Chitose Abe in London this month
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The Sacai sensation

It’s the label the fashion insiders are talking about. Meet the designer transforming the working wardrobe

From left: Rihanna; Veronika Heilbrunner; Olivia Palermo; Alexa Chung
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New denim directory

From ‘mom’ to ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’, the jean pool is getting bigger. Get the skinny on the latest styles

Victoria Beckham’s London store, designed by Farshid Moussavi

The art of retail

Designed by an architect and often ‘curated’, the modern boutique has become a gallery of desire

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The sludge report

In the era of coalition, the political tie is becoming more and more muddy coloured, says Charlie Porter

Raf Simons (seated right) in the studio, a still from ‘Dior and I’ (2014)
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The drama of a good fashion documentary

A new film, ‘Dior and I’, reveals the humanity at the heart of a major corporation

Elie Top necklace, price on request

Jewellery: geometry lessons

Simple and sleek, minimal modern pieces make for maximum impact

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Gingham: hip to be square

The most versatile of fabrics, checks can be City-boy smart or Sunday-school sweet. This season finds it at its sultriest best

The fairytale success of Swarovski

The brand’s association with films and fashion has put sparkle into sales

Julie de Libran on designing for Sonia Rykiel

The artistic director on her first collection for the label and why it has been the perfect homecoming

The walkways and luxury outlets of Bal Harbour Shops today

Bal Harbour Shops 50 years on

The chicest, most successful mall in America is celebrating its 50th year. But can the retail group keep up with the new kid on the block?

I’m having intimacy issues

Even the slightly ickily-named ‘intimate dinner’ means mass catering and a top table

Chanel cuts prices in Asia

Long queues in Shanghai as luxury goods makers act to ‘harmonise’ prices

Ferragamo blocks 100,000 fake products

Designer brand in battle against copies sold online and in China

European carmakers fight off rivals

Premium brands have been poaching customers

Sotheby’s taps Tad Smith to be chief

Auction house picks antiques outsider from Madison Square Garden

Apple Watch and strategic ripple effects

How to react when a powerful new product arrives in your sector

Luxury US malls retain their allure

Grittier complexes struggle as lower-income shoppers stay away or prefer to purchase online

Art investments pop back in the picture

Better return than fine wine, jewellery or furniture

New York’s latest hotspot: South Street Seaport

The nation’s once leading port is the closest thing to real-estate virgin territory that remains in Manhattan

Farmer to sell Barbados resort for $75m

Estate used by celebrities such as Wayne Rooney

Alexander McQueen’s legacy in jewellery

Shaun Leane talks about the designer’s imagination and influence on his work

Looks to love: the Paris trends

The season reached its triumphant finale with gothic tragediennes, a Technicolor menagerie — and some very challenging trousers

Knots landing

The humblest material of human endeavour has been hoisted into high fashion. Charlie Porter gets to grips with rope

Brim with confidence

The key to 1970s style starts with a hat. But which one? Grace Cook gets a heads-up

Mulberry bags new chief executive

Former Buccellati boss Thierry Andretta to take over in April

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