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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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....

  5. June 28, 2013

    Hive mentality

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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....

  13. 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,...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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....

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. September 23, 2011

    Ready or not

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

  34. September 8, 2011

    Vivienne Westwood faces franchise lawsuit

    Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood’s clothing brand is facing a court fight with one of its oldest business partners. Hervia...

  35. 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...

  36. July 11, 2011

    Business diary: Christopher Sharp, The Rug Company

    The chief executive of The Rug Company co-founded the business with his wife Suzanne in 1997. The company now has 17 stores...

  37. 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...

  38. May 31, 2011

    Semele Walk, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Germany

    Her taste for hoops, bustles and big hair is well known and she has designed for the opera before, but Vivienne Westwood has...

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