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    1. September 5, 2014

      Exploring Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment

      Gabrielle Chanel’s life has been explored in books, films and catwalk references but the fashion house she started has now...

    2. February 19, 2014

      Platée, Theater an der Wien, Vienna – review

      Rameau’s swamp goddess is the Miss Piggy of the baroque. The ultimate fashion victim, she is unshakeably convinced of her...

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    1. Watches & Jewellery April 2013

      The principal reason for the industry’s uncertainty is the clampdown on the giving of ...
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    1. December 20, 2013

      Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Dallas, Texas

      Picture this: 900 Texas socialites mixing with British It girls and glamazon models. Throw in some old convertibles, a...

    2. October 25, 2013

      How demand is rising among wealthy buyers for ‘hotel-serviced living’

      She may have survived on just four hours’ sleep a night when she was in office, but Margaret Thatcher chose a suite at the...

    3. October 18, 2013

      Chain bags are big this season

      I know women. Give them chains. Women adore chains,” said Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel, of the 2.55 bag, featuring a...

    4. September 6, 2013

      Crossover: Fashion labels seek wider appeal in the cause of brand extension

      Coco Chanel once declared that fashion was “not something that exists in dresses only”; it also had to do “with ideas, with...

    5. 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...

    6. June 8, 2013

      Pearls: Heritage and rarity endow star status

      David Warren, international director of jewellery at Christie’s, has been urging his clients to buy natural pearls for...

    7. May 31, 2013

      The message of a bottle

      This week marks the last few days of the No 5 Culture Chanel exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, a show devoted to a...

    8. April 25, 2013

      Vanity cases: Encrusted bags evoke an age of elegance

      London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall is set to exhibit a collection of more than 300 bejewelled make-up cases and evening bags dating...

    9. 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...

    10. November 23, 2012

      ‘The cardigan works with everything’

      After Michelle Obama sported a black cardigan atop her Michael Kors frock on election night, Alexandra Shulman, British...

    11. Material World

      December 23, 2011

      Holiday cheer

      This is my last post of the year. Though I have been hanging on in terror that some perverse power play on the part of Dior...

    12. December 9, 2011

      Reclaim your identity

      It might be a cliché to call necessity the mother of invention, but when it comes to fashion it describes a powerful truth....

    13. October 29, 2011

      The fascinating Chanel had it all

      From Ms Helena Frith Powell. Sir, Vanessa Friedman (Life & Arts, October 22) wonders why we are all so obsessed with Coco...

    14. October 21, 2011

      Why are we so cuckoo about Coco?

      I am sitting at my desk, looking at a pile of three new books. So far, so normal. But consider the titles of the books:...

    15. MBA blog

      October 18, 2011

      C’est fait!

      I cannot believe but a year has gone by just like that. The day of graduation came and I was still not able to imagine that...

    16. October 15, 2011

      Steve Jobs: fashion inspiration

      I arrived home from the Paris fashion shows last week to hear the news that Steve Jobs had died. Strangely, in all the...

    17. October 4, 2011

      More collectable than the crown jewels

      Forget the It bag; the latest brand extension to entice luxury groups with its profit potential is costume jewellery. From...

    18. September 16, 2011

      Sleeping With The Enemy

      It takes a spy to catch a spy. At the age of 82, Hal Vaughan, a former newsman and CIA operative, has finally done what the...

    19. July 29, 2011

      Fashion’s latest blockbuster

      I admit it: I love a summer blockbuster. I can appreciate the allure of Eric Rohmer-school art-house talkies but, if I’m...

    20. 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...

    21. Material World

      February 14, 2011

      Designers enjoying their own work

      Ever since Coco Chanel it’s been a truism of female designers that they create for themselves: that their collections are...

    22. February 11, 2011

      The winter stress test

      Just when the British weather warms, frosts and cold greyness return to hold us all up again. How are winter flowers...

    23. September 24, 2010

      Vogue’s earliest celebrity models

      When Coco Chanel ran a critical eye over her atelier one morning and declared, “These models look like housemaids on a day...

    24. MBA blog

      August 9, 2010

      And back to school again...

      This Friday was my last day on the job. I can honestly tell you that the feeling was a little bit strange given that...

    25. June 19, 2010

      Glorious inspiration

      The Venice Lido has seen its fortunes change with an investment of around €700m by real estate fund manager EstCapital SGR...

    26. June 14, 2010

      US M&A: Luxury groups adapt to the post-recession world

      Coco Chanel once commented of her business: “some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the...

    27. February 13, 2010

      A designer takes her clothes on tour

      Lyn Devon presents her designs in a New York studio New York-based Lyn Devon is, in many ways, as classically pedigreed as...

    28. January 5, 2010

      Christmas quiz: the answers

      Thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas challenge, published in the special December 24 edition of Life & Arts. And...

    29. December 18, 2009

      Christmas gift guide: Last-minute

      Hermes for Liberty scarf More than the sum of its brands, prices start at £80 www.liberty.co.uk Paloma Picasso for Tiffany...

    30. November 13, 2009

      Designers transform the puffa

      Autumn/winter puffa jackets by, from left, Giles Deacon, Iceberg, F by Fay and Junya Watanabe As winter looms, complete...

    31. October 2, 2009

      Business Questions: Do we need a rebrand?

      My partner and I have been designing and making luxury leather goods for a few years now. However, we are ready to bring the...

    32. August 29, 2009

      Handel in Chinese

      Rehearsals for ‘Semele’ at Royal Opera House La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium Long before Wagner coined the term, opera...

    33. June 23, 2008

      Guide - Arts around the world

      Madrid Edward Steichen Edward Steichen is one of the greats of 20th century American photography. His early work was in the...

    34. June 22, 2008

      Arts around the world

      MadridEdward Steichen Edward Steichen is one of the greats of 20th century American photography. His early work was in the...

    35. December 1, 2007

      Fear in the margins

      Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism By John UpdikeHamish Hamilton £30, 736 pages FT bookshop price: £24 At an age “when...

    36. November 3, 2007

      Pulling in the glitz

      “How much do houses cost down memory lane?” A quarter of a century ago, I spent a summer scrubbing and debearding mussels in...

    37. October 27, 2007

      How to Judge a Book by its Cover

      Les Enfants Terribles Jean Cocteau Le Livre de Poche, Paris 1971 The moment a publisher dreads: an author, who dabbles in...

    38. October 27, 2007

      Les Enfants Terribles

      Les Enfants Terribles By Jean Cocteau Le Livre de Poche, Paris 1971 The moment a publisher dreads: an author, who dabbles in...

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