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Coach shares dived 7 per cent pre-market New York trading after the preppy retailer posted its third consecutive decline in sales in North America.

Paris goes Gaga as international crowd gears up for new collections

At Thierry Mugler tomorrow night, creative director Nicola Formichetti will be showing a short film courtesy of superstar photographer duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, with his friend and collaborator Lady Gaga in the star role and releasing a new soundtrack.

Ready To Wear: In fashion, to tweet or remain discreet?

How best to showcase a forthcoming collection when even the most well-heeled of Western consumers must surely be tightening her belt? There were two very disparate solutions to this particular problem in evidence last week.

Joan Smith: Casino banking does more damage than riots

Another week, another banking scandal: on Friday, a day after the Swiss bank UBS announced it had lost the staggering sum of £1.3bn, one of its star traders appeared in court charged with fraud and false accounting. The hugely embarrassing announcement from UBS came three years to the day since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, suggesting not much has changed in the high-risk world of casino capitalism.

Deborah Ross: Without this list you won't be on-trend

If you ask me... never machine-wash a giant woolly vagina

Ready To Wear: A formal wardrobe is invariably ageing

Back to school and "you should see M in his new uniform" says my friend, A, "he looks about 25". M is, in fact, all of 11.

Serena's ugly outburst at Stosur shock

Australia's Sam Stosur played superbly to win her first Grand Slam title here last night as Serena Williams again left the US Open in ignominy. Two years after a foul-mouthed outburst at a line judge cost her victory in the semi-finals against Kim Clijsters, Williams berated Eva Asderaki, the umpire, after a controversial incident during her 6-2, 6-3 defeat. She told the official: "I truly despise you."

Ready To Wear: You can't save the world while wearing a cape

No capes!" shouts Edna Mode, in the Pixar classic The Incredibles. "Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids. All was well, another day saved, when his cape snagged on a missile fin! Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on take-off! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex! No capes!"

Howard Jacobson: It's over – masculinity of the old school

I grow old, I grow old...I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. And my trousers are not the half of it.

Dressing Table: The best perfumes

Beyoncé, Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Beyoncé may have severed business ties with her father Matthew earlier this year, but it will take more than the simple nullifying of a contract to remove the strong work ethic he spent almost 30 years instilling in his daughter. Ever since the singer's new album 4 emerged in June, it has seen stuttering sales and disappointing chart showings. This is all relative of course; 99.9 per cent of the world's performing artists would do cartwheels of celebration if they'd managed to shift a million albums in two months and scored two Top 30 singles in the US Billboard Chart. But for the Texan megastar, such achievements are piffling and have prompted this series of hastily arranged intimate club shows in an attempt to reboot the campaign.

Beyonce Knowles ready for children

Beyonce Knowles is now hoping to "dedicate herself" to having children.

John Bird: Fashion has become a weapon on the streets of London

What you wear can be a matter of life and death – as last week's riots demonstrated

Discounts help fashion retailers to boost sales

Fashion retailers delivered a robust rise in sales in July after hefty discounting and the damp weather helped to bring forward purchases of autumnwear.

Kim Kardashian confirms dress designer

Kim Kardashian has confirmed Vera Wang will design her wedding dress.

Susannah Frankel: 'My holiday beauty must-haves'

There's nothing that says 'holiday' more than running around buying the products (travel-sized where possible) for a 'can't-do-without' beauty bag. Here are mine:

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