Karl Lagerfeld at the new Fendi headquarters in Rome, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld: the king of couture

The fashion designer on 50 years at Fendi and the power of ‘fantasy fur’

A green guide to summer beauty

Kathleen Baird-Murray tests the best eco-friendly products to take on holiday

Shopping: six eco-friendly sunscreens

Stop before you slather: find the best ways to protect your skin - and the environment - in the sun

From left: Berluti; Gosha Rubchinskiy; Raf Simons; Saint Laurent; Louis Vuitton

Paris menswear round-up SS16

A season with lots of sparkle, but too few stars

From left: Balmain, Dior Homme, Sacai, Hermès

Paris menswear SS16 Day 4

Show reviews of Balmain, Dior Homme, Sacai, Undercover and Hermès

Folk-themed fashion

Get the look — folk heroes

Aimee Farrell goes in search of artisanal chic, from boho coats to flower crowns

From left: Gucci; Giorgio Armani; Marni; Bottega Veneta; Prada

Milan menswear round-up SS16

In Italy, fashion is all about the conversation piece. Charlie Porter chimes in

Topshop in Manhattan
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Reborn in the USA

America has thwarted some of the biggest European brands. Does Primark have what it takes?

Jo Ellison

Forget the sales, hit the rails

Why the pre-collections are the pearls of the fashion cycle

Alfa strives for beauty and profitability

Fiat Chrysler to stage the marque’s biggest relaunch in decades

Art market globalisation drives up prices

Demand encourages owners to put works up for sale

Samsonite goes downmarket to defend sales

China corruption issues force luggage-maker to look to mid-range

The Art Market: sales in a spin

Frenzied buying at Art Basel; ceramics from Marina Picasso

Undressing the detectives

Today’s TV detectives are the sum of their sartorial tropes

Stitch perfect

Skilled needleworkers are increasingly rare. Grace Cook asks who sews for whom?

Shopping: supersize watches

The vogue for huge watch faces took hold after the financial crash in 2008. They’ve got bigger since

Chinese lead foreign buyers of US homes

More than $28bn spent in past year as wealthy seek to invest abroad

UK throws weight behind driverless cars

Country aims to be destination of choice for testing

Elliott puts cost of Samsung deal at $7bn

Samsung C&T shareholders stand to lose $7bn if merger goes ahead

Fitbit: wearing it well, for now

Tech company offers impressive growth but the rating is stretched

Hotel du Vin group sold for £363m

Services apartments operator snaps up boutique hotel chain to expand its presence in Europe

Rémy rebounds as China recovers thirst

Spirits maker to boost dividends as margins expected to improve

US groups warn on Osborne’s ‘Google tax’

Companies reveal material impact on their finances of UK levy

EU carmakers warned China ‘cash cow dying’

Returns fall due to slowing economy, ownership limits and rising competition

Gap: not so fast

Strong peripheral brands can only do so much


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