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    1. September 10, 2014

      New York Fashion Week: Day 6

      The Mulleavy sisters, Kate and Laura, are teasingly imaginative storytellers. Their quixotic design ethic pulls at all sorts...

    2. Material World

      April 15, 2014

      Fashion’s next big family-run acquisition target?

        Getty Images Maud Lescroart, the CMO of Sophie Hallett, the family-run French lacemaker that seems to supply – well,...

    1. beyondbrics

      April 2, 2014

      India elections: daily wrap

      Raghuram Rajan wasn’t kidding when he said the central bank was ready to hand out new banking licences as soon as the...

    2. beyondbrics

      April 2, 2014

      Everstone gets hitched to India bridal wear queen

      Ritu Kumar is the Vera Wang of Indian bridal wear, one of the oldest and most coveted designers for Indian women on their...

    3. July 12, 2013

      The new squeezed middle

      At last month’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards, the star of the show was a harness cut-out gown by...

    4. Material World

      April 15, 2013

      From Fendi to Hermes: how fashion pushes your furniture buttons

      The Salone del Mobile, aka the Milan Furniture Fair closed on Sunday, and with it Milano Moda Design, the side event created...

    5. November 2, 2012

      No baggage

      Let us pause amid the pre-election madness to consider the female power player – specifically, her handbag. Or should that...

    6. Material World

      October 25, 2012

      US fashion brands lagging in emerging markets

      There’s a really interesting study out today from the Digital Luxury Group. Researchers looked at data from more than 31m...

    7. Material World

      September 17, 2012

      More Middle Eastern money pours into high fashion

      Oooooh, I sense another Fashion Week trend! After the Qatari sovereign wealth fund bought Harrod’s in 2010, an un-named...

    8. August 28, 2012

      Buyout firm to acquire David’s Bridal

      David’s Bridal, the biggest wedding dress retailer in North America, is being acquired by private equity firm Clayton...

    9. Material World

      August 6, 2012

      What's up with those Qataris?

      Let’s do a quick recap here: in the last two years the Qatari sovereign wealth fund has bought all of Harrods and a 5.2%...

    10. February 13, 2012

      New York Fashion Week

      In the first of their daily reports from the front row, the FT’s Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton report from the...

    11. Material World

      January 13, 2012

      Fashion still [hearts] Obama

      AP/Paul Beaty The US electorate in general may be voicing ambivalence about the current administration (though it’s unclear...

    12. December 29, 2011

      ‘Made in China’ does not always translate well

      Stella International makes shoes for a list of clients that reads like the who’s who of the fashion world – Prada, LVMH,...

    13. Material World

      September 13, 2011

      What Madeleine Albright did next

      Madeleine Albright. Image by Vanessa Friedman. Maybe, by watching the world’s most fashionable First Ladies, we’ve all been...

    14. June 24, 2011

      Kate’s wedding dress, part two

      I have weddings on the brain this week. Not just because my parents have been married 50 years today – mazel tov – but...

    15. May 14, 2011

      Power dressing: Dr Patricia Wexler

      Dr Patricia Wexler is a Manhattan-based cosmetic dermatologist. She is also an associate clinical professor for the Mount...

    16. Material World

      April 29, 2011

      McQueen for a future queen

      So the answer is in: Sarah Burton (left) did indeed make Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. A major British brand for a new...

    17. Material World

      April 1, 2011

      Bloomberg TV swoons over Anna Wintour

      Last night Bloomberg TV contributed a whopper of a show to the Anna Wintour hagiography (which also includes the WSJ...

    18. November 12, 2010

      Mid-priced US retailers ring up rising sales

      Three of the largest US department stores have provided further evidence that middle-income consumers are spending more, in...

    19. Material World

      September 26, 2010

      Mourning Catherine Walker in Milan

      Catherine Walker, the Frenchwoman who became one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers and helped modernise British royal...

    20. July 31, 2010

      Chelsea’s big day

      So, on July 31 the long wait was finally over, the rabid curiosity of America sated, and the questions – so many pressing...

    21. April 5, 2010

      Taiwan exports its wedding photographers

      The sand at Shalun beach is rough, the waves are too small for surfing and the beach is bounded by rocky outcrops that...

    22. February 13, 2010

      Fashion at the Winter Olympics

      US figure skater Evan Lysacek in Vera Wang In terms of competitiveness and global scale, few sporting events can rival the...

    23. May 30, 2009

      Designers enter the bridal market

      Ah the glitz! The glamour! The gorgeousness of François-Henri Pinault whisking wife Salma Hayek off to Venice last month...

    24. March 27, 2009

      Waterford Wedgwood to hasten overseas production

      The new owner of Waterford Wedgwood plans to use the fabled but struggling ceramic and crystal tableware brands as a...

    25. March 27, 2009

      Waterford's new owner to accelerate shift overseas

      The new owner of Waterford Wedgwood intends to use the celebrated but struggling ceramic and crystal tableware brands as a...

    26. March 26, 2009

      Waterford Wedgwood to hasten overseas production

      The new owner of Waterford Wedgwood plans to use the fabled but struggling ceramic and crystal tableware brands as a...

    27. February 7, 2009

      End of the runway?

      As another slew of fashion weeks fast approaches, it appears that designers are increasingly leaving an old friend out in...

    28. February 7, 2009

      The catwalk is going out of fashion

      As another slew of fashion weeks fast approaches, it appears that designers are increasingly leaving an old friend out in...

    29. January 8, 2009

      US group closes on Waterford rescue

      KPS Capital Partners, a US private equity company, has signed a letter of intent to buy the “major assets” of Waterford...

    30. January 6, 2009

      Waterford in talks on asset sale as loans called in

      Talks to salvage Waterford Wedgwood were under way last night with at least three US parties after the owner of the historic...

    31. January 5, 2009

      Waterford talks with US groups on asset sale

      Talks to salvage Waterford Wedgwood were under way with at least three US parties on Monday night after the owner of the...

    32. December 9, 2008

      New-look Barbie seeks to collar Chinese market

      A year after becoming embroiled in a product safety recall relating to millions of its toys made in China, Mattel has made...

    33. December 9, 2008

      New-look Barbie makes a play for Chinese hearts

      A year after becoming embroiled in a product safety recall relating to millions of its toys made in China, Mattel has made...

    34. December 8, 2008

      Shanghai surprise for the all-American Barbie

      A year after becoming embroiled in a product safety recall relating to millions of its toys made in China, Mattel has made...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. June 14, 2008

      Wayne, Coleen and me

      And so the much-balleyhooed wedding of the footballer and the shopper has finally arrived. Wayne Rooney and Coleen...

    38. April 3, 2008

      Cameron resigns from struggling Waterford

      Waterford Wedgwood, the troubled ceramics and crystal manufacturing company, has confirmed that Peter Cameron is stepping...

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