Arts and Entertainment

With the dramatic increase in the popularity of fashion exhibitions over the past decade, this groundbreaking book provides a timely look at the evolution of the practice, taking as its anchor the seminal 1971 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition “Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton”. The authors’ combined experience of more than 40 years – one in architecture and exhibition design and the other in fashion history and curating – informs this detailed account of the exhibition.

How to get the look: Shift blouses

Sounds like a cryptic crossword clue.

Juan Mata (right) and David Moyes wearing Nike branded kit

Manchester United to open kit sponsorship talks with 'multiple parties' as Nike deal nears expiry

Adidas, Puma and Warrior are all likely to be interested in a possible link-up with the Premier League champions

Google Glass: Prescription frames introduced to prep the technology for primetime

The technology may not be available yet in the UK, but Google are keen to normalise Glass - launching a new range of stylish, all-titanium frames

Cara Delevingne presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

The unbearable lightness of couture: The spring/summer 2014 collections from Chanel and Dior are the most relevant for decades

Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury

Andy Thomson

Sport on TV: Rednall rolls out the portable carpet for the ladies

They haven’t tried to “sex up” bowls to appeal to a wider audience: no semi-naked girls cartwheeling down the rink, no hellish bursts of naked flame, no garish wigs – well, there are probably a few hairpieces as the crowd is largely of a certain age. (The men are generally happy with their bald lot, though, so the seats at the World Indoor Championships at Potters in Norfolk actually look like they are being occupied by rows of shiny pink bowling balls.) The organisers wouldn’t want to make the spectacle too exciting, would they? When it comes to tie-breaks there are no references to sudden death.

Style File: Here comes the rain again

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

Cara Delevingne presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2014: Dynamic modernism and exquisite examples of handcraft

Haute couture today is about spectacle. And the most spectacular of spectacles, inevitably, comes courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. I'm not talking sunglasses there, although they are one of the motivating factors behind the few houses still staging the elaborate, labour-intensive and usually loss-making couture shows. There aren't many women in the market for five-figure frocks.

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring/summer 2014

While desperately trying to be modern, Raf Simons elucidated his mantra as never before

Alexander Fury: Unisex doesn’t always iron out the bumps

Wear, What, Why, When?

London: JW Anderson, Milan: Bottega Veneta, Paris: Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby

Brave new visions for menswear: Blood, sweat, and suits

The autumn/winter 2014 shows took in three cities across two weeks. For next season, designers’ labours yielded a brave new vision  for the modern male, argues Alexander Fury

How to get the look: New-season bombers

OK, so I've thought about this a lot and I might just about be ready to start thinking about the new season. Maybe.

Travel agenda

From a converted railway station in Snowdonia and a new resort to San Diego to Sawdays' sale and Gooey travel accessories

Kate Moss in quotes: ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ and other career-defining statements from fashion's silent supermodel

As she celebrates the launch of her new Topshop collection, here are the stories behind five of her most iconic quotes

Models present creations by Emporio Armani at the Fall/Winter 2014 Men's collection

Gucci and Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week: Italian classics have men reaching for their wallets, not iPhones

The twenty-first century habit of instantly recording a show and broadcasting the results across social media is damaging to fashion - but some designers aren't playing ball

Comment: It’s not the riskiest deal Mike Ashley's done

Mike Ashley once boasted he had “balls of steel”. Frankly, for anyone else to spend £45 million on shares in Debenhams after its Christmas drubbing, you’d need them.

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