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    1. October 31, 2014

      A little bit of vanity is good for you

      I celebrated a significant birthday last week by going through a checklist of all the things I have still failed to achieve...

    2. May 23, 2014

      August: Osage County – DVD review

      John Wells, 2013 Entertainment in Video It is seriously hot in Oklahoma in August – as we are continually reminded in this...

    1. Material World

      March 17, 2014

      L'Wren Scott, fashion designer, dead at 49

      L’Wren Scott, the celebrated American fashion designer, has been found dead in New York after committing suicide, police...

    2. 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...

    3. January 23, 2014

      August: Osage County – film review

      American family drama on stage is an instantly recognisable brand. Characters open cupboards and skeletons avalanche out. It...

    4. December 19, 2013

      Review: American Hustle

      Enterprising, eccentric director David O. Russell has put out noted flops (I Heart Huckabees) as well as some terrific work...

    5. Business Blog

      November 13, 2013

      Luxury boutiques adjust to stealth wealth

      Remember the scene in Pretty Woman when snooty assistants in a designer clothes shop refuse to serve Julia Roberts because...

    6. July 27, 2012

      The List: The wonderful world of fandom

      JK Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels run to 4,100 pages, the first of which, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,...

    7. March 30, 2012

      Small talk: Marina Lewycka

      Marina Lewycka was born to Ukrainian parents in a German refugee camp in 1946. They fled to England a year later, settling...

    8. March 23, 2012

      Culture corner: Wonder wear

      Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White tells the tale of Princess Snow (Lily Collins) and her wicked stepmother...

    9. December 9, 2011

      Culture corner: a fetish fairy tale for adults

      It is the time when, along with other festive traditions – chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sleigh bells ringing – even...

    10. August 1, 2011

      The public image: Weetabix’s ‘Big Day’

      Client: Weetabix Agency: BBH Territory: UK Verdict: 4/5 A new £7m campaign for Weetabix, one of Britain’s biggest breakfast...

    11. May 21, 2011

      Labelux is frontrunner to acquire Jimmy Choo

      The Jimmy Choo logo on the window of a retail store in Hong Kong Labelux, the private luxury group that owns Bally, has...

    12. April 9, 2011

      Jimmy Choo sale takes step forward

      The £400m-£500m sale of luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo took a step forward on Friday, with the original shortlist of 10...

    13. August 21, 2010

      The issue with September

      I blame The September Issue – the documentary by RJ Cutler released last year about the making of the September American...

    14. August 14, 2010

      Eat, pray, love – and shop

      On August 13, the film that is supposed to be the female answer to Dinner For Schmucks, Prince of Persia and all those other...

    15. March 31, 2010

      Bloomsbury feels effect of Potter dearth

      Double-digit falls in revenue and profits highlighted the waning of the Harry Potter effect for Blooms-bury, but the...

    16. March 31, 2010

      Bloomsbury feels effect of Potter dearth

      Double-digit falls in revenue and profits highlighted the waning of the Harry Potter effect for Bloomsbury, but the...

    17. FT Alphaville

      July 24, 2009

      Short-selling villain casting call

      Because only one thing could upstage the moral terpitude of corporate-raider Gordon Gekko — the pure depravity of an evil...

    18. July 6, 2009

      Fleet-footed bankers run rings round the politicians

      At the latest count, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has spent about €200m ($279m) buying up some of the world’s top...

    19. April 14, 2009

      Swansea reprise

      Welsh tourist authorities may have mixed feelings about news that a sequel to the cult 1997 black comedy film Twin Town is...

    20. March 23, 2009

      Lyle Lovett, Royal Festival Hall, London

      It’s hard to hear Lyle Lovett’s songs of footloose cowboys and broken relationships without recalling the poker-faced...

    21. March 21, 2009

      Films on release - Nigel Andrews

      Il Divo Paolo Sorrentino 110 mins (15) ** Watching Paolo Sorrentino's praised-by-some political satire is like being spat...

    22. March 19, 2009

      Recruiters are no longer working on easy street

      What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, just before I started writing this column, I attended a round-table...

    23. November 15, 2008

      TV films

      The last and blackest of the rightly revered Ealing comedies, The Ladykillers (ITV1 Saturday 2.10pm) is a riot of cartoonish...

    24. September 13, 2008

      Oil over bubbled waters

      Memorable bathing scenes on film. Take One: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman , singing off-key to Prince's "Kiss" before...

    25. August 23, 2008

      The British: cool, ironic and painfully honest

      Is it reasonable to expect art, even in today's puzzling and multifarious cultural landscape, to say something profound and...

    26. August 22, 2008

      The British: cool, ironic and painfully honest

      Is it reasonable to expect art, even in today’s puzzling and multifarious cultural landscape, to say something profound and...

    27. June 21, 2008

      Midsummer day's dream

      T he summer events calendar and style quandaries seem to go together like strawberries and Wimbledon. What to wear to...

    28. June 21, 2008

      Midsummer’s day dream

      The summer events calendar and style quandaries seem to go together like strawberries and Wimbledon. What to wear to...

    29. June 8, 2008

      Chelsea reaches for stars in Hollywood agency deal

      Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack could soon be rubbing shoulders with George Clooney and Tom Cruise after the...

    30. May 31, 2008

      Odds & bods: Winning Smiles

      If you're going to smile, make it a Duchenne. The Duchenne smile, named after Guillaume Duchenne, the 19th-century French...

    31. January 26, 2008

      FILM - Karl French

      Hannah and Her Sisters (BBC2 11.35pm) just may be Woody Allen's most satisfying film, a hymn to the joys of New York and a...

    32. January 12, 2008

      FILMS ON RELEASE

      Charlie Wilson's War Mike Nichols 97 mins (15) ** Hooray for Hollywood's sudden interest in things political. (Must be an...

    33. January 10, 2008

      Observer: Less than golden

      The Golden Globes has always been the more casual - and boozier - sister of the Oscars. This year, however, the awards show...

    34. January 9, 2008

      Life v choice in a hostile world

      Pro-choice or pro-life? Unlike the abortion debate, good art and good cinema offer both. They create a living reality, then...

    35. November 10, 2007

      FILM - Karl French

      A bumper weekend for uncomfortable romances starts today with Adam's Rib (BBC2 12.45pm), George Cukor's smart, acerbic...

    36. October 18, 2007

      Pygmalion, American Airlines Theatre, New York

      Just after it was announced that Claire Danes was going to be Eliza in the Roundabout’s revival of Shaw’s Pygmalion, I read...

    37. September 15, 2007

      Valerie Martin

      Valerie Martin, 59, was born in Missouri and brought up in New Orleans. She studied writing at the University of...

    38. September 15, 2007

      Small Talk: Valerie Martin

      Valerie Martin, 59, was born in Missouri and brought up in New Orleans. She studied writing at the University of...

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