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    1. August 14, 2015

      Move over glamazons — here comes Gucci’s granny chic

      It all began with a woolly hat: a loosely knitted beanie, with a pom-pom on its top. The sort of hat one might...

    2. July 24, 2015

      Mad about Margot — the Tenenbaum effect

      With her cigarette, poker-straight bob, fur coat and kohl-rimmed aura of disaffection, it’s no surprise Margot...

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    1. July 17, 2015

      High summer hit-list

      Sunset sunglasses Following on from the 1970s trend, the predictable logic of fashion welcomes the 1980s. Coloured...

    2. June 26, 2015

      Flower to the people

      Criticism as a commercial activity is increasingly out of favour. This autumn, for example, Condé Nast’s excellent...

    3. June 26, 2015

      Folk heroes

      Yes, we know. Folk, and its bedfellow bohemia, is a recurring fashion theme. But the old is new again in the...

    4. June 22, 2015

      Milan menswear SS16 Day 3

      Backstage, 40 minutes before the Gucci menswear show for spring/summer 16, new creative director Alessandro Michele...

    5. May 27, 2015

      Luxury goods lose gloss as consumer enthusiasm begins to wane

      Stellar growth appears to have gone out of fashion in the luxury goods industry. After a five-year run of soaring...

    6. May 17, 2015

      Kering sues Alibaba over sales of counterfeit goods

      Alibaba is being sued by the company behind luxury brands including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, which alleges the...

    7. April 21, 2015

      Gucci ‘transition’ hurts Kering results

      A deep reorganisation at the heart of Gucci took its toll during the first quarter as sales at Kering’s flagship luxury...

    8. March 4, 2015

      Dries Van Noten — Paris Fashion Week AW15 show report

      And so to Paris, and a tiny shift in sartorial perspective as the fashion press commences the last circuit of the...

    9. February 27, 2015

      Etro — Milan Fashion Week AW15 show report

      “Attic chic”, the phrase coined by Alessandro Michele to describe his Gucci debut, has seemingly possessed designers in...

    10. February 25, 2015

      Gucci — Milan Fashion Week AW15 show report

      With a subtext of “beheadings” and betrayals as thrilling as any Renaissance drama, Gucci’s autumn/winter 2015 show was...

    11. February 17, 2015

      Gucci fails to bag sales growth

      Falling sales at Gucci in the final quarter of 2014 took the shine off results for luxury brand owner Kering — despite...

    12. February 12, 2015

      China’s changing tastes mean mixed fortunes for luxury brands

      New mood in China For Europe’s upmarket fashion and spirits brands, doing business in China in recent years has been...

    13. January 23, 2015

      Look sharp! Milan menswear report

      There are two ways to view the Milan menswear shows for autumn/winter 2015: the drama, or the clothes. Let’s focus on...

    14. January 21, 2015

      Gucci appoints Alessandro Michele as new creative director

      Gucci has appointed Alessandro Michele, its relatively unknown accessories designer, as creative director following the...

    15. December 12, 2014

      Kering and Gucci: Pinault noir

      There is no room for emotion in luxury, whatever the adverts suggest. It may be a fortnight before Christmas but...

    16. December 12, 2014

      New Gucci chief Bizzarri viewed as a rising star

      Marco Bizzarri, named on Friday as the new chief executive of Gucci, has earned a reputation as one of the rising stars...

    17. December 12, 2014

      What went wrong for Gucci’s power couple?

      For a decade at Gucci, Patrizio di Marco and Frida Giannini had presided over one of the world’s best-known luxury...

    18. Material World

      December 12, 2014

      Kering announce Gucci shake up

      Change is in the air at Gucci. Power couple Patrizio di Marco and Frida Giannini are to leave the luxury brand in a...

    19. December 12, 2014

      Chief executive and creative director to leave Gucci

      Gucci, the Italian luxury goods brand, is parting company with its chief executive Patrizio di Marco and his partner,...

    20. December 5, 2014

      That Seventies show

      Feeling groovy, again A deluge of headlines is about to hit our news feeds. “Dare to Wear Flares”, “Ten Short Cuts to...

    21. November 7, 2014

      It takes more than a tax rise to spoil Japan’s taste for luxury

      Japan’s hard luxury sector is optimistic: the market has experienced steady but certain growth after extended periods...

    22. November 3, 2014

      Hermès takes long view to feed China’s appetite for understated style

      Luxury goods were the currency of Chinese corruption for decades, until Beijing stepped in two years ago to block the...

    23. October 31, 2014

      Sanofi chairman to roll sleeves up again after chief’s departure

      When Serge Weinberg started as Sanofi chairman in 2010, the French pharmaceuticals company looked to be hitting its...

    24. October 23, 2014

      Gucci slowdown holds back Kering growth

      Sales at luxury brand Gucci were weaker than expected during the third quarter, dragging down otherwise resilient...

    25. October 6, 2014

      Out-of-town designer discount centres revolutionise retail

      Cash-strapped but still want a Gucci handbag? From Beijing to Britain’s Bicester Village, fashion-conscious consumers...

    26. September 26, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week

      Swinging fringing The 1970s influences echoed throughout Milan, where oversized shades, patchwork details and printed...

    27. September 26, 2014

      Fashion labels move into make-up

      The sense of anticipation started building weeks ago. Backstage in New York, Pat McGrath, the most prolific and...

    28. September 17, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Day 1

      Irony is not something that I automatically associate with Italian style. Sophisticated? Yes. Strong? Always. Sexy too...

    29. September 16, 2014

      Hermès takes the long view of its position in China

      Hermès is all about the long view. It takes a long time to train its craftsmen. It has a long waiting list for its...

    30. September 10, 2014

      Luxury goods: on sale

      Luxury goods are going out of fashion – at least if share prices are any guide. This year, leading luxury companies...

    31. September 3, 2014

      Safilo shares suspended as Gucci ends licence deal

      Share trading in Safilo, an Italian eyewear company, was suspended on Wednesday after it was announced that its licence...

    32. July 30, 2014

      Luxury group Kering beats forecasts

      Kering, the luxury and lifestyle group, reported better-than-expected sales during the second quarter as growth of its...

    33. Material World

      July 30, 2014

      Kering says Gucci will have a brighter second half

      Those ubiquitous double-G Gucci bags are not whirring retailers’ cash registers as they once used to. Sales at Gucci,...

    34. July 25, 2014

      Sharp new looks for the exercise class

      As ready-to-wear designers continue to poach elements from the streamlined world of sportswear, a clutch of independent...

    35. June 27, 2014

      Carlos Jereissati, Iguatemi chief executive

      Carlos Jereissati, 42, is chief executive of Iguatemi, which owns the eponymous shopping mall chain in Brazil. Suit by...

    36. June 27, 2014

      Milan spring/summer 2015 menswear shows

      Does anyone look to shows with an eye for trends any more? There was a time when designers dictated the colour of the...

    37. June 24, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: menswear report 3

      No matter how fanciful, clothing should have a purpose. At Gucci, the overt theme was nautical. It was there in the...

    38. 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...

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