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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  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. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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:...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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,...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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....

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. July 20, 2012

    Winning looks

     Great Britain: Stella McCartney and Adidas Imagine the pressure of designing the host nation’s Olympic kit, and the shame...

  33. Material World

    July 19, 2012

    Who knew about Hermès?

    Not only did Hermès report notably good Q2 revenues today – sales growth was 21.9%, certainly more positive than the gloom...

  34. Material World

    May 30, 2012

    What is a "luxury lifestyle" brand?

    Does anyone else feel like suddenly everywhere they turn, another erstwhile satisfied luxury brand is re-christening...

  35. April 2, 2012

    Turkish boom belies slower growth

    To see the riches that Turkey’s economic boom has brought, clamber up to the top of a building site in Macka, one of the...

  36. Material World

    March 19, 2012

    The new iPad's unexpected effect on luxury

    When the new  iPad went on-sale at midnight last Friday night it provoked the usual frenzy — miles of lines, ecstatic buyers...

  37. March 9, 2012

    Culture corner: The desert life aquatic

    The new British film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen brings aquatic attire to the big screen. While fishing and fashion might...

  38. February 25, 2012

    Retailers welcome luxury goods tourists

    Walking into the Ermenegildo Zegna store in Milan is a multicultural experience. Shop assistants are speaking Chinese and...

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