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    1. October 13, 2014

      Alcina, The English Concert, Barbican, London and touring – review

      A triumvirate of mezzo-sopranos, each of them a consummate Handelian, each in the prime of their career, heightened...

    2. October 10, 2014

      Memoirs: John Lydon, Vivienne Westwood

      Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, by John Lydon, Simon & Schuster, RRP£20, 544 pages Vivienne Westwood, by Vivienne...

    1. October 3, 2014

      Trends from Paris Fashion Week

      Ever increasing circles Circles of all sizes appeared at the shows – in micro dots, eyelet details (Chloe), lacy...

    2. September 29, 2014

      Paris Fashion Week: Silly moments take edge off seriousness

      It was a weekend of sanctimony and silliness in Paris, depending on one’s point of view. I liked to think of this section of...

    3. September 15, 2014

      London Fashion Week: Day 3

      At 9am on Sunday morning, Preen woke up a slightly bleary fashion crowd with a dynamic mash-up of sporty stripes, nautical,...

    4. Material World

      May 8, 2014

      Dior Cruise: clothes, consumers and concept

        Getty Images And so that extended and amorphous season known as Cruise or Pre-fall – you know, the clothes that go on sale...

    5. 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...

    6. December 6, 2013

      What guests wore at the glittering Bal des Débutantes in Paris

      The starting gun on the glittering calendar of festive galas and parties in Paris is arguably the biggest and most curious...

    7. November 22, 2013

      Socks for men take a step forward

      As Christmas clichés go, they are up there with reindeer-pattern sweaters but the humble pair of gentleman’s socks should...

    8. September 29, 2013

      Paris Fashion Week: Designers take global temperature

      The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on global warming, greenhouse gasses and their potential...

    9. July 12, 2013

      Culture clubbing at the V&A’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ show

      Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2013 womenswear show was a nostalgic backwards glance to the designer’s 1980s origins....

    10. June 28, 2013

      Hive mentality

      They came in swarms to Westminster, some clad in traditional beekeeping suits and veils, others dressed as striped militant...

    11. June 7, 2013

      Bling and buy

      The cultural cachet of Masterpiece – the most bling of London’s arts and antique fairs – continues to grow. In 2012 guests...

    12. May 3, 2013

      Punky pins and needles

      With his mix of sparkle and safetypins, neon and spikes and pearls, Tom Binns has been challenging jewellery conventions for...

    13. March 13, 2013

      Networking finds a new connection

      Networking remains essential to career progression but it is evolving from canapes and the random exchange of business cards...

    14. March 3, 2013

      Designers aim to please all customers

      Can you please all of the people all of the time – or more importantly – all of your potential customers? And should you...

    15. March 1, 2013

      The legacy of the ‘ace caff’

      Gazing absent-mindedly at a series of posters at my local London Underground station, I come across a striking image. It is...

    16. February 7, 2013

      Joyce DiDonato, Barbican, London

      Joyce DiDonato’s latest international tour is as much a marketing exercise as a love-in for diva-worshippers. It’s about...

    17. September 30, 2012

      Paris Fashion Week: day four

      The Labour party, in Manchester for its annual conference, is not the only gang thinking about austerity at the moment....

    18. August 31, 2012

      Season to taste

      Won’t it look orange?” In the spirit of showing rather than telling, I am at the hair salon to test the season’s new looks,...

    19. July 13, 2012

      A green and pleasant trend

      Depending on where you sit, green may be the colour of money, of envy, of summer grass or of a Rousseau painting. But it has...

    20. June 8, 2012

      Shades of subtlety

      The world of luxury is divided into those who like a logo and those who don’t. For every woman who covets the distinctive...

    21. Material World

      June 8, 2012

      Fashion goes to Rio (+20)

      Fashion is about to descend on Rio — not to shop, but to talk sustainability during the UN conference this month. Today my...

    22. April 27, 2012

      Shoes on show

      It’s 20 years since Christian Louboutin’s red soles and towering heels turned shoes into fetish objects seen on the feet of...

    23. March 22, 2012

      Dardennes’ brighter new world

      What a weird world. You wake up one morning and Belgium’s Dardenne brothers have turned into Dickens’s Cheeryble brothers....

    24. March 9, 2012

      Stephen Petronio, Joyce Theater, New York

      How do you describe loss in such a pervasively vital idiom as Stephen Petronio’s? In his company’s season premiere, The...

    25. February 29, 2012

      Paris Fashion Week

      The FT’s fashion editor Vanessa Friedman reports from the front row at Paris Fashion Week. Brands and designers whose...

    26. February 17, 2012

      Fashion’s fairy godmother

      When Michelle Obama wore a bright purple Roksanda Ilincic dress to 10 Downing Street last May, followed swiftly by the...

    27. January 10, 2012

      EU understands innovation link

      From Mr Michael Jennings. Sir, Andre Geim’s criticism of the first European Union Innovation Convention (“Oh for a eurocrat...

    28. January 6, 2012

      Science at your fingertips

      So there’s Lady Gaga in rhinestones on the cover of her LoveGame single, sporting metallic silver nails and launching a...

    29. Material World

      December 21, 2011

      The ever-greening of luxury

      Cheering emails have been landing in my inbox with a noteworthy regularity this week – and I am not referring to, as you...

    30. December 16, 2011

      Tartan uprising

      When Emma Watson stepped on the red carpet in her McQ tartan puffball minidress and spiky heels for the GQ Men of the Year...

    31. December 2, 2011

      Sparkling company

      What? Whether it’s via sparkling sequins or gleaming gold, this party season is full of shiny, happy people. Designers have...

    32. November 18, 2011

      Good luxe

      Last Monday, at the Banyan Tree resort in Seoul, South Korea, a gala was held. Guests arrived in gowns and tuxedos, sipped...

    33. November 11, 2011

      Dress to protest

      One of the prime complaints about the ever-burgeoning Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement that has gripped cities worldwide...

    34. November 11, 2011

      Palladium: So much for heavy metal in difficult times

      Readers of the September issues of lifestyle magazines may have noticed celebrities Kelly Osbourne, Rose McGowan and Pamela...

    35. November 11, 2011

      The Queen’s Collection: Diamonds to die for mark Queen’s jubilee

      As part of a series of exhibitions to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, 60 years on the throne, jewellery from both the...

    36. October 7, 2011

      A tour of the contradictions of culture’s First City

      It wasn’t only the sharp autumnal sunshine that made Beijing a riveting place to be last weekend. A surreal coincidence of...

    37. October 4, 2011

      Agent Provocateur taps into taste for luxury underwear

      Agent Provocateur, the lingerie chain owned by private equity group 3i, almost tripled underlying profits in its last...

    38. September 23, 2011

      Ready or not

      Sheer audacity “The seen and the unseen” is how Erdem Moralglioglu described the sensual sheerness of dresses in...

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