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    1. July 14, 2014

      Advertisers seek to harness the power of parent bloggers

      Hundreds of women – some of them pushing prams – are strolling around a room filled with brand representatives keen to court...

    2. March 21, 2014

      The politics of public and private schooling

      Michael Gove, the education secretary, has not been shy about reforming the schools system during his four years in office....

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    1. Guide to Schools

      A look at UK education in 2014, from the politics of public versus private schooling t...
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    1. March 21, 2014

      Latin lessons in dressing

      South American presidential style Given the obsessive attention routinely paid to what Michelle Obama or Samantha Cameron...

    2. March 14, 2014

      Pistes and culture: a Granada ski holiday

      In the early 1920s, a disillusioned and war-weary young English writer woke one morning on the highest peak of the Sierra...

    3. July 12, 2013

      Vanessa Friedman: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the new face of Bulgari

      One of the more notable moments of the recent Paris couture week occurred at a very fancy party hosted by Bulgari in a...

    4. July 12, 2013

      British beauty means business

      For an industry that is based on building confidence, the British beauty business has always suffered from low self-esteem....

    5. June 14, 2013

      What to wear at the revolution

      Once upon a time, to most people, “the woman in red” meant a mediocre 1980s comedy starring Gene Wilder and Kelly LeBrock....

    6. April 26, 2013

      The world’s most important fashion prizes

      The oldest resort town on the French Riviera, Hyères, might be best known as a holiday destination. But this week it also...

    7. April 26, 2013

      Public image versus private finance

      The recent move by President François Hollande to make cabinet members disclose their holdings and net worth has created...

    8. Material World

      February 26, 2013

      Is "Made in Italy" message to country's politicians wasted?

      Marni's sunglasses with “excavated details”. Getty Images Today is travel day as the fashion flock heads to Paris. Looking...

    9. Material World

      February 18, 2013

      Burberry personalises the runway: good or bad?

      Getty Images In a few hours (4pm UK time) Burberry will take to the runway at London Fashion Week (that’s chief creative...

    10. December 7, 2012

      The appeal of true Brit

      The news last week that Alexander Wang would be Balenciaga’s new creative director had the fashion world all a-twitter...

    11. Material World

      November 28, 2012

      Leveraging Samantha Cameron for fashion's sake

      Getty Images I was struck last night at the British Fashion Awards by Samantha Cameron’s appearance to present the New...

    12. November 9, 2012

      New term, old dress

      Four years ago last week, Michelle Obama stepped into the public eye on election night wearing a red-and-black Narciso...

    13. September 14, 2012

      London Fashion Week: day one

      The first day of London Fashion Week is always a slightly muted affair. Many of the press and buyers are coming back from...

    14. Material World

      July 25, 2012

      Did Samantha Cameron make a sartorial own-goal?

      Much hoo-ha in the UK today over the fact that the Queen and First Lady Samantha Cameron seemed to be a little too...

    15. Material World

      June 7, 2012

      Obama's fashion faux pas

      Anna Wintour. Getty Images For so long, fashion was so good for the Obamas: it clothed them, made Mrs O into a celebrity...

    16. March 16, 2012

      David Cameron: the verdict so far

      David Cameron is standing on the Jubilee line on a visit to a Tesco supermarket in east London, an imposing figure in the...

    17. Material World

      March 15, 2012

      First Ladies' dress codes

      Should first ladies dress for themselves, their country, or their husband’s agenda? I pondered this question last night when...

    18. Material World

      March 14, 2012

      The not-so-special sartorial relationship

      David Cameron and Samantha Cameron disembark (Getty) There is a tendency, among political leaders, especially of the UK-US...

    19. December 2, 2011

      Creative differences

      A lamp is rarely a source of great contention. However, when Samantha Cameron, the prime minister’s wife, recently chose to...

    20. Material World

      October 31, 2011

      The Obamas' complex costume calculation

      To a certain extent every national leader is in a form of costume every day of their term, but today this issue takes on a...

    21. Material World

      September 29, 2011

      Ambassadors join the fashion game

      After Fashion 4 Development, the UN initiative involving Michelle Obama and Carla Sarkozy and geared toward supporting...

    22. August 26, 2011

      Fashion takes the Mickey

      Designers are known for getting their inspiration from surprising sources, but one of the most unlikely muses in fashion has...

    23. August 5, 2011

      Arty political

      Art has facilitated diplomacy since the time of the pharoahs. Then, painters were commissioned to decorate tombs with images...

    24. June 3, 2011

      Rare glimpse of view from a Downing St sofa

      A work by LS Lowry titled ‘Lancashire Fair. Good Friday. Daisy Nook’ hangs in the Whitechapel Gallery For those who have...

    25. May 27, 2011

      Couched in connections

      Lady Annabel Astor at her London house, decorated with soft furnishings from her company OKA At first glance, her life could...

    26. May 27, 2011

      ‘Kate effect’ helps drive fashion sales

      The equivalent of a royal warrant was invisibly hoisted over British high streets this week as “the Kate effect” took hold....

    27. May 13, 2011

      The clues in Carla’s clothes

      The Cannes Film Festival has had its first few star-studded days yet it seems to me that the most pressing question thrown...

    28. April 1, 2011

      Bare-faced chic

      Felicity Albert of Nomura bank On a recent flying visit to Paris earlier this month to conduct quiet talks with a senior...

    29. February 22, 2011

      Burberry show all white on the night

      Fashion models at the Burberry show for London Fashion Week were clad in fur with plenty of chunky cable knit to boot as...

    30. February 18, 2011

      Power dressers

      From left: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, Yulia Tymoshenko, Angela Merkel, Samantha...

    31. November 16, 2010

      Cameron U-turn on personal staff

      David Cameron executed a humiliating about-turn on Tuesday, as he yielded to widespread criticism and removed his...

    32. Westminster Blog

      November 1, 2010

      Cameron's diplomatic faux pas that triggered a Sarkozy démarche

      David Cameron upset a lot of countries during his trip retracing the old Silk Road from Turkey to India. His reference to...

    33. October 31, 2010

      Cameron and Sarkozy seek entente cordiale

      When Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, and David Cameron, UK prime minister, sign an ambitious Franco-British defence...

    34. October 22, 2010

      Thomas Lawrence’s portraits

      Only three monarchs in English history have been passionate, enlightened connoisseurs of visual art – Henry VIII, Charles I...

    35. October 16, 2010

      Smythson check

      Jacques Bahbout, executive chairman of Italian leather maker Tivoli and owner of Smythson since the start of the year, has...

    36. Material World

      September 21, 2010

      Burberry's show is the ticket of the week

      By Nicola Copping, deputy fashion editor London Fashion Week is drawing to a close today but not without a final finale from...

    37. August 24, 2010

      Cameron’s wife gives birth

      David and Samantha Cameron announced on Tuesday the birth of their fourth child, a baby girl, declaring themselves...

    38. May 29, 2010

      Maternity flair

      Claudia Schiffer and Samantha Cameron As Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah left Downing Street, Samantha Cameron and her baby bump...

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