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    1. July 27, 2014

      A head for Ferragamo footwear

      Palazzo Spini Feroni, the 13th-century headquarters of the Salvatore Ferragamo shoe dynasty, is a showstopper. Rich...

    2. December 6, 2013

      Hair ideas for party season

      It is a truth universally whispered among denizens of the beauty world that despite what we all see on the catwalks, unless...

    1. beyondbrics

      December 2, 2013

      The Chinese dream: lessons from a showhome

      Like its American counterpart, the Chinese dream remains a rather abstract idea. But that doesn’t stop the leadership in...

    2. September 6, 2013

      Department store wars: Attention seeking reaches ever greater heights

      London’s top department stores have increasingly taken to staging attention-grabbing events and experiences focused on...

    3. July 19, 2013

      On location: Roman Holiday

      The film It’s 60 years since Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck first climbed on the back of a Vespa for their feel-good tour...

    4. June 21, 2013

      The tyranny of virtue

      Sometimes all pleasures feel guilty but you just don’t care any more. You eschew things that promote health and wellbeing...

    5. March 22, 2013

      Stripes are back

      If it’s spring (or nearly spring), it must be time for stripes. Blame it on the urge to go to the beach as soon as the...

    6. March 20, 2013

      Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cort Theatre, New York – review

      In Richard Greenberg’s elegant Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly has morphed into Holly...

    7. Material World

      April 20, 2012

      Tumi's IPO appeal

      And so yet more proof lands in the in-box that people are still buying luxury – and this time I’m not talking about the...

    8. Material World

      April 3, 2012

      Time's 100 Fashion Icons list

      Time magazine has made its first foray into the world of best-dressed lists by releasing its own “All-Time 100 Fashion...

    9. January 27, 2012

      Iconoclastic Hamlet was ‘touched by genius’

      Being described in his twenties as “the greatest actor since Marlon Brando” and “touched by genius” probably did Nicol...

    10. January 20, 2012

      Costumes from century of film go on show

      More than 100 of Hollywood’s most memorable costumes are to be brought together for the first time by London’s Victoria and...

    11. Material World

      November 30, 2011

      The real worth of Amy Winehouse's dress

      The news that the dress the late Amy Winehouse wore on the cover of her album Back to Black just sold for an unexpected...

    12. October 7, 2011

      Looking black

      Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the film that probably did more than any other to immortalise the little black dress, turns 50 this...

    13. July 29, 2011

      The new upper middle

      And so we come to the great reveal: no, not a further uncovering of rogue reporting shenanigans, but rather the fashion...

    14. June 24, 2011

      Something in the way she speaks ...

      “Je suis très touchée …”, Christine Lagarde begins her speech. Then she breaks off, and grins at her largely American...

    15. June 15, 2011

      Ferragamo to step out on Milan exchange

      Home comfort: Ferragamo insists it never considered listing anywhere other than Milan Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian...

    16. May 13, 2011

      From Breton to Cannes

      Margaret Howell When it comes to Cannes, there are sartorial certainties as absolute as death and taxes: that leopard woman...

    17. April 1, 2011

      A Mozartian fairy tale

      Since films that are worth watching seem so elusive in cinemas – they are shown for a week in some obscure arthouse and then...

    18. January 28, 2011

      What I don’t want for my birthday

      Trying to think up a birthday treat for myself, my mind keeps drawing a blank. I can only dream of things I don’t want to...

    19. December 3, 2010

      Frock around the clock

      From left: designs by Matthew Williamson; Valentino; Jason Wu; Gucci; Stella McCartney In the early 1990s, my party dress...

    20. June 25, 2010

      Manon

      In writing Manon , Massenet penned the ultimate hymn to woman as eternal temptress. This all-encompassing role is a showcase...

    21. November 28, 2009

      Star quality

      If you’re one of the millions of women around the world who have always longed to achieve that indefinable Audrey Hepburn...

    22. October 10, 2009

      ‘It’s central, lively and not too chic’

      Willy Rizzo, 80, is a photographer and furniture designer. After covering the Nuremberg trials, he photographed Audrey...

    23. October 1, 2009

      Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

      Well, there’s no Audrey Hepburn, but there is Anna Friel, in an array of lovely outfits and at one point nothing at all....

    24. August 29, 2009

      The Hergé Museum celebrates Tintin

      The fabled pub game Famous Belgians – in which contestants labour to name famous Belgians – is, of course, childish. The...

    25. January 31, 2009

      TV films

      To enjoy Saturday's Troy (ITV1 9.50pm) - and it is possible to enjoy this neo-sword and sandals epic starring Brad Pitt as...

    26. November 15, 2008

      The ultimate wetsuit

      Recently in this newspaper, entrepreneur and columnist Luke Johnson, writing on the financial crisis, quoted Marcus...

    27. November 15, 2008

      A suit you can wash in the shower

      Recently in this newspaper, entrepreneur and columnist Luke Johnson, writing on the financial crisis, quoted Marcus...

    28. November 8, 2008

      TV films

      Anyone planning to watch Sunday's helping of Stephen Fry in America, where the host visits Monument Valley, should first...

    29. October 4, 2008

      TV films

      Having been forced to leave Kevin Costner's role in The Big Chill on the cutting room floor, director Lawrence Kasdan made...

    30. September 20, 2008

      Behind the scenes at the museums

      Some friends and I were sitting amid an improbably lush rooftop garden in London Terrace when the host said he had...

    31. September 20, 2008

      Behind the scenes at the museums

      Some friends and I were sitting amid an improbably lush rooftop garden in London Terrace when the host said he had...

    32. August 20, 2008

      Belle époque, British summer

      Widely regarded as the last of the great MGM musicals, Lerner and Loewe's Gigi won Best Picture at the Oscars 50 years ago....

    33. August 19, 2008

      Belle époque for UK summer

      Gigi Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London Widely regarded as the last of the great MGM musicals, Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi...

    34. June 21, 2008

      TV films

      In Saturday's Broken Flowers (BBC2 9.30pm), his most accessible effort to date, Jim Jarmusch finds his perfect leading...

    35. May 31, 2008

      TV films

      Despite sometimes awkward attempts at modernity in facing racial problems, amythic quality evokes the old west in The...

    36. April 19, 2008

      FILM - Karl French

      The Shawshank Redemption (Channel 4 Saturday 9.05pm), based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank...

    37. March 1, 2008

      Pampering Pleasure - Moving images

      There is a natural sense of mystery when you go the cinema - will the film live up to your expectations? But not knowing...

    38. January 25, 2008

      Post-war but haute couture

      Successful examples of actors turning to producing are rare, especially in opera. Jeanne Moreau and copine Josée Dayan...

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