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

Stitch by stitch: A closer look at couture

Just what is it that makes couture so special? Gemma Hayward takes a closer look

French skipper Francois Gabart celebrates after winning the 7th edition of the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race

François Gabart smashes Vendée record as Thomson heads for podium

The Vendée Globe record for sailing solo round the world has been well and truly smashed by François Gabart, crossing the finishing line today to become the youngest ever winner in a time of 78 days, 2hrs 16mins 40secs.

Third place in Vendee Globe likely for British solo sailor Alex Thomson

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has third place in the Vendée Globe round the world race in his grasp as the man ahead of him, Jean-Pierre Dick lost his keel overnight as is limping to safety in the Azores.

Alex Thomson on record-breaking Vendée Globe course

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has set a new national record for sailing from the equator and back to the equator of 68d 14hr 53min. That is nearly three weeks quicker than the old record set by Mike Golding.

Thomson eyes third place in Vendée Globe race

In a determined push up the Atlantic, Britain’s Alex Thomson is poised to take over third place in the Vendée Globe round the world race for singlehanders.

Alex Thomson involved in collision during Vendée Globe round the world race

A collision which could have knocked Britain’s Alex Thomson out of the Vendée Globe round the world race has also affected his ability to communicate with his team base as he continues to make fast progress deep south in the Indian Ocean.

Kito de Pavant has retired from the Vendée Globe after colliding with a trawler

De Pavant retires from Vendée Globe after colliding with trawler

Kito de Pavant became the second to retire from the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in the opening 48 hours after colliding with a fishing trawler 45 miles off the coast of Portugal. It was the second time he has been forced to withdraw from a race notorious for the rate of attrition.

The body harpies have it in for Adele. For the sake of all women, let's hope she stays strong

Sophie Dahl, Fern Britton and Anne Diamond have all gone skinny of late

Fashion Statement: Change is easier to make when there are past masters to follow

It's always difficult, stepping into someone else's shoes – especially when you have high arches. And it's even more difficult when those shoes have been worn for so long and with such panache by their previous owner.

SVG Capital is dented by Boss

A sharp fall in Hugo Boss's share price saw SVG Capital, the quoted proxy for giant private-equity group Permira, go into reverse in the third quarter.

Daphne Grow, left, and, right, Dakota Fanning photographed by Karl Lagerfeld in the 'Little Black Jacket'

Forget the dress – Lagerfeld just can't get enough of Chanel's Little Black Jacket

Exhibition celebrating a design classic opens in London

Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Fashion: Ooh, Karl, we don't know where you find the time

Yesterday was a big day for Karl Lagerfeld. Not only did he present his spring 2013 collection for Chanel, he also announced the opening of a new own-line boutique in Paris next February.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner

Manchester City sign sponsorship deal with Hugo Boss

Manchester City have confirmed global clothing giant Hugo Boss are to become their fashion and clothing partner.

Ready to Wear: If you like Miu Miu, you'll love the next series of The Killing...

"Guess what I'm watching?" texts my friend and The Independent's unofficial Denmark correspondent, designer Peter Jensen. "The Killing, series 3. And it's fucking good." The series had premiered in its home country that evening.

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