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This Christmas nobody has more front than Harrods

Fans of the BBC period drama The Paradise, or indeed of Emile Zola's 1883 novel The Ladies' Paradise, on which the series is based, will know that presenting a fantasy to customers is half the luxury retail battle.

Boutique brilliance: Small is still beautiful in Paris' shopping

Paris is close to shopping heaven. Here, bakers can be superstars – and, even in the centre of town, you can find hardware stores alongside high-end fashion. All the global chains are here, but there is also an incredible number of homegrown, one-off boutiques. The summer sales continue until 26 July. After that, many places close for all or part of August, when it is not unusual to find shop windows swathed in brown paper.

Life is a cabaret: Kitsch summer fashion

Move over minimalism – this summer fashion is as kitsch and as camp as they come, says Alex Fury. And the renaissance of the look is not confined to the catwalk

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Champagne fuels Paris Fashion's Night Out edition

As if a general strike weren't enough to snarl Paris traffic, a hoard of fashionistas brought it to a crawl as they turned out en masse for the City of Light's edition of Fashion's Night Out, a Champagne-drenched nocturnal shopping extravaganza.