Common threads: couture in details

From left: Chanel, Maison Margiela, Elie Saab
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The trends coming out of the haute-couture shows in Paris

Chanel black and white grossgrain flat, £715

Some words of comfort: the world is now flat

Why flats are a step forward for all woman-kind

A suit fit for a Kingsman

Matthew Vaughn’s new spy film looks so suave he thinks you’ll want to look the part. The director speaks to Jo Ellison

Hands off! A new It bag for spring

The arm-less charm of the new season accessories

The FT best dressed of 2014

Tom Stoppard tied the knot in periwinkle, Prince George made royal progress in pastels and we swooned for a suave young French minister. The FT’s fashion editor selects the year’s most chic

The politics of the Christmas woolly pully

Your sweater should be seasonal yet sober: think two parts Sarah Lund from ‘The Killing’, one part Santa Claus

Best books of 2014: Fashion & Style

A round-up of the titles to remember

Givenchy’s goth Samaritan

As he approaches his tenth year as creative director at the French luxury house, Riccardo Tisci describes his professional – and personal – mission

The lesson for today: men, be more boring

Leave the off-duty rock star look at home. No one will notice you, but at least you won’t offend

Kate Bush; front cover of 'Cathy', by John Carder Bush

Coffee-table tomes to suit every taste

From French fashion manifestos, to Champagne Supernovas, to feasts fit for a design emperor

Feels like bikini-buying weather, again

You head into the shops with thoughts of cashmere and mittens – and you’ll find summer clothes

The discreet charm of Bunny Mellon

The sale of the heiress’s estate reveals not only a woman with an exquisite talent for spending money but also an unlikely tastemaker

A little bit of vanity is good for you

We are encouraged to nurture the delusional aspiration that if we ‘declutter’ our lives, we might look like Julia Roberts

Tory Burch: a colourful life

The billionaire designer’s fashion book is a pictorial mood board describing the themes on which she has built her brand

Get on the ‘grundie’ train

The androgynous boxer-hybrid is here to stay, whether you like it or not

I’ll never grow out of a good gown

A beautiful dress will always bewitch

Delphine Arnault, LVMH heiress

Can the LVMH heiress fulfill her wish for a quiet life? Over sashimi, she talks about celebrating luxury and the ‘almost magical’ instincts of her father Bernard

Trends report: Paris Fashion Week

Circles, vintage florals and brocade are among the key looks for spring

Paris Fashion Week: Day 8

The international shows drew to a close with journeys through time and space

Paris Fashion Week: Day 7

Show reviews from Chanel, Saint Laurent and Valentino

ABOUT JO

Jo EllisonJo Ellison is the FT’s fashion editor. She was educated at Edinburgh University where she read history. Prior to joining the the paper, in August 2014, she was the features director of British Vogue. Her column appears on the style pages. Follow Jo on Twitter @jellison

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