LVMH to step up expansion plans

LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods group, is stepping up its global expansion plans despite fears of a slowdown in demand for its products.

Shadow of the spring

There may be snow on the ground but the new beauty season is upon us. Brighten up, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Market Report: Centamin shares tumble after ruling

Gold mining in Egypt dates back to pre-dynastic times – way before 3,100BC. Miner Centamin Egypt's experience is a little more recent – it began working its flagship Sukari gold mine in 2009.

One easy beauty trend to take away: face lace

Trending: This must be the lace – style's net best thing

The Paris couture shows may not be the stuff of our rather pedestrian existences but luckily there's one easy beauty trend to take away from them: face lace. That's right, lace on the face.

Raf Simons will step down from his post at Jil Sander after the label’s autumn 2012 show in Milan

Does Raf Simons have designs on Galliano's old job?

Creative director quits at Jil Sander – fuelling speculation he's set for the hot seat at Dior

We love: ‘Dior Couture’ - Featuring the fabulous creations of Christian Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, this is a beautiful tome for fashion fantasists - more than 100 gowns from the Dior archive have been shot by the world-renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Out December 6, Rizzoli

The Fashion Audit: 05/12/2011

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Yves Saint Laurent: L'Amour Fou (NC)

An age-old truth lies just beneath the cool surface of this docu-memoir.

Guy Bourdin, By Alison M Gingeras

Guy Bourdin is acknowledged to have revolutionised 20th-century fashion photography through the playful but rigorously formalist, frequently surreal, and sometimes even rather haunting work he did in French Vogue from 1955 to 1987, as well as through ad campaigns he did for Christian Dior, Bloomingdales and Charles Jourdan. He influenced a generation of his peers and left an indelible mark on visual culture. But, in this small new monograph, Alison Gingeras also makes the case that he was "a courageous single artist, as opposed to a mere commercial photographer". Shown left is Chapeaux-Choc (Hat Shocker), from Vogue Paris, 1955 – hat by Claude Saint-Cyr.

John Galliano: Look back in grandeur

Troubled, yes, but there's no doubting John Galliano's genius. He was much missed at last week's couture shows, says Susannah Frankel

Life after Galliano begins – but Dior still knows how to put on a show

For the first time in almost 15 years, the autumn/winter haute couture season opened in Paris yesterday with a Christian Dior show that did not feature John Galliano.

Galliano fired from own label

Designer john Galliano has been sacked as creative director of his own eponymous label.

Business Diary: E&Y set to take squash title

The Canary Wharf & Square Mile Corporate Challenge is hotting up – and if you want to make a few quid from the squash tournament that pits the staff of City firms against each other, put your cash on Ernst & Young. Already in the semis, it will take on PricewaterhouseCoopers for a place in the final against Credit Suisse or the Financial Services Authority. How can we be so confident? Well, E&Y is represented by an employee, a certain Peter Marshall. His work at the firm is his second career – he was previously a professional squash player. A former world number two, in fact. So unless E&Y's rivals had the foresight to hire a former world number one, they don't stand a chance.

Show's over for Galliano as Dior gives him the sack

The fashion house Christian Dior fired its chief designer, John Galliano, yesterday for what it described as "particularly odious" remarks glorifying Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust.

Susannah Frankel: A sad end to the most glittering of careers

The first show I ever saw as fashion editor of a national newspaper was John Galliano's debut haute couture collection for Givenchy.

Dior sacks John Galliano

Fashion house Christian Dior has sacked British designer John Galliano after allegations he made anti-Semitic remarks.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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