Alexander Fury

Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent.

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Italian fashion: Why strong Mediterranean women and jewellery are the perfect match

The allure of the Mediterranean woman is something that has inspired designers for decades.

Versace, Dolce, Pucci, Gucci, Prada... Italian fashion's mightiest flex their muscles with this season's sportswear-inspired pieces

Versace, Armani, Gucci, Prada, Fendi: these names resonate with power.

A model at Christopher Kane's show

Fashion Week: London leads the way

What exactly makes the design talent of the capital so appealing? Perhaps it is the diversity of this city that ensures there is something for everyone and everything for someone, suggests Alexander Fury, as he rounds up the best in show from London fashion week

The Conversation: Italian 'fashion maniac' Anna Dello Russo on watermelon hats and clothes as therapy

How do you decide what to wear in the morning?

Hats off: Milliner Stephen Jones salutes the late, great Anna Piaggi - Vogue Italia fashion editor and crowned queen of high Italian style

Anna and I got on really well. I mean, Anna loved hats! She became a friend first of all, but very swiftly became a client. Friendship and hats went along with each other.

La lista: 10 Italian spring style stalwarts to make your Vita a little more Dolce

Pleats please

Tomas Maier's spring Bottega Veneta collection was craftsy without looking homespun. A cavalcade of pleats are a key trend of the season. But Italians really do do them better.

Emporio Armani was another highlight of autumn/winter 2014 at Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week: Who is the ideal woman for Versace? Ask Donatella

Plenty of designers prattle on about “their woman”. But who, precisely, is she? She cuts a hazy, frequently crazy figure whose interests oscillate wildly, from contemporary art, to scuba diving, to eighteenth-century history. Her main interest is spending lots of money on clothes. Other than that, she’s something of an enigma.

A model presents a creation from the Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Milan Fashion Week: Off-kilter Prada repulses and attracts in equal measure

Miuccia Prada titled her autumn/winter 2014 womenswear collection “Act II”. Given that she presented her menswear barely a month ago – and included a few womenswear pieces in the mix – that could be interpreted as a side-swipe at a constantly revved-up fashion system. The few weeks in between have been but an interlude. Tonight, we were back to the real action.

A model wears a creation for Gucci women's Fall-Winter 2014-15 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week: Nothing to scare the horses at Gucci

Something old, something new. That's the story of the opening day of Milan fashion week.

Tom Ford’s creations showed there is no mistaking him for anything other than American

London Fashion Week: Tom Ford has the confidence of a player at the top of his game

Confidence isn’t something you can teach at fashion school. A designer either has the chutzpah to send out an astrakhan two-piece and an American football jersey smothered in sequins emblazoned with his name and birthdate. Or... well, or said designer’s name isn’t Tom Ford.

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