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  1. April 11, 2014

    Are men’s shirt collars an economic indicator?

    Collars and dollars Style watchers are likely to be familiar with that barometer of economic strength known as the hemline...

  2. February 21, 2014

    Lunch with the FT: Dries Van Noten

    By all rights, designer Dries Van Noten could be excused for being a bit grand. We meet a few days after his wildly...

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  1. Material World

    February 21, 2014

    Rebekah Brooks dresses to take the stand

      Getty Images Rebekah Brooks has finally taken the stand to speak for herself in the British phone hacking trial, now...

  2. Material World

    February 17, 2014

    Bafta scorecard: which fashion brand won the night?

    Getty Images Yes, it’s that time again: the time to tally up the celebs to find out which-brand-won-the-red-carpet! I mean,...

  3. Material World

    January 29, 2014

    Michelle Obama's Azzedine Alaïa: a fashion challenge at the State of the Union

    Getty Images Michelle Obama did something on Tuesday night at the State of the Union address she had never done before – in...

  4. January 8, 2014

    London Collections: Men, report 2

    At fashion shows, the focus is meant to be on what is finished: the completed looks that have taken months of toil to...

  5. January 3, 2014

    Tailor Carlo Brandelli brings his distinctive style back to London’s Savile Row

    What does bespoke actually mean to people?” Carlo Brandelli is sitting in George, a private members’ club in London’s...

  6. December 6, 2013

    What guests wore at the glittering Bal des Débutantes in Paris

    The starting gun on the glittering calendar of festive galas and parties in Paris is arguably the biggest and most curious...

  7. Material World

    December 2, 2013

    Amazon sidles into high fashion via Zappos and André Leon Talley

    Getty Images Despite its amazing Black Friday results, which further enshrine it as a go-to store for consumer goods, Amazon...

  8. November 22, 2013

    Isabella Blow’s military coat

    My favourite piece in the Isabella Blow collection at Somerset House is an Alexander McQueen black frock coat with gold...

  9. November 15, 2013

    ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ fashion

    The Hunger Games trilogy may have begun as a tween/teen phenomenon but the next film instalment, Catching Fire, which opens...

  10. November 15, 2013

    Patchwork designs for men

    Prince Charles has always been a polished dresser but when the heir to the British throne stepped out in the summer not once...

  11. 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...

  12. October 25, 2013

    Dramatic looks for Halloween

    What? Cast a spell as Halloween beckons. Dark, mysterious and very seductive, this season’s most bewitching gothic looks are...

  13. October 11, 2013

    Frieze Masters shifts balance between twin art fairs

    The tie-up between art and fashion – always a close relationship – has a new link in its chain this week in London....

  14. Material World

    September 26, 2013

    The JW Anderson-Loewe deal and the shifting balance of power

    Getty Images On Wednesday, LVMH announced it had signed up YBD JW Anderson (aka Jonathan William Anderson, left) to be the...

  15. September 20, 2013

    Biker jackets: this season’s most wanted style

    Designers have always had a thing for life in the fast lane. So it should come as no surprise that Gucci creative director...

  16. Material World

    September 20, 2013

    LVMH acquires Nicholas Kirkwood; raises stakes in young designer game

    Take that Kering. You have a hot young British designer? Now WE have a hot young British designer. Getty Images Today LVMH...

  17. Material World

    September 18, 2013

    The biggest Fashion Week trend: supporting young designers

    Anyone else think this is a halcyon time for young designers? I mean, first the big luxury groups make their first...

  18. Material World

    September 6, 2013

    Kering invests in another fresh name: Joseph Altuzarra

    Getty Images How nice, as fashion week begins, to see a new brand getting some money. Today Kering, the French luxury group...

  19. August 30, 2013

    The thread of all things

    Adam Jones’s magic sweater is but the latest example of fabric innovation to make a mark on the fashion scene. Textile...

  20. 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...

  21. August 16, 2013

    Nick Waplington remembers Alexander McQueen

    In all the myths that have grown up and paeans that have been sung since the suicide of the designer Lee Alexander McQueen...

  22. 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...

  23. Material World

    July 15, 2013

    Will the royal baby really be good for fashion? Possibly not.

    Getty Images As the royal babywatch enters what are presumably its final days (or even hours) I admit: I cannot wait for the...

  24. June 28, 2013

    Hive mentality

    They came in swarms to Westminster, some clad in traditional beekeeping suits and veils, others dressed as striped militant...

  25. June 18, 2013

    London menswear show: runway report 2

    If anyone is still sceptical about the need for a third menswear city, aka the year-old London men’s shows, I have two words...

  26. June 14, 2013

    London calling

    The new men’s catwalk season begins in London this weekend under the banner London Collections: Men (“LC:M”). It kicks off...

  27. June 2, 2013

    Online retailing: Assertive luxury groups act to make their mark on the virtual world

    From buying in franchises to reinforcing their stamp on their online presence, luxury groups are asserting control of their...

  28. Material World

    May 24, 2013

    Making sense of 'accessible' luxury

    Getty Images The other day I was talking to Geraldo da Conceicao, Sonia Rykiel’s new creative director, about his plans for...

  29. May 17, 2013

    Expat lives: France to the US

    There was an inevitability to Laurent Claquin’s 2011 move to New York City from France. With extensive careers in both...

  30. Material World

    April 29, 2013

    Moda Operandi's Met Ball click'n'pay red carpet

    Moda Operandi’s announcement this morning that it would be selling designer gowns seen on celebrities and society mavens...

  31. March 22, 2013

    Bold and beautiful menswear

    Eye-popping colour, graphic pattern and eclectic print – a description of Kaffe Fassett: A Life in Colour , the latest...

  32. March 15, 2013

    Licence to frill

    Lace is having its moment in the spotlight. It is a staple of the spring/summer collections now entering stores, and is...

  33. March 6, 2013

    Paris Fashion Week: runway report 7

    There’s something fitting (pun absolutely intended) about the fact the autumn/winter womenswear season ended just before...

  34. Material World

    February 25, 2013

    Tiffany, Neil Lane and Van Cleef milk Oscars red carpet

    Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Anne Hathaway. Getty Images Forget clothes; the red carpet is all about the jewellery now. In...

  35. Material World

    January 21, 2013

    The fracturing of the fashion show system

    Getty Images It’s couture week in Paris; but we’re a show down on the schedule: Givenchy, which under Riccardo Tisci has...

  36. January 18, 2013

    Arise and shimmer

    Must-see in 2013” lists are everywhere at the moment, and topping the blockbuster-expectation scale is the sequel to JJ...

  37. Material World

    January 16, 2013

    Trend spotting - IBM picks up on social sentiment

    IBM monitors electronic conversations to pick up on and predict trends. Getty Images IBM has gotten into the trend-spotting...

  38. January 15, 2013

    PPR to control Christopher Kane brand

    PPR, the French luxury and sports lifestyle group, has bought a 51 per cent stake in British fashion house Christopher Kane,...

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