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  1. September 5, 2014

    Exploring Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment

    Gabrielle Chanel’s life has been explored in books, films and catwalk references but the fashion house she started has now...

  2. September 5, 2014

    Fine jewellers buy back histories

    How do fine jewellery houses prove status and prowess? Increasingly, many are investing in heritage collections – archives...

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  1. Watches and Jewellery

    The smartwatch market is crowded, and the stakes will get higher with the launch of Ap...
  2. Watches & Jewellery March 2012

    Geneva Seal: overhauling a quality standard that has gone unchanged since 1957 Moveme...
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  1. FT Tech Hub

    August 21, 2014

    Meet the Smelfie: Sony's bid to win in the selfie wars

    By Jonathan Soble and Lindsay Whipp OK, so you know selfies are a thing – who doesn’t? But what about encasing that...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Paris couture autumn/winter 2014

    Paris couture shows autumn/winter 2014 There was a clear message from the couture shows in Paris this season: that despite a...

  3. FT Photo Diary

    July 8, 2014

    Karl Lagerfeld's Haute Couture collection

    Philippe Wojazer/Reuters Models present creations by German designer Karl Lagerfeld at the end of his Haute Couture...

  4. June 22, 2014

    Luxury brands battle to stay in fashion in South Korea

    Kwak Ji-yoon, a 42-year-old South Korean housewife, used to be a loyal customer of Louis Vuitton but she does not buy LV...

  5. May 30, 2014

    Designer fashion as investment purchases

    The term “investment purchase” was a favourite of glossy magazines and luxury brands during the recent recession – and it...

  6. May 9, 2014

    Clash of the tartans

    There was a time, not so very long ago, when the question of what to wear in the country would have been straightforward....

  7. May 9, 2014

    Power Dressing: Shelley Zalis

    Shelley Zalis, 52, is chief executive of Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange, an innovation centre for market research. She was...

  8. Material World

    May 8, 2014

    Dior Cruise: clothes, consumers and concept

      Getty Images And so that extended and amorphous season known as Cruise or Pre-fall – you know, the clothes that go on sale...

  9. Material World

    May 2, 2014

    Celine’s Phoebe Philo attempts to single-handedly change the fashion cycle

    Celine Next week begins the pre-spring season, starting with Dior in NYC, followed by Chanel in Dubai, Louis Vuitton in...

  10. Material World

    April 9, 2014

    With Karl Lagerfeld investment, PVH’s masstige strategy takes shape

      Getty Images The news that PVH has bought an undisclosed minority stake in Karl Lagerfeld’s namesake brand (otherwise...

  11. March 26, 2014

    Chanel and other fashion brands have big impact on watch industry

    Fashion, Coco Chanel once said, is “not something that exists in dresses only”. Couture houses have often taken her at her...

  12. February 7, 2014

    How to get away with wearing pink

    Not so shocking pink When Caroline Neville, president of trade body Cosmetic Executive Woman, appeared on CNBC last year to...

  13. February 7, 2014

    ‘Elegance in an Age of Crisis’ at New York’s Museum at FIT

    The word “recession” tends to call to mind “austerity”, but as a new exhibit at New York’s Museum at FIT demonstrates, this...

  14. January 24, 2014

    Autumn/winter 2014 menswear shows

    Often during the recent men’s shows for autumn/winter 2014, which finished with Saint Laurent last Sunday night, I thought...

  15. December 20, 2013

    Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Dallas, Texas

    Picture this: 900 Texas socialites mixing with British It girls and glamazon models. Throw in some old convertibles, a...

  16. Material World

    December 6, 2013

    Stakes-raising: Chanel and Paco Rabanne ante up

    Forget obvious battlegrounds such as stores (who has the biggest, the luxist, the most special), or designers. The most...

  17. Material World

    December 3, 2013

    The fashion billionaires list

    Getty Images It just keeps growing! As Forbes pointed out, the Versace stake currently for sale is being discussed as a...

  18. November 22, 2013

    Fashion learns the art of film

    It’s about now that a film studio’s fancy turns to thoughts of awards. They need to get their Oscar/Bafta/Golden Globe...

  19. November 1, 2013

    Why tartan is back on the catwalk

    Fashion doesn’t get much more Scottish than model Stella Tennant, prowling through the ruins of Linlithgow Palace in West...

  20. October 18, 2013

    Chain bags are big this season

    I know women. Give them chains. Women adore chains,” said Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel, of the 2.55 bag, featuring a...

  21. October 18, 2013

    Power dressing: Neil Moffitt

    Neil Moffitt, 46, is chief executive officer for Hakkasan Ltd, which runs 25 restaurants and nightclubs, including Pure and...

  22. October 1, 2013

    Paris Fashion Week: Pull-push of classic-modern mash-up

    For years, Bernadette Chirac, wife of Jacques Chirac, a former French president, and Danielle Mitterrand, wife of François...

  23. October 1, 2013

    European groups buffeted by emerging market currency volatility

    Unilever’s warning that “significant currency weakening” in emerging markets would cause quarterly sales growth to slow...

  24. September 6, 2013

    Crossover: Fashion labels seek wider appeal in the cause of brand extension

    Coco Chanel once declared that fashion was “not something that exists in dresses only”; it also had to do “with ideas, with...

  25. August 16, 2013

    In awe of Oz

    While Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts and other Aussie A-listers have long topped best-dressed lists, it’s now...

  26. Material World

    August 8, 2013

    Racism in fashion: where is the C-suite?

    Fashion month is fast approaching – the NY shows start (gulp) on Sept 5 (which is also Rosh Hashanah, but let’s just not go...

  27. July 12, 2013

    Vanessa Friedman: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the new face of Bulgari

    One of the more notable moments of the recent Paris couture week occurred at a very fancy party hosted by Bulgari in a...

  28. Material World

    July 3, 2013

    Women on top: Lanvin and YSL get female CEOs

    Finally, some female executives at fashion brands. On Tuesday Kering named Francesca Bellettini CEO of Yves Saint Laurent,...

  29. June 30, 2013

    Paris menswear show: runway report 4

    At menswear shows, as in all businesses, it’s not just the clothes you’re observing. It’s also the sense of clarity – or, in...

  30. Material World

    June 27, 2013

    Chanel ousts Louis Vuitton as most-searched lux brand in China

    According to a new report published today by the Digital Luxury Group (DLG), Chanel has ousted Louis Vuitton for the first...

  31. June 7, 2013

    The end of seasons

    Last weekend I experienced an unfamiliar clothing trauma (I know, I shouldn’t admit it). Coming from New York, where it was...

  32. FT Alphaville

    May 16, 2013

    The short arm of the SEC

    So, there was evidence this week that the US authorities might finally be getting to grips with the Chinese reverse merger...

  33. May 3, 2013

    Punky pins and needles

    With his mix of sparkle and safetypins, neon and spikes and pearls, Tom Binns has been challenging jewellery conventions for...

  34. April 25, 2013

    Pricing strategy: Campaign to appeal to a wider audience of middle brows

    When Omega last month launched a surreal advertising film about its Co-axial movement, it was aired not on a highbrow...

  35. April 8, 2013

    Bottega Veneta hits luxury sweet spot

    Under glass in the Milan flagship store of Bottega Veneta there is a crocodile skin handbag made in the luxury group’s...

  36. March 1, 2013

    Producers call the shots on the catwalk

    Once upon a time fashion shows were seen by a small group of people in a tiny room. Today, however, live streaming, social...

  37. January 25, 2013

    Vote couture

    Though the French didn’t like it, there was an ironic symmetry to the fact that British prime minister David Cameron’s...

  38. December 14, 2012

    Warmer winters

    When the wind blows in from Siberia it’s easy to throw style out the window and bundle yourself up like some latter-day...

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