From left: Orlando Bloom, Salma Hayek, Francois-Henri Pinault and Mario Testino attend the British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty)

The men’s guide to party dressing

Stay dapper this season and for God’s sake keep your tie on, says Esquire editor Alex Bilmes

Picture galleries

Gift guide: for him
Perfect presents for the discerning modern man
'The return after three days', 1865 ©Julia Margaret Cameron/V&A Images
Unravelled, vulnerable, intimate and handmade — these images have both inspired and haunted

JW Anderson wins two UK fashion awards

Northern Irish designer scoops men’s and womenswear prizes

Christmas gift guide

Sparkly presents to make the holiday season shine

Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton
©Gus Powell

Sharing the love

The treasures found in clothes swaps are not simply the cast-offs but the tales attached to them

Left: Poppy ‘Barr’s White’, New York (1968); right: ‘Iceland Poppy (B)’, New York (2006)
©The Irving Penn Foundation

Flowers and the power of a single stem

The silent messengers we return to again and again, flowers fill the space when the words we seek die in our mouths

Gucci AW15

Shopping: statement sweaters

Bold prints, embellishments and embroidery to ward off winter’s chill

Esme Winter's newfangled marbled paper styles

The art of wrapping

From bespoke wax seals to personalised baubles, this year’s finest finishing touches

A suit from Ermenegildo Zegna’s Made in Japan collection
©Takashi Homma

Tailor made in Japan

Why Tokyo is luring in the big menswear brands

Jeans, £750, Good For Nothing Embroidery at Browns

Cross-stitch: fashion’s crafty new trend

Wellies, bags, jewellery and even cars — embroidery is everywhere

Left: 'Mrs Herbert Duckworth' (1872) ; right: 'Rebecca' (1866)
©Julia Margaret Cameron/V&A Images

The art that inspires Alexander McQueen

Designer Sarah Burton on the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron