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

Hugo Boss and Rémy Cointreau hit by luxury slowdown in China

German fashion house Hugo Boss and French drinks group Rémy Cointreau warned they would not meet profit expectations due to a slowdown across China, with both companies today blaming profit warnings on the country.

French dressing: Isabel Marant's designs for H&M

Isabel Marant for H&M: Collection designer is no Karl Lagerfeld

Marant is a household name in France but she's a step down next to the other talents H&M have tapped, says Alexander Fury

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

Drugs are bad, but being fat is worse in public eye

Unattractive designer Karl Lagerfeld has for years been rude about non-skinny females

Roberto Cavalli piled on the bling

Sci-fi, starlet, or just a nice summer dress? All three were shown on the catwalks of Milan

The Italians have a leg up on the rest of the fashion industry, in that they understand – and experience – a real summer. Italian factories grind to a halt for the entirety of August, barely gearing up to finish the designers' samples in time for Milan's spring fashion week. That sounds lax, but it probably keeps them all sane. And it gives them a healthy idea of what people want to wear come summer.

The Conversation: Mary Katrantzou, designer

'Black is the natural fall-back to cleanse your palate, and to have a uniform. But look at any designer, and you'll see the way they dress isn't extravagant.'

Handsome, talented and anti-establishment: It's not hard to see why Russell Brand is good with women

He's someone who can be as close to the knuckle as possible, while having the popular appeal to fill enormous auditoriums and amass a huge fortune

Online retailer Hut powers towards a float

The Hut, the online retailer that boasts backers including Sir Terry Leahy and Sir Stuart Rose took a step closer to possible flotation next year as sales rose by more than 30 per cent.

Russell Brand was caught up in a row at a celebrity party after he made a jibe about fashion firm Hugo Boss and its links to the Nazis.

Russell Brand 'kicked out' of GQ party after Nazi jibe

Comedian Russell Brand was caught up in a row at a celebrity party after he made a jibe about fashion firm Hugo Boss and its links to the Nazis.

Jumper £35; shirt £25; skirt £30; boots £40; all by Dorothy Perkins; dorothyperkins.co.uk

iStyle: Midi marvellous

Forget maxi-skirts and minis, this season’s hemline has gone mid-length says Emma Akbareian

Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2013, hair by Redken

Lady and the tramp: This season's hair, nails and make-up

This season’s beauty is a tale of two cities, take your pick from urban grunge and old-school glamour, says Emma Akbareian

Lady and the tramp: Urban grunge and old-school glamour

Update your hair and make-up for a whole new look. Take your pick from urban grunge and old-school glamour

Reel around the fountains: Karl Lagerfeld photographs Rome's water features

With Fendi funding the renovation of Rome's fountains, its creative director celebrates the dramatic landmarks' beauty

iStyle: Aussie rules

Considering the selling points of Australia include its preponderance of sunshine and sandy shores, not to mention the strong economy and high quality of life, it’s little wonder that our friends down under are so skilled at creating covetable swimwear.

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