Life and Style

Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Clutch bag £35, asos.com

Spring fashion 2014: How the catwalk caught the gardening bug

This season horticulture is hot, with reimagined florals in full bloom, says  Stephanie Hirschmiller

Dolce EDP £62 for 50ml, Dolce & Gabbana, harrods.com

Style file: Scent from the heavens

The new season is just the time to change to a lighter, brighter fragrance, says Kate Rose Morris

Bah, humbug!: Model wears dress £65; frenchconnection.com

Style file: Black and white and cool all over

In the mood for monochrome? French Connection has it covered,  with a capsule collection of on-trend pieces, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Grey skirt £59.99; Top £24.99; Shoes £79.99; all by Mango, mango.com

Style file: Pleats please

Get into the fold and sport a gathered skirt for spring, says Emma Akbareian

Style file: Valentine's lingerie

Avoid the bigger brands and high street chains when you go underwear shopping. Instead, seek out under-the-radar lingerie labels, says Emma Akbareian

Moleskine to open first UK stores in London

Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

Beauty trends: Has spring sprung early?

Spring is yet to bloom, but the latest beauty trends allow you to revamp your style for 2014, says Emma Akbareian

Style File: Here comes the rain again

Waterproofing your wardrobe with practical, yet luxurious, purchases is a wise investment, says Emma Akbareian

A model presents a creation by Burberry Prorsum during the Autumn/Winter 2014 London Collections

Burberry shares jump 6% as British luxury retailer sees strong growth in China

Burberry revealed business in Asia is back on form as it beat City forecasts with a strong Christmas sales performance today

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Asos expands into Russia and China

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Style File: The names and labels to look for at London Collections: Men

The biggest-ever instalment of London Collections: Men kicks off today. Alexander Fury picks the names to drop and the labels to shop for

2013 - the business year in review: Happy days may be on their way

The scandals continued, but the main message the City took home from 2013 was that the good times are back

Smythson CEO Andy Janowski to leave after the birth of his twins

Chairman and owner Jacques Bahbout will take the reins

Alexander Fury: A bargain is in the pocket of the beholder

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Investment Insider: Is it clever to play follow the leader?

Sometimes a business, and not its boss, is where the value lies
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