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editors slip into their seats at catwalk shows, looking like they’ve hopped out of someone who isn’t their husband’s bed, all skinny leather trousers and black eyeliner, it doesn’t surprise me that we Brits still hold up les femmes Françaises as the epitome of sexy. But what does it really take to nail that ‘I’m so hot it hurts’ look and attitude? We challenged Mimi Spencer to live the life and style for a week – read her hilarious diary on page 8. Another burning question we answer in this special issue of Marie Claire is, ‘What products do beauty editors really use?’ Seeing our beauty team deluged, day in day out, with make-up, hair products and skincare deliveries here at MC HQ, I really don’t envy Must-have the enormous task they have. Discover their make-up hand-on-heart personal favourites on page 46. If this bite-sized edition of Marie Claire has whetted your appetite for more riveting reads, exclusive interviews and wardrobe-changing fashion ideas, keep an eye out for the special subscription and discount offers over the next 50 pages. Tell us your views at marieclaire. co.uk/whatdoyouthink and you Cool could win £500 in vouchers to spend minimalism at my-wardrobe.com. Leather trousers, here we come…

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Reporter

Seaside style; Eliza Doolittle’s world; Rafe Spall turns nasty; and book-club mania

8 Fags, flirting & sexy knickers

Mimi Spencer samples life as a French wife

12 ‘My Marie Claire mentor changed my life’

Read all about our campaign’s inspiring success stories

15 Graceland

Why socialising isn’t part of Grace Dent’s holiday package

17 Straight into style

Understated or OTT – which fashion look gets your vote? Plus, shoe heaven, in-yourface florals, and 9-5 inspiration

30 Gaultier grows up

Celebrating 35 years of iconic design with fashion’s original enfant terrible

34 My best friend’s getting married. Now what?

Do female friendships have to change after one of you says ‘I do’?

36 Kidnapped, beaten, raped

The women who risk their lives to report from the frontline

40 ‘I was so ready for evil Hollywood’ We meet X-Men star Jennifer Lawrence, who is taking the film world by storm

44 Beauty

Summer lipsticks, plus the products our beauty editors actually use

50 Fashion gives back

Win a Vivienne Westwood one-off

Get £1 OFF See vou on pagecher 51

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