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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

Special Reports

  1. Watches and Jewellery

    It is no surprise that as members of the industry gather in Switzerland at the annual ...
  2. Watches & Jewellery March 2012

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

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. April 25, 2013

    High jewellery: Prestige and presence are vital in bringing sparkle to a new market

    How does a trunk maker or a couture house go about creating a credible jewellery offering, from the very expensive one-offs...

  25. April 25, 2013

    BaselWorld: New exhibition space brings light to dark experience

    It was always a foregone conclusion that Herzog & de Meuron was going to design the new extension to the existing cluster of...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. beyondbrics

    December 12, 2012

    Chinese luxury: top of the shoppers

    China’s big spenders have finally made it to the top of the league table: according to reports published on Wednesday by...

  31. December 7, 2012

    Vive le tartan

    The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots was the setting on Tuesday for an extravaganza staged by Chanel in a ruined palace....

  32. Material World

    October 25, 2012

    Versace still thinking about going public

    Versace's chief executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris At a very glamourous Versace dinner last night (where I managed to cover...

  33. Material World

    October 17, 2012

    Chanel to the rescue!

    Chanel (the Group, not the brand) announced on Wednesday that it would acquire Barrie knitwear, a Scottish cashmere producer...

  34. October 2, 2012

    Paris Fashion Week: day six

    And so the long-awaited moment finally came. The heavens (OK, some side doors at the Grand Palais) opened, the hordes...

  35. September 28, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Peter Marino

    In the style-obsessed auditoriums that play host to the world’s fashion weeks, when someone mentions a “star designer” they...

  36. Material World

    September 27, 2012

    Is Chanel the Swatch of luxury?

    It seems to me Chanel is fast becoming the Swatch of luxury – and no one is really paying attention. Today WWD is reporting...

  37. August 31, 2012

    Season to taste

    Won’t it look orange?” In the spirit of showing rather than telling, I am at the hair salon to test the season’s new looks,...

  38. May 30, 2012

    Luxury French brands hit back at fakes

    The French luxury goods industry on Wednesday launched an advertising campaign against “the scourge” of counterfeits, which...

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