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    1. December 23, 2014

      Food the new frontier for Italian luxury

      Christmas panettone crowd the copper counters of Pasticceria Marchesi, the 200-year-old Milanese coffee and cake house...

    2. September 29, 2014

      Italy targets Prada chiefs in tax probe

      Italian authorities are investigating the personal finances of Prada’s co-chief executives, in the latest phase of a...

    1. September 24, 2014

      Milan: interview with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani

      On the closing evening of Milan Fashion Week, the great and the good of Italian fashion came to pay their respects to one of...

    2. September 19, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Day 3

      Miuccia Prada built her spring/summer 2015 show from the ground up. A collection of heavy black coats with burnt orange...

    3. September 19, 2014

      Prada shares fall out of fashion as consumer fears hit profits

      Luxury goods group Prada’s net profit fell 20 per cent in the first half of this year as the once fashion darling of the...

    4. June 23, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear report 2

      What is normal in menswear? It is a question that Miuccia Prada brought sharply into focus with her stellar Spring/Summer...

    5. Material World

      April 3, 2014

      Prada to eat cake on way to new profits

      Getty Images Back from Prada’s investor day, analysts are musing over the future of the multibillion-euro Italian brand. To...

    6. Material World

      March 4, 2014

      The J Crew/Fast Retailing rumours: cherchez l’amitié

      Getty Images It’s interesting, in all the breathless reports about Fast Retailing’s maybe-possibly-hope-so acquisition of J...

    7. February 21, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: The leap from catwalk to the street

      Kiev was burning and in Milan, Jeremy Scott made his debut at Moschino with a series of bad jokes. This is not the non...

    8. 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”,...

    9. January 17, 2014

      Feminism is back in fashion

      The overriding trend that’s shaping fashion for the coming season, the one thing that no one will be able to avoid, is not a...

    10. January 13, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 2

      Miuccia Prada is often expected to pose questions with her shows; questions that are complex, elusive and have no immediate...

    11. January 12, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 1

      Heritage is a popular word in menswear, usually applied to those brands currently dressing young men as if they spent their...

    12. Material World

      December 3, 2013

      The fashion billionaires list

      Getty Images It just keeps growing! As Forbes pointed out, the Versace stake currently for sale is being discussed as a...

    13. 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...

    14. Material World

      October 24, 2013

      After fashion, films, museums and art Prada takes on the printed word

      Miuccia Prada has always positioned her stylistic vision firmly at a crossroads where fashion both intersects – and...

    15. October 18, 2013

      Designers embrace Steiff bear’s faux fur

      For shoppers seeking comfort in the winter, what could be cosier than wrapping up in the stuff of the original teddy bear?...

    16. September 20, 2013

      Prada plays with feminine stereotypes on the runway at Milan

      “I wanted to be nasty. I’m fed up with everything.” So said Miuccia Prada after her emphatic spring/summer show, which...

    17. 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...

    18. September 6, 2013

      Italian industry: A trial of style over substance rests on what people will buy

      On a recent morning in the Prada store in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a sales assistant was explaining the...

    19. June 24, 2013

      Milan menswear show: runway report 2

      In a season where the lack of business tailoring is becoming something of an issue, trust Miuccia Prada to take the opposite...

    20. June 2, 2013

      Listings: Stock markets compete with buyouts

      When Milanese jeweller Pomellato wanted to raise funds to expand into Asia, its first choice was a listing on the Milan...

    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. February 22, 2013

      Milan Fashion Week: runway report 3

      “Of course I thought about it,” said Miuccia Prada backstage after her show. “How could you not? But then I thought: there’s...

    24. January 18, 2013

      Is Milan on the money?

      Milan’s autumn/winter 2013 menswear shows drew to a close last Wednesday, but what continues to resonate? Houndstooth....

    25. January 14, 2013

      Milan Menswear: day two

      Reality is a word not that often heard at Prada. But the menswear show that Miuccia Prada sent out in Milan on Sunday night...

    26. September 21, 2012

      Milan Fashion Week: day two

      Italy has stagnation on the mind – and not just because of the economy. The fashion industry, long dominated by the same...

    27. June 29, 2012

      Creative heights

      Surrealism may be in the air, thanks to the revival of the house of Schiaparelli, which opens its historic doors on Place...

    28. Material World

      May 7, 2012

      Amazon embraces highest-end fashion

      Tonight Jeff Bezos, a man generally pictured in jeans, jackets and no tie, will stand at the top of the grand staircase of...

    29. March 30, 2012

      Overseas sales boost Italian luxury groups

      A weak outlook for Italy’s economy has done nothing to damp the prospects of its pioneering luxury goods industry, where...

    30. March 29, 2012

      Prada: when more may be less

      The Pope wears Prada, or so it is rumoured (the Vatican has denied it). So do a growing cohort of Asians. Because of that...

    31. March 29, 2012

      Prada to add 160 stores to retail empire

      Prada, the Italian luxury goods group, said it plans to ramp up expansion of its retail stores over the next two years as it...

    32. March 9, 2012

      Talk of the gown

      Fashion exhibitions aim to become conversation points but for two major new shows the idea of conversation itself provides...

    33. January 13, 2012

      All in a day’s work

      Blink and you’ll miss it, so to speak. Even for a culture that is addicted to the fizzy thrills of the pop-up and the flash...

    34. October 28, 2011

      When personnel get personal

      Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, and Patrizio di Marco, the chief executive, are in the ornate restaurant of...

    35. Material World

      October 12, 2011

      Amazon spends lots of money on fashion

      The next big spring costume exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the one that has the difficult job of following...

    36. September 30, 2011

      Bright young things

      All that Jazz Age Glancing back to more hedonistic times, 1920s influences were all over the Milan catwalks via low waists,...

    37. September 19, 2011

      Prada profits jump on Asian sales

      Prada, the Milanese luxury goods group which listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in June, reported a big jump in profits...

    38. Material World

      August 5, 2011

      A question of youth: why magazines use teen models

      Hoo-ha in the US yesterday not just about plunging stocks, but plunging model ages as Good Morning America discovered that...

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