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  1. February 17, 2014

    London Fashion Week: Runway report 3

    With the Baftas happening across town from Sunday night’s shows, it was a reminder of how important evening wear can be for...

  2. September 16, 2013

    London Fashion Week: Day 3

    A fashion show ticket can be an invitation into a designer’s private world – with all the cosy, and sometimes slightly...

  1. 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...

  2. February 2, 2012

    Alberta Ferretti to offer collection at Macy’s

    Macy’s, the US department store chain, has announced that Alberta Ferretti will be the latest contributor to its highly...

  3. January 6, 2012

    Parallel lines

    When Dolce & Gabbana announced in September that its spring/summer 2012 collection for D&G would be its last, it seemed like...

  4. Material World

    October 10, 2011

    Stella McCartney's wedding dress smarts

    Image by Getty. Image by Getty. Ah, the difference a dress makes — at least when it comes to a designer’s family politics....

  5. June 6, 2011

    Middle market: Second-tier brands tap into straitened times

    People in the west changed the way they shop in the financial crisis. For some, it was an emergency response to sudden...

  6. March 3, 2011

    On the William and Kate tourist trail

    Prince William and Kate Middleton memorabilia in a shop window In Mayfair’s Bruton street, London’s hedge fund and private...

  7. February 28, 2011

    Rock star who reinvigorated Dior

    Is Christian Dior greater than John Galliano? Undoubtedly – it is one of the pre-eminent French heritage brands, and the...

  8. Material World

    December 10, 2010

    Matthew Williamson and the royal wedding dress odds

    Kate Middleton and Prince William Just in time for the Kate Middleton/Prince William royal nuptials, Matthew Williamson has...

  9. Material World

    September 27, 2010

    Matthew Williamson creates bags for Bulgari

    Matthew Williamson bag for Bulgari One of the more surprising collaborations of the season was unveiled last night in the...

  10. April 10, 2010

    A fashion duo dresses up a wine label

    Basso & Brooke’s 2010 spring/summer collection Napa Valley, the seat of California’s wine industry, is not exactly a...

  11. December 23, 2009

    Hotels develop their own designer boutiques

    Luxury resorts are fast becoming one of the best places to satisfy an interest in exclusive retail since a clutch of...

  12. December 19, 2009

    How to sparkle in the party season

    Balmain, Valentino, Alexander Wang, Julien Macdonald What? Sparkle, spangle and shine. From hard-edged bling to Studio 54...

  13. 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...

  14. December 12, 2009

    Why gift concierges are thriving

    H appy Holidays honey, here is this wonderful personalised gift that I spent hours scouring international territories for in...

  15. September 25, 2009

    Trends at London fashion week

    From left: Peter Pilotto, Mulberry, Betty Jackson, Nicole Farhi Painterly All designers consider themselves to be talented...

  16. September 25, 2009

    Cutting edge turns commercial

    It could have been Paris, Milan or Hollywood. Film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler and Freida Pinto took to the front row...

  17. September 25, 2009

    Cutting edge turns commercial

    It could have been Paris, Milan or Hollywood. Film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler and Freida Pinto took to the front row...

  18. September 9, 2009

    Debenhams signs up hot designer

    Debenhams is poised to add Henry Holland, one of the hottest names in fashion, to the roster of top designers producing...

  19. September 8, 2009

    Debenhams signs up hot designer

    Debenhams is poised to add Henry Holland, one of the hottest names in fashion, to the roster of top designers producing...

  20. August 15, 2009

    Fashion’s latest super-sartorial solution

    From left: Missoni, Gucci, Pucci, Marni, Just Cavalli What? Say hello to fashion’s latest super-sartorial solution, the...

  21. April 11, 2009

    Special is as special does

    A s President Obama flew to London for the G20 summit, Sir Philip Green was en route to New York to open the first US branch...

  22. February 14, 2009

    'People need a reason to shop now'

    November 6 Took an evening flight to New York; I'm opening my first flagship store there during the February collections...

  23. February 14, 2009

    Run-up to Matthew Williamson’s first NY store

    November 6 Took an evening flight to New York; I’m opening my first flagship store there during the February collections...

  24. November 22, 2008

    'Chiconomics'

    "We are happy that, this year, business is good." This is not the sentence one expects from a retail executive these days,...

  25. September 15, 2008

    Short-changed on true innovation

    Interestingly, at a time of change - or a time when change is talked about a great deal, and lauded, and held up as the...

  26. September 14, 2008

    Short-changed on true innovation

    Interestingly, at a time of change – or a time when change is talked about a great deal, and lauded, and held up as the...

  27. August 16, 2008

    A blend of new and old

    In May, when the population of wild sea bass went into rapid decline, British fishermen were quick to suggest a variety of...

  28. May 31, 2008

    The great cover-up

    Ihate to shop for swimwear. Trawling stores for the tiniest piece of outerwear in order to expose parts of the body that...

  29. May 3, 2008

    A rose-tinted view

    When the world economic forecast is not particularly sunny, what better way to brighten your outlook than with a pair of...

  30. February 23, 2008

    Flared, floppy and fashionable

    Saffron Burrows is an actress who takes her work seriously. Not for her a simple slipping on of a costume. When she was...

  31. December 15, 2007

    Needles to know at the Victoria and Albert Museum

    Where big public Christmas trees are concerned, Britain caters for every taste. There is the simple Norwegian tree in...

  32. October 1, 2007

    A sixth sense for luxury and retail

    Every industry has its string-pullers, its shadowy figures, and influencers. They are just not always 32 years old, 5ft...

  33. September 24, 2007

    Feminine, rebellious and very grown up

    The birthday celebrations seemed to come thick and fast this London Fashion Week. There was Matthew Williamson celebrating...

  34. July 14, 2007

    Coutts responds to rise of affluent women

    Bright pink vinyl flowers in the window of Coutts & Co, the private bank of the British establishment? Sarah Deaves,...

  35. July 13, 2007

    Coutts responds to rise of affluent women

    Bright pink vinyl flowers in the window of Coutts & Co, the private bank of the British establishment? Sarah Deaves, Coutts’...

  36. February 28, 2007

    When the bottom line matters

    Just what do we expect from clothes? Are they tools of attraction? Statement makers? A means of concealment – physical as...

  37. February 12, 2007

    Senior brands aim at specific targets

    Not everyone in New York is competing to define American fashion's future. Some are perfectly content to hone the role they...

  38. December 9, 2006

    Join the gold rush

    Talk about going for gold. It is everywhere from New York to London, Paris to Milan; from Vogue to Marie Claire. Take, for...

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