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  1. Material World

    February 14, 2014

    Bill de Blasio's unfulfilled promise at NY Fashion Week

    Getty Images Much joy, rapture and relief greeted new mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement to the fashion world at the end of...

  2. February 10, 2014

    New York: Runway report 3

    Pity the poor New York fashion designer. They have to compete against not just each other for attention this week, but...

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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. Material World

    January 30, 2014

    The most creative business people in fashion: guess who!

    Getty Images Oh, yay! Another list! The Fast Company 1000 is out, a list of the 1,000 “most creative people in business”,...

  2. January 10, 2014

    Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress turns 40

    The wrap dress turns 40 Michael Wilkinson, costume designer for the film ‘American Hustle’ I was gathering research images...

  3. September 27, 2013

    In conversation: when fashion meets design

    How architecture inspires fashion Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta meets architect Toshiko Mori Design, set, match Fashion...

  4. September 22, 2013

    Do we hug? Kiss? Shake hands? Bow? We need to be told

    Last week I was in Singapore giving a talk organised by a German bank to an audience of mainly Asian women. Though I was...

  5. Material World

    September 13, 2013

    Race on the Runway: a report card

    Getty Images Given the diversity debate that raged during New York Fashion Week – and which is making its way over the ocean...

  6. September 9, 2013

    New York Fashion Week: runway report 2

    This season, it seems like there are exponentially more street style snappers camped outside the shows and Lincoln Center...

  7. July 19, 2013

    Battle dress: an interview with Christiane Amanpour

    Christiane Amanpour is the chief international correspondent for CNN, host of an eponymous interview programme, and is also...

  8. July 19, 2013

    Sun Valley: the ultimate dress-down showcase

    It’s been almost a week but I am still processing the succession of outfits that appeared on the great and good at the...

  9. June 28, 2013

    Billion dollar babies

    Now that the countdown has begun to the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date, the end of fashion bump-watch is nigh. But...

  10. June 14, 2013

    The latest from resort 2014 ... and after the rain

    Just as pre-fall appears in stores, pre-spring (aka resort) appears on runways. But how to make sense of a season that spans...

  11. Material World

    June 7, 2013

    John Galliano's most shocking revelation

    John Galliano’s First Big Interview since his fall (OMG! OMG!) for alleged anti-Semitic remarks uttered while under the...

  12. May 31, 2013

    Sea change for swimwear

    Fashion has spent the past few seasons in love with surf culture, borrowing wetsuit neoprene for everything from cocktail...

  13. 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...

  14. April 25, 2013

    Tel Aviv designers: Israeli melting pot has forged international style

    Against a backdrop of high gold prices, a host of fashion jewellery designers in Tel Aviv – a city arguably better known for...

  15. Material World

    April 22, 2013

    Galliano at Parsons: school explains, students respond

    The official Parson’s statement about the rationale behind hiring John Galliano to teach a masterclass, scheduled for...

  16. March 6, 2013

    Shangpin taps China’s fashion eshoppers

    From the streets of London and Paris to the flagships of Fifth Avenue and the futuristic malls of Hong Kong and Shanghai,...

  17. Material World

    November 12, 2012

    Wardrobe-recycling trend picks up royal steam

    Getty images This is shaping up to be a trend. Yesterday the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Diane Von Furstenberg coat – double...

  18. October 4, 2012

    I have seen the future and it’s worn

    Scottevest Fleece 7.0Rating: 4/5 Last month Google Glass, the internet-connected headwear being developed by Google, made an...

  19. Material World

    September 10, 2012

    Tale of princess inspires NY Fashion

    Today’s fashion consumer welcomes global design references, says Diane von Furstenberg. The fashion designer talks at New...

  20. September 10, 2012

    New York Fashion Week: the first three days

    There was a certain ironic symmetry to the fact New York Fashion Week began just after the Democratic convention ended last...

  21. Material World

    September 10, 2012

    Google Glass and DVF in a NY Fashion Week Moment

    My favourite fashion week moment so far, three days into the start of the New York collections, has to be Diane von...

  22. Material World

    August 3, 2012

    Obama vs Romney: fashion's choice

    Allow me to toot our own horn here for a moment, and note there’s a very interesting piece today in the FT  by my colleague...

  23. April 27, 2012

    The view from the top

    Diane von Furstenberg – designer, women’s rights activist, icon – has a life that lends itself to metaphor. This she knows....

  24. March 30, 2012

    ‘I am having a flashback!’

    Diane von Furstenberg, 65, invented the wrap dress in 1974 at the age of 27; in 1983 she sold her company, later moving to...

  25. February 13, 2012

    New York Fashion Week

    In the first of their daily reports from the front row, the FT’s Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton report from the...

  26. January 6, 2012

    Notes of extravagance

    “Are the flowers real?” I ask, my senses assaulted by banks of what seems like hundreds of peonies and irises, sticks of...

  27. Material World

    December 19, 2011

    Bernard Arnault to the rescue?

    Here is a Christmas wish, courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg, who issued it during a conversation with me on Friday: Bernard...

  28. Material World

    October 11, 2011

    Is fashion global or local?

    It may have been sunny outside in New York and parts of Europe for the past week, but behind the fashion scenes it was...

  29. September 26, 2011

    Chelsea Clinton joins the board of IAC

    Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former US president, has joined the board of IAC, the digital media conglomerate, according...

  30. September 9, 2011

    Chic to sheet

    Homeware collections change with the seasons, colour trends are transported from catwalks on to cushions and fashion-branded...

  31. September 9, 2011

    Join the dots

    What? Move over stripes, there’s another pattern in town. The favoured motif of Minnie Mouse, Pierrot clowns, Ginger Rogers...

  32. Material World

    September 6, 2011

    Talking points for the fashion season

    Summer is over and it’s back to school! Which, in New York at least, always happens to coincide with back to fashion week!...

  33. July 29, 2011

    Sea monsters

    The other Kate’s wedding this summer was – of course – Moss’s. And without such intense media scrutiny as her namesake or...

  34. July 15, 2011

    Flying colours

    From boxy blazers to synthetic shirts that emit more static crackle than an airport tannoy, many of the air stewardesses...

  35. July 1, 2011

    Power dressing: Lucy Walker

    Lucy Walker is an Academy Award-nominated British-born film documentary director based in London, New York and LA. Her...

  36. Material World

    June 24, 2011

    Sneak peek at Kate Middleton's US wardrobe

    The Duchess of Cambridge -- Getty Images Wardrobe diplomacy, aka the practice of a national leader (or leading...

  37. June 23, 2011

    Emerging markets: luxury goes local

    It’s all about the label: a model at the Diane von Furstenberg spring 2011 fashion show in New York (right) and a Deola...

  38. April 29, 2011

    Kitbag: laptop and tablet cases

    Nancy Gonzalez A glossy crocodile laptop case lined in grey suede; matching iPhone case is available. £1,730,...

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