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  1. June 5, 2014

    Grace of Monaco – film review

    There are three parts, though not spelled out, in Grace of Monaco. Part one: Grace Under Pressure. Part two: Grace...

  2. April 22, 2014

    Cannes Film Festival 2014 – preview

    The impossibly suave Marcello Mastroianni peering roguishly over his Prada sunglasses is the image that will greet visitors...

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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. January 9, 2014

    Film review – The Railway Man

    Cruelty, endurance, survival, making peace with the past. The Railway Man assembles many of the same ingredients as 12 Years...

  2. Material World

    August 30, 2013

    Annie Leibovitz and M&S: money well spent or the emperor's new clothes?

    Much hoo-ha this week about Marks & Spencer’s announcement they hired photographer Annie Leibovitz for their autumn/winter...

  3. August 16, 2013

    In awe of Oz

    While Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts and other Aussie A-listers have long topped best-dressed lists, it’s now...

  4. May 10, 2013

    The pavement as catwalk

    The flashbulbs may be popping in the south of France but it’s not all about the red carpet. What Carey Mulligan (in town for...

  5. April 25, 2013

    Female ambassadors: Compelling message of a true fan works wonders for brands

    Given a chance to question Nicole Kidman about her long-term “ambassadorship” for Omega watches this correspondent refrained...

  6. July 8, 2012

    Qatari royal family in talks for Valentino brand

    The Qatari royal family is in advanced talks with private equity firm Permira over the sale of Valentino, the Italian luxury...

  7. June 23, 2012

    Fact and fantasy in the newsroom

    In one of those cosmic coincidences of timing, just as the Leveson inquiry in the UK paints journalists in the worst...

  8. May 28, 2012

    Haneke’s genius gains its reward

    “Love will set you free.” It sounds more convincing in Cannes, where the Palme d’Or victory for Michael Haneke’s deserving...

  9. May 11, 2012

    Hollywood’s cutting edge

    Movie moguls are not the only ones focused on Cannes, the world’s most glamorous film festival. Hair stylists are turning to...

  10. Material World

    May 10, 2012

    Chanel scents a change in strategic direction

    Brad Pitt, the first male face of Chanel. Getty Images After Nicole Kidman, after Audrey Tatou, after Carol Bouquet,...

  11. November 11, 2011

    The Family Fang

    Performance artists Camille and Caleb Fang are darlings of the 1980s avant-garde scene, staging bizarre interventions in...

  12. November 4, 2011

    Are they not fragrant?

    When Justin Bieber’s Someday, the first fragrance from the teenage singing star, was released this autumn it broke all...

  13. July 22, 2011

    On the campaign trail

    Slogan tees and summer festivals go together like mud and Glastonbury, but increasingly the former are not just for rock...

  14. Material World

    February 28, 2011

    Dior: The Oscar verdict

    Nicole Kidman - - Getty Images So: two Dior dresses on the red carpet at last night’s Oscars (Sharon Stone and Nicole...

  15. February 27, 2011

    Galliano counter-sues over racist allegations

    Natalie Portman, the face of Dior Cherie perfume, opted to wear a Rotarde gown to the Academy Awards – where she won the...

  16. November 26, 2010

    Here come the sequins

    Last week marked the official launch of the holiday season in the US, as the orgies of Thanksgiving dining and togetherness...

  17. August 20, 2010

    Woman in the News: Julia Gillard

    The question was fired point blank and Julia Gillard, Australia’s prime minister of two months, had nowhere to hide. Would...

  18. May 21, 2010

    Sale of the week: Lacroix atelier furniture

    Sale: Garouste and Bonetti Furniture from the Christian Lacroix fashion houseLocation: Sotheby’s, 76 rue du Faubourg...

  19. January 26, 2010

    A View from the Bridge

    Is there another New York-based actor who can talk tough on-stage better than Liev Schreiber? Watching him in Gregory...

  20. January 25, 2010

    A View from the Bridge, Cort Theatre, New York

    Tough talker: Liev Schreiber (seated) with Scarlett Johansson (left) and Jessica Hecht Is there another New York-based actor...

  21. December 5, 2009

    Permira sizes up deal to purchase Valentino debt

    Private equity's costliest excursion on to the catwalk is about to become more expensive as Permira, the UK buy-out house,...

  22. December 4, 2009

    Permira sizes up deal to buy Valentino debt

    Private equity’s costliest excursion on to the catwalk is about to become more expensive as Permira, the UK buy-out house,...

  23. November 21, 2009

    Silver screens bring on the glitter

    Kate Hudson in ‘Nine’ Thanks to such screen moments as Meryl Streep’s “cerulean blue” speech in The Devil Wears Prada, as...

  24. November 13, 2009

    Celebrities: Different sort of endorsement

    Time was when a clearly signed endorsement alongside a glamorous image of a well-known film or sporting star was sufficient...

  25. November 5, 2009

    American Idol creator in Hollywood deal

    Simon Fuller, the creator of the American Idol television show, is making his first move into Hollywood after striking a...

  26. October 2, 2009

    Supper with the supermodels in New York City

    Who is that? At a large dinner in New York City I felt somewhat disadvantaged since I couldn’t identify most of the people...

  27. September 25, 2009

    Vadera's friends in high places

    Lady Vadera spent the night before quitting as a government minister in the company of power women such as Wendi Murdoch ,...

  28. September 12, 2009

    Love, set, match for Rupert

    Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi were at Flushing Meadows midweek to watch Serena Williams beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 6-4,...

  29. July 25, 2009

    Pampering at a luxury California spa

    A walking trail at Golden Door “I’m Jim, from Palm Beach, I’m recently divorced, looking to re-boot, 45th visit, and...

  30. June 29, 2009

    Valentino hits Permira's pocket

    Private equity's costliest excursion on to the catwalk risks turning into a flop as Permira, the UK buy-out house, nears...

  31. June 28, 2009

    Valentino hits Permira’s pockets

    Private equity’s costliest excursion on to the catwalk risks turning into a flop as Permira, the UK buy-out house, nears...

  32. May 16, 2009

    Power of the short statement

    At the Cannes film festival next week, a surprise Marion Cotillard production will be shown at an intimate dinner at the...

  33. January 24, 2009

    Visual arts Jackie Wullschlager

    Fischli/Weiss, Objects on Pedestals Sprüth Magers, London W1 The objects are banal everyday items - a chest of drawers,...

  34. December 27, 2008

    Visual arts - Jackie Wullschlager

    Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque Royal Academy, London W1 Don't miss the last week of this fabulous small exhibition of...

  35. December 24, 2008

    Christmas Day - Film

    Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (BBC1 4.30pm) - the full title of Aardman Animation's film is a thing of...

  36. December 23, 2008

    Land of soap and glory

    Experiencing Baz Luhrmann's period epic about everything "Australian" - deserts, billabongs, cattle drives, Aboriginal...

  37. December 20, 2008

    Christmas quiz 2008 answers

    1. The card, designed by John O’Hara Cosgrave II, shows pioneers moving west in the 19th century 2. Afghan heroin, in the...

  38. December 20, 2008

    Australia

    Baz Luhrmann 165 mins (12A) Experiencing Baz Luhrmann's period epic about everything "Australian" - deserts, billabongs,...

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