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  1. Material World

    August 27, 2014

    Will LVMH buy a stake in Proenza Schouler? Three key takeaways

    The luxury M&A rumour mill has gone into overdrive yet again amid reports that LVMH is looking to acquire a minority stake...

  2. June 17, 2014

    London Collections: Men, report 2

    The second day of menswear in London has all been about branding, both how to define it, and how to exploit it. Indeed...

  1. May 16, 2014

    Digitalised flower prints

    “Flowers always sell,” declared designer Christopher Kane after his show in February. However, what makes today’s...

  2. February 21, 2014

    London autumn/winter 2014 womenswear trends

    London autumn/winter 2014 womenswear The middle way Blame the popular British period TV dramas Downton Abbey and Call the...

  3. February 19, 2014

    London Fashion Week: The new luxury comes with a fresh twist

    With catwalks dripping with fox fur, mother of pearl beading, laser cut velvet and glitter duchesse satin from a Swiss...

  4. February 18, 2014

    London Fashion Week: Runway report 4

    Do not be fooled by the artsy crafty, slightly homespun element to the Burberry show, with its bohemian carpet bags and...

  5. 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...

  6. Material World

    November 19, 2013

    Kering’s JV with Tomas Maier, and the growing power of the designer

    Getty Images In yet another sign that the balance of power between designers and the brands and groups that employ them may...

  7. Material World

    November 5, 2013

    The fashion world has a funding problem: reading the Ghesquière tea leaves

    Having now spent an entire evening mulling over Nicolas Ghesquière’s move to Louis Vuitton – OMG! Time to think! Such a...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. September 17, 2013

    London Fashion Week: Day 4

    For a clearer picture of the fourth day of shows at London Fashion Week let’s start at the end – or the evening, to be...

  12. September 15, 2013

    London Fashion Week: Day 2

    The most eagerly anticipated shows of the second day of London Fashion Week highlighted two very different approaches to...

  13. 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...

  14. Material World

    June 25, 2013

    Coach poaches Stuart Vevers from LVMH: what now?

    So yet another Brit has landed atop a fashion brand, adding fuel to the idea that London is having a moment not seen since...

  15. June 21, 2013

    London lets loose

    Menswear is a simple beast. Everyone says the shows are more relaxed than women’s, the people friendlier. Menswear is also...

  16. Material World

    June 11, 2013

    Emma Hill to Coach? And other designer questions

      Getty Image The resignation of creative director Emma Hill(that’s her, far left, with Maggie Gyllenhaal) from Mulberry...

  17. April 26, 2013

    The world’s most important fashion prizes

    The oldest resort town on the French Riviera, Hyères, might be best known as a holiday destination. But this week it also...

  18. Material World

    March 22, 2013

    Private Equity strikes again in Italy: Neo Capital buys Valextra

    Yet another small Italian family-run fashion firm has been snapped up by an outsider: Today NEO Capital, the London-based...

  19. February 20, 2013

    London Fashion Week hits PR jackpot

    George Osborne’s austerity cuts are only just beginning to bite and the UK economy may be on the brink of dropping in to an...

  20. February 19, 2013

    London Fashion Week: Day 4

    What happens when all your wishes come true? “I had to get it all out,” said Christopher Kane backstage after his first...

  21. Material World

    January 30, 2013

    How social media is changing fashion acquisitions

    The other day a man who is in the process of buying a famous fashion trademark, Mainbocher, with interesting plans for...

  22. January 18, 2013

    Carmakers’ promises cheer investors

    Optimism from the chief executives of Fiat and Renault overshadowed disappointing data revealing European car sales suffered...

  23. January 15, 2013

    Milan Menswear: day four

    Milan’s menswear this season has felt like a blip rather than a bang. It’s especially the case on the final day, with just...

  24. 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,...

  25. Material World

    January 15, 2013

    Christopher Kane stake purchase: PPR positions itself as the go-to group for new talent

    Getty Images It doesn’t rain but it pours! Following Swatch’s purchase of Harry Winston, PPR has announced it has bought 51...

  26. December 13, 2012

    PPR on watch for luxury ‘reinforcements’

    PPR is considering using cash generated by the sale of its retail assets for more luxury “reinforcements”, says chief...

  27. 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...

  28. Material World

    November 29, 2012

    Dissecting the PPR rumour mill

    Alexander Wang's spring/summer look. Getty Images Those PPR folks are making the gossip waters churn. Today, my colleague...

  29. October 5, 2012

    Entente casual?

    When the Paris shows ended this season, the exodus of British fashion press and buyers returning to London on the Eurostar...

  30. September 21, 2012

    A shining example

    Gleam me up Shine on you crazy designers. From big brand Burberry to newcomer Simone Rocha and everyone in between, gleaming...

  31. September 19, 2012

    London burnishes its reputation

    Following the Olympics and diamond jubilee, London Fashion Week could have felt like a protracted afterparty, delaying the...

  32. August 17, 2012

    It’s a flat world

    Manolo Blahnik recently returned from Moscow with news that would have been unthinkable even a year ago: Russian ladies –...

  33. July 27, 2012

    Game changers

    Sport is on everyone’s minds right now but the fashion industry has been ahead of the game when it comes to embracing...

  34. Material World

    April 24, 2012

    London menswear’s missed opportunity

    As if the Jubilee and the Olympics weren’t enough, this June London fashion will inaugurate its first ever dedicated men’s...

  35. April 6, 2012

    Sugar high

    What? Now that spring has sprung, only the most diehard black-clothing wearers will able to resist slipping into something...

  36. February 20, 2012

    London Fashion Week

    In the latest of her dispatches from the front row, the FT’s Carola Long reports from London Fashion Week. Brands and...

  37. February 3, 2012

    Lashes: time for a backlash?

    One of the most radical looks on the spring/summer catwalks did not have anything to do with clothes. From Clements Ribeiro...

  38. December 9, 2011

    The right chemistry

    Art and music are familiar fashion bedfellows but style’s latest crush – science – is a rather more unlikely romance. Yet...

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