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  1. Material World

    February 27, 2014

    Blackstone and Versace: a marriage made in hospitality heaven?

      Getty Images Today the FT is reporting that Blackstone is the clear leader in the race for the Versace minority stake –...

  2. Material World

    February 20, 2014

    London Fashion Week still the best place for new talent?

    On Wednesday, sitting on the benches beside the Alberta Ferretti catwalk as one does, I got to chatting to my neighbour...

  1. February 13, 2014

    New York Fashion Week: Runway report 9

    In recent seasons, the contemporary aesthetic – particularly in New York – has leaned emphatically towards ambisexuality....

  2. December 20, 2013

    Partygoers echo lavish 19th-century ballroom look

    Good humour may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society” – said William Makepeace...

  3. November 29, 2013

    Pirelli calendar celebrates 50th anniversary

    The Italian tyre company Pirelli kicked off the A-list’s Christmas party season this year with a 50th anniversary...

  4. 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...

  5. September 19, 2013

    Sparse pickings for power women at Milan Fashion Week

    What happened to the power woman? She has, apparently, left Italy and emigrated to Germany, the United States and Brazil....

  6. July 26, 2013

    Souvenirs get chic

    Generations past may have settled for a postcard or shell as a memento from their annual summer holidays, but these days...

  7. Material World

    May 20, 2013

    Rumble in Milan

    Oooh, the trash talk out of Milan. Having finally woken up to the fact that London Fashion Week is getting buzzier, and that...

  8. February 21, 2013

    Milan Fashion Week: runway report 2

    Does a designer wear his (or her) politics on their sleeve? Or more pertinently, do they create clothes that do? Can you...

  9. 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...

  10. December 7, 2012

    The appeal of true Brit

    The news last week that Alexander Wang would be Balenciaga’s new creative director had the fashion world all a-twitter...

  11. February 22, 2012

    Milan Fashion Week

    The FT’s fashion editor Vanessa Friedman reports from the Milan catwalk. Brands and designers whose autumn/winter 2012...

  12. February 13, 2012

    New York Fashion Week

    In the first of their daily reports from the front row, the FT’s Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton report from the...

  13. February 2, 2012

    Alberta Ferretti to offer collection at Macy’s

    Macy’s, the US department store chain, has announced that Alberta Ferretti will be the latest contributor to its highly...

  14. Material World

    October 10, 2011

    Stella McCartney's wedding dress smarts

    Image by Getty. Image by Getty. Ah, the difference a dress makes — at least when it comes to a designer’s family politics....

  15. May 27, 2011

    Beckham plays a new game

    When did fashion become the go-to second career for celebrities in need of an Act II? It has crept up on us, like all...

  16. Material World

    December 10, 2010

    Matthew Williamson and the royal wedding dress odds

    Kate Middleton and Prince William Just in time for the Kate Middleton/Prince William royal nuptials, Matthew Williamson has...

  17. Material World

    September 23, 2010

    Planning for the future in Milan

    Something interesting is percolating up in Milanese fashion, and it has nothing to do with runways. It has to do with things...

  18. March 9, 2010

    The new red carpet economy

    On Sunday evening, the Oscars’ red carpet was dripping with predictably glamorous fare: Penelope Cruz in a purple duchess...

  19. March 9, 2010

    The new red carpet economy

    On Sunday evening, the Oscars' red carpet was dripping with predictably glamorous fare: Penelope Cruz in a purple duchess...

  20. January 22, 2010

    Fashion expands into the virtual market

    The Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti store on Stardoll.com The world of computer gaming has traditionally been assumed to be...

  21. December 23, 2009

    Hotels develop their own designer boutiques

    Luxury resorts are fast becoming one of the best places to satisfy an interest in exclusive retail since a clutch of...

  22. April 4, 2009

    Fringing attracts attention

    N “I wanted to express movement and vibration, which could lead to a feeling of lightness and volume,” says Ferretti. “Every...

  23. October 4, 2008

    Interior decor that takes its cue from the catwalk

    Milan fashion week may seem like a distant memory but for those still craving the catwalk hits - great colour combinations,...

  24. June 7, 2008

    On the beauty spot - Alberta Ferretti

    Alberta Ferretti, the Milan-based fashion designer, opened her showroom in 1981 and presented her first catwalk show in...

  25. May 31, 2008

    Young? British? You're hired!

    Lately it seems that, in true postmodern style, life has started to imitate reality TV, as opposed to reality TV imitating...

  26. May 3, 2008

    A rose-tinted view

    When the world economic forecast is not particularly sunny, what better way to brighten your outlook than with a pair of...

  27. February 18, 2008

    'It's eccentric yet metropolitan'

    Giorgio Armani kicked off the Milan autumn/winter women's wear season with a men's wear-inspired showing of his younger...

  28. January 26, 2008

    The generation gap regenerated

    It's weird to be an American abroad during this election, full of niche characters transformed into front-runners - you...

  29. January 26, 2008

    The generation gap regenerated

    It’s weird to be an American abroad during this election, full of niche characters transformed into front-runners – you miss...

  30. January 24, 2008

    Richemont and Coach fuel fears of recession with falling demand

    Signs that even the world's richest consumers are falling prey to recessionary fears gathered pace yesterday as two big...

  31. December 19, 2007

    Prada appoints advisers for probable 2008 IPO

    Prada on Wednesday appointed advisers for its initial public offering, indicating that the Italian fashion house is serious...

  32. December 1, 2007

    Twinkle, twinkle

    What? It's a jewel. No, it's a Christmas tree. No, it's a sequinned, beaded, silver-embroidered artwork of a dress. Where?...

  33. November 30, 2007

    Twinkle, twinkle

    What? It’s a jewel. No, it’s a Christmas tree. No, it’s a sequined, beaded, silver-embroidered artwork of a dress. Where?...

  34. November 24, 2007

    A revolution that started without me

    American Thanksgiving is often seen as a sort of bizarre jingoistic rite by those outside the US. But, growing up there, it...

  35. October 9, 2007

    Prada recruits amid talk of IPO

    Prada on Monday hired its first chief operating officer as the Italian fashion group continues to consider launching its...

  36. October 4, 2007

    Milan’s catwalk leads ever more often to the bourse

    Roberto Cavalli, the designer whose feral feminine clothes can stir the wild animal in onlookers, might soon have financiers...

  37. September 28, 2007

    The maestros of Milan

    Even better, with the sort of prescience fashion is known for, Bally’s new designer Brian Atwood has created nothing less...

  38. July 28, 2007

    Literary chic

    Not all the ink spilled over the recent arrival of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was used to analyse the merits of...

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