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  1. Material World

    February 19, 2014

    Ralph Lauren joins the rush to luxury

    Getty Images In yet another indication that high-end fashion brands see growth opportunities in charging ever-further...

  2. Material World

    January 15, 2014

    François-Henri Pinault puts his money where his mobile is via Square

    Getty Images There’s an interesting note on François-Henri Pinault’s official bio page on the Kering website.Aafter a the...

  1. December 13, 2013

    What fashion adds to the tech world

    Pity the poor fashion editor. Life is so confusing these days. Half the time I am wading through Christmas presents and...

  2. Material World

    August 27, 2013

    Should Apple make a cheaper iPhone? Fashion has the answer

    Seems to me the big question hovering over Apple and Tim Cook – it is or is it not a good idea for them to introduce a...

  3. August 19, 2013

    Fashion cents and sensibility

    When New York Fashion Week comes to town in the first week of September, a cadre of young designers will host exclusive...

  4. Material World

    July 30, 2013

    The colour wars: PINK vs Pink

    Getty Images After the Louboutin vs YSL tangle over the use of red soles on shoes, we have Thomas Pink vs Victoria’s Secret...

  5. June 24, 2013

    Milan menswear show: runway report 1

    Day one of the Milan S/S ‘14 menswear shows was marked by big drama and big brands, beginning with the return of Stefano...

  6. March 5, 2013

    Yoox proves resilience of luxury goods

    Federico Marchetti, founder and chief executive of Yoox.com, the global internet retailer behind many top luxury brands, is...

  7. January 21, 2013

    Paris Menswear: day five

    It’s like he never went away. Six years after he quit Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane returned to menswear by presenting at Saint...

  8. Material World

    January 8, 2013

    From the sole: the YSL/Louboutin effect

    Shoes by Nina Ricci. Image by Vanessa Friedman It seems the YSL/Christian Louboutin red sole suit has had some unexpected...

  9. November 28, 2012

    Le Monde hit by sudden death of editor

    Erik Izraelewicz, executive editor of Le Monde and one of France’s most prominent journalists, has died suddenly at the age...

  10. Material World

    November 27, 2012

    Is there method in YSL's executive whine

    Image by Getty What’s up with YSL these days? Following designer Hedi Slimane’s embarrassing tweet rant at the New York...

  11. October 19, 2012

    The investment biker

    Is 35 too young for a midlife crisis? Perhaps not, writes David Hayes, if rapper and would-be fashion designer Kanye West is...

  12. 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...

  13. September 7, 2012

    At the double

    At the New York menswear shows this week, expectations are high for one style in particular: the double-breasted jacket....

  14. September 4, 2012

    Zegna hires former YSL creative director

    Ermenegildo Zegna Group, the Italian luxury fashion house, announced the appointment of Stefano Pilati as head of design for...

  15. 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,...

  16. July 26, 2012

    Emerging markets buy into luxury

    Emerging market appetites for high-end handbags, fashionwear, champagne and cognac appeared to be holding up in the first...

  17. Material World

    May 16, 2012

    Next generation brands

    What high-end brands do those unpredictable but desirable, virtually-enabled, live-life-on-Facebook twentysomethings...

  18. March 30, 2012

    Pale and interesting

    It began this time last year, during awards season. At the Golden Globes, among the legions of actresses and starlets baring...

  19. March 1, 2012

    Wig and gown in vogue on the catwalk

    Behind the scenes during a fashion week, it’s not just models, designers and their production teams working frantically...

  20. February 29, 2012

    Paris Fashion Week

    The FT’s fashion editor Vanessa Friedman reports from the front row at Paris Fashion Week. Brands and designers whose...

  21. February 24, 2012

    On the green carpet

    Oscar dresses are usually associated with metres of tulle or swathes of silk, but this season some unexpected fabrics are...

  22. February 10, 2012

    Lines of beauty

    It is no coincidence that just as New York fashion week ends and London fashion week begins the Courtauld Gallery will...

  23. January 6, 2012

    Notes of extravagance

    “Are the flowers real?” I ask, my senses assaulted by banks of what seems like hundreds of peonies and irises, sticks of...

  24. December 16, 2011

    Red hot

    Of all the fashion clichés, one of the most difficult to dislodge is that Christmas equals red. Whether thanks to holly...

  25. December 2, 2011

    Window wonderland

    Come December, the term “window shopping” takes on new meaning as boutiques put their creative might into an unspoken...

  26. November 11, 2011

    The haute bohémienne with an innate approach to fashion

    A friend recalled this week how she met Loulou de la Falaise one day in the 1970s when London was swinging. “It was so long...

  27. October 5, 2011

    Chloé deals with the real

    Today marks the close of the Conservative party conference in the UK, and David Cameron’s last chance to rouse the party...

  28. September 16, 2011

    A muse at the museum

    There have been many museum exhibitions about great fashion designers, from Yves Saint Laurent to the recent record-breaking...

  29. September 9, 2011

    Join the dots

    What? Move over stripes, there’s another pattern in town. The favoured motif of Minnie Mouse, Pierrot clowns, Ginger Rogers...

  30. July 29, 2011

    Gucci and YSL sales aid PPR recovery

    Strong sales at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent highlighted the recovery in the global luxury goods business as PPR, the French...

  31. July 11, 2011

    Obituary: Roland Petit

    Roland Petit, French choreographer, dancer and producer, died in Geneva on Sunday morning. He was 87 years old. Petit’s...

  32. July 8, 2011

    All the young dudes

    The 1970s are a style decade that many would rather forget yet also one that contemporary fashion designers seem to adore....

  33. June 17, 2011

    Men get shorter

    There is an economic truism that the shorter the skirt, the better the times, but is this true for the male equivalent:...

  34. June 7, 2011

    Ten Questions - Emmanuelle Vidal-Delagneau

    Emmanuelle Vidal-Delagneau: “I have always dreamt of setting up my own business” Emmanuelle Vidal-Delagneau is a qualified...

  35. May 27, 2011

    Collecting special: Designs on the market

    Applied Art. Not so long ago, that was what design was called. Twenty years ago the auction houses periodically held sales...

  36. April 29, 2011

    Kitbag: laptop and tablet cases

    Nancy Gonzalez A glossy crocodile laptop case lined in grey suede; matching iPhone case is available. £1,730,...

  37. March 2, 2011

    Stars are only part of the enterprise

    When creative stars explode, they do so with a more spectacular bang than the average sufferer from a midlife crisis....

  38. March 1, 2011

    Goodbye Galliano

    Fashion has long traded on the idea of the wild and dangerous creative genius. Think Yves Saint Laurent, designing beautiful...

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