyHotel Chelsea

Culture, afternoon tea and a spot of TLC in the heart of Chelsea

Cheryl Mullin goes on a girls' weekend to London, and discovers the perfect location to explore the capital's delights in peace

Belambra holiday club in Praz sur Arly, France

Travel: Lanzarote - a downhill struggle?

A nervous Jane Haase embarks on her first family ski holiday in the French Alps

Airbnb apartment in Berlin

Travel: Bargain in Berlin

A friendly apartment is the top choice for a weekend break with mates to Berlin, says Sarah Marshall

Cruising on South Walsham Broad

Travel: River cruise has Broads appeal...

Nigel Thompson cruises along the Norfolk Broads and finds big skies, wildlife... and a water-borne bishop

TRAVEL Austria Monastery

Enjoy an oasis of charm and calm in Austria

If you want a relaxing break, book in at a monastery says Ann Stenhouse

The Perry Green room at The Craven Heifer, Addingham

Enjoy a real flavour of fine Yorkshire heritage at The Craven Heifer

The Craven Heifer on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales celebrates the region's famous sons and daughters as well as fine food

The boat ride along the gorgeous coast of Amalfi.

Driven round the bend in Sorrento

Nigel Thompson heads to spectacular Sorrento in Italy to confront one of the world’s most twisting roads... and an awful lot of steps

Peckforton Castle

Royal weekend away in the glorious Cheshire countryside

With its turrets sticking out above the trees, Peckforton Castle looks other-worldly, and as far away from the chaos of the city as its possible to get

The American Bar at The Stafford London by Kempinski

Falling in love over afternoon tea at a top London hotel

Mike Lockley spends an elegant afternoon at The Stafford, quintessential London hotel that borders the capital’s royal landmarks

The sunset from Pinchos restaurant

An undiscovered Caribbean gem you won’t be able to help falling in love with

Aruba remains undiscovered by British tourists. Mary Griffin takes a trip to the Caribbean to see what we’re missing

Rio de Janeiro

World Cup 2014: A football fan's guide to the Brazilian host cities

There's something to suit every possible taste in Brazil, Jack Lang reports, as he offers this guide for fans planning their summer jaunt

A holiday lodge at Sandy Balls

Having a ball exploring the New Forest national park

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of Sandy Balls. Adrian Caffrey dodges the double entendres while enjoying the outdoor life...

Princes Street Gardens looking up towards Edinburgh Castle

Mixing history with luxury on a city break in the Scottish capital

Julia McWatt pays a visit to Edinburgh, where she falls in love with the historic city - and the luxury apartment she temporarily calls home...

Bournemouth, Dorset

Britain's best beaches: Seven golden shores you can't afford to miss

Winter is here – so start planning a Great British beach break. Here are seven of the very best.

Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Bustling Kathmandu works its magic on adventurous visitors

Most visitors to Nepal pass through Kathmandu on their way to Mount Everest. But stop and spend time in this vibrant city,  urges Fiona Woottom

Experience [REC] at Portaventura

Halloween horror trips that are terrifyingly good...

If your idea of a good time is being scared silly this round up of horrifying Halloween trips is your one-way ticket to terror...

St Anton offers superb ski runs to suit all abilities

Keep the drinks on ice and hit the slopes in glorious St Anton

It may boast some of  the very best après ski around, but Gill Martin still finds time to hit the superb slopes of St Anton

York Minster is just one of many attractions in the historic city

Shopping, history and romance on a long weekend in York

There's plenty to explore in historic York, as Cheryl Mullin discovered in a visit to one of Britain's most romantic hotels...

Royal Princess sailing out of Southampton. The ship is on her maiden season around the Mediterranean

Cruising the high seas in a ship that's fit for a princess

A cruise ship christened by the Duchess of Cambridge must surely be fit for a future queen? Emma Wilson joins the Royal Princess on her maiden season to find out...

White Mountains during the Fall season in Maine

Turning over a new leaf as green turns to gold in New England

Summer may be over,  but autumn is a time to rejoice in Massachusetts says Richard Jones, who joined other 'leaf peepers' to admire the changing vegetation

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Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

First look inside Glass House - Newcastle's luxury whiskey, wine and champagne bar

L-R Dr Edyta Roszko and Dr Claire Sutherland at the Vietnam exhibition at Durham University's Palace Green Library

Durham University's Palace Green Library hosts Vietnam: A Nation, not a war exhibition

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David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer
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Colour splashes

COLOURFUL fashion designer Matthew Williamson has designed an exclusive collection for high street chain H&M.

Designs by Matthew Williamson at H&M

COLOURFUL fashion designer Matthew Williamson has designed an exclusive collection for high street chain H&M. Liz Lamb has the details.

CELEBRITIES love him and now every day fashionistas can get their hands on Matthew Williamson’s eclectic designs.

The fashion designer, whose fans include Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Jade Jagger, is giving high street lovers full access to his exclusive world – with a women’s collection that brings together iconic pieces from his past collections with the brilliant colour of his brand new catwalk looks.

H&M stores worldwide will carry Williamson’s wardrobe of eclectic prints and vivid colour pieces inspired by travels from around the world.

From dresses to tops, all-in-ones to the sharpest tailoring, this fashion collection has all the key pieces for Spring 2009.

The designer says: “I wanted to create a strong urban collection fused with the brand’s signature symbols and shapes.

“It’s been fascinating to search back through my archives to isolate the most iconic pieces, then rework them for H&M.

“Colour is one of the defining aspects of my signature style, I focused on the iconic peacock motif seen across my collections to develop a palette of blues, chartreuse and emerald. The spirit of the collection is both covetable and precious.”

Among Williamson’s favourite pieces is the bias-cut graphic butterfly print dress with grosgrain straps, which when worn with a cashmere cardigan with peacock embroidery over the shoulder is an update of an outfit from Williamson’s first ever show in 1997.

Meanwhile the collection comes bang up to date with an electric blue tuxedo that takes on the bold colourblocking trend from Williamson’s most recent catwalk show. “It would inject freshness into the wearer’s look,” says Williamson, “whether it be worn over jeans, biker or cigarette pants”.

A metallic jacket and bubble skirt come in a jacquard specially woven for H&M, while a showstopping sequin, ultra-short dress is printed with bursts of colour.

Williamson’s beloved peacock insignia decorates a versatile jersey dress, while for evening Williamson recreates one of his most celebrated pieces, a beaded ruffle gown that comes in a vivid tiger butterfly print.

This exclusive collection for Spring available from April 23rd is only the first part of Williamson’s collaboration with H&M.

From May 14, the perfect wardrobe for summer will be available and he has also designed a full menswear collection.

For pricing and stockists of the Matthew Williamson collection visit www.hm.com/gb

 

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer