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    1. September 24, 2014

      Milan: interview with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani

      On the closing evening of Milan Fashion Week, the great and the good of Italian fashion came to pay their respects to one of...

    2. July 11, 2014

      Paris couture autumn/winter 2014

      Paris couture shows autumn/winter 2014 There was a clear message from the couture shows in Paris this season: that despite a...

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    1. 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...

    2. June 13, 2014

      Boom or hype? The truth about menswear

      It’s a simple question: how important is menswear to the main fashion labels? It seems timely, too, since this weekend sees...

    3. May 11, 2014

      Traditional luxury markets benefit as China slows

      After five years of rapid growth driven by voracious Chinese demand, the luxury industry is experiencing a cold blast of...

    4. March 28, 2014

      The enduring appeal of Italian menswear

      I was there at the beginning, when Italian men’s fashion started its soft-shoe shuffle towards world domination. I had just...

    5. March 28, 2014

      Fornasetti and the Italian design houses seeking brand success

      Milan’s Triennale Design Museum had a sleeper hit this past winter. Twenty years in the planning, a stunning but little...

    6. Material World

      March 3, 2014

      The Oscars 2014: what brand won the night?

      By Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton Once upon a time it was all so easy: everything rode on who had the prettiest...

    7. Material World

      February 26, 2014

      Lunch with Dries Van Noten: out-takes

        Getty Images Because today, Wednesday, is Dries Van Noten’s show, the first biggie of Paris Fashion Week, and given the...

    8. February 24, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Fairy tale designs and a touch of magic

      It ended with a host of fairy tales, real and designed. After all, Italy is dreaming of a happy ending, hoping it has found...

    9. January 14, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 4

      On the final morning of the Milan men’s shows for autumn/winter 2014, you’d expect a pause to assess the season so far – one...

    10. January 14, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 3

      What is new in Milan menswear? The question seems apt as the shows near their conclusion. The answer: some stuff. Enough to...

    11. December 13, 2013

      Film loves the Wall Street rogue look

      “I want to dress like Bernard Madoff” is not a request that has warmed the ear of too many a tailor. However, it’s not as...

    12. 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...

    13. Material World

      October 15, 2013

      Burberry shake-up will change fashion industry

      Getty Images Told you I would come out of sabbatical for industry-shaking news. Well, Tuesday’s announcement that Burberry...

    14. September 23, 2013

      Milan Fashion Week: runway report 5

      So how did it conclude, the alternative Italian narrative that was Milan Fashion Week? Did it have a) a happy ending or b) a...

    15. September 22, 2013

      Tod’s stays conservative while Moschino looks to the past

      Not every collection is about sex, even if, as the cliché goes, sex sells. But when a designer chooses to largely avoid the...

    16. 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...

    17. Material World

      September 12, 2013

      The Chinese menswear takeover

      Ok, I know it’s the womenswear season and all eyes are on hemlines in New York (and soon London), but something is happening...

    18. September 6, 2013

      Statement spectacles: Glasses with the hallmarks of a luxury timepiece

      A growing consumer appetite for technologically advanced, expertly constructed eyewear – often out of the world’s most...

    19. August 23, 2013

      Fashion’s autumn ad campaigns

      It’s August, and this being fashion, that means September – September issues, that is, all hitting the coffee table with a...

    20. August 16, 2013

      On trend at the multiplex

      It’s August, which I know means as a responsible fashion editor I ought to be using this column vociferously to encourage...

    21. Material World

      August 5, 2013

      LVMH stealthily grows its hotel power

      And you thought their buying of Hermes stocks was sneaky. While everyone has been paying attention to THAT, LVMH has added...

    22. 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...

    23. July 5, 2013

      Couture vs culture

      It’s too bad EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht wasn’t at the couture shows last week. It would have given him lots of...

    24. June 25, 2013

      Milan menswear show: runway report 4

      The final day of the Milan spring/summer 2014 menswear shows traced an arc of extremes. On the one hand, there was Giorgio...

    25. Material World

      June 18, 2013

      Hunter boots up for the Next Great British Brand revival

      All eyes are on the London catwalks at the moment, but something interesting is happening behind the scenes at Hunter boots:...

    26. June 8, 2013

      François-Henry Bennahmias: Strategy designed to preserve reputation

      In another life, François-Henry Bennahmias might have been a golfer. As a youth, the 48-year-old Frenchman was an avid...

    27. May 21, 2013

      Armani growth continues as operating profit rises 20% to €339m

      Giorgio Armani said operating profit rose 20 per cent in 2012 as the Italian fashion retailer expanded its retail network...

    28. 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...

    29. April 26, 2013

      Pride keeps Italian luxury brands isolated

      A few years back, an experienced Italian dealmaker with a string of successes under his belt tried to get Giorgio Armani and...

    30. March 1, 2013

      The Lucy Kellaway Interview: Richard Gere

      Richard Gere is hovering in the corridor at Claridge’s outside the room where I’ve been waiting. I get up to say hello, but...

    31. February 25, 2013

      Milan Fashion Week: runway report 5

      The shows in Milan drew to a close amid panicked rumours of a blizzard that never came. Instead, slushy snow fell, puddling...

    32. February 24, 2013

      Marni-Armani forge old ideas in new light

      Between the maximalist and the minimalist poles in Italian womenswear there is, of course, a third approach: the centrists,...

    33. February 15, 2013

      New season, new scents

      While New York, London, Milan and Paris have been hosting (or are about to host) the autumn/winter 2013 womenswear shows,...

    34. January 30, 2013

      Luxottica posts record sales

      Luxottica recorded its highest ever earnings in 2012 as the world’s biggest premium eyewear manufacturer capitalised on...

    35. January 15, 2013

      Milan Menswear: day three

      Weirdly, in Milan on day three of the menswear shows, the biggest spectacle has been that taking place outside the venues....

    36. September 24, 2012

      Milan Fashion Week: day four

      It is a truism that, at its best, fashion’s job is to reflect reality: that’s what calling clothes “of the moment” is really...

    37. August 28, 2012

      L’Oréal says slowdown is skin-deep

      L’Oréal, the world’s biggest cosmetics group by sales, suffered a slowdown in growth in its important emerging markets and...

    38. August 24, 2012

      Spirit of the Italian dandy

      When luminaries of the film world prepare to hit the Italian coast for the Venice Film Festival this week, they will be...

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