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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 sales slowing in Asia

Hugo Boss, owned by Britain's Permira private equity firm, has reported a slowdown in sales growth in Asia.

Raise a glass to Gaultier

It's been quite a week for top jobs in fashion. After six months of speculation, Hedi Slimane's appointment as Yves Saint Laurent's new designer, replacing Stefano Pilati, was announced during Paris Fashion Week.

Belgian designer Raf Simons acknowledges the applause at the end of the Jil Sander 2012 Autumn/Winter collection during Milan Fashion Week

All change at the top for Milan fashion

Raf Simons leaves Jil Sander after triumph at Italian fashion week

Hugo Boss surge lifts SVG buyback

SVG, the quoted proxy for the mighty Permira private-equity funds, saw its shares leap more than 8 per cent yesterday, after the firm said its first £50m tender to buy back some of its shares is to be priced at around 315p.

Harlech says: 'People think of me as a stereotype: muse, privileged, decorative'

Lady Amanda Harlech: 'I really like getting my hands dirty'

Easy to say from a dressing-up suite at the Paris Ritz – but fashion's first lady is no pampered muse, as Chanel's new couture collections are set to prove.

Across The Land And The Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001, By WG Sebald, trans. Iain Galbraith<br />Saturn's Moons: W G Sebald – A Handbook, Jo Catling and Richard Hibbitt (editors)

As Jacques Austerlitz remarks towards the end of the book that bears his name, we "have appointments to keep in the past... and must go there in search of places and people who have some connection with us on the far side of time, so to speak". Let me, briefly, keep one of those appointments. On a bright February day in 1998, I'm sitting with Max Sebald, professor of European literature, over lunch in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the Norwich campus of the University of East Anglia – where he has taught since 1970.

Album: Nuria Rial, Telemann: Opera Arias (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Catalan soprano Nuria Rial here explores the largely uncharted terrain of Georg Philipp Telemann's operatic arias, rarely performed today, despite his having composed an estimated 50 operas during a most prolific career.

Take the plunge: Therme Erding is the largest thermal spa in Europe

German spas: the naked truth

In Bavaria, anyone who fancies taking the waters should forget their swimming costume and dive right in

Lafferty sent for scan on injured back

McCoist has new injury worry as Rangers look to bounce back from defeat against Kilmarnock
The referee makes one of three stoppages during the Cup match between Dortmund and Dresden last month

A return to all riot on the east German front

Dynamo Dresden fans are in the vanguard of a new and worrying wave of hooliganism spreading among hordes of disaffected youth in the former GDR

Ready To Wear: Is it wise to dress merely with flattery in mind?

In the most elevated fashion circles it is not always deemed strictly stylish to wear a dress that is simply flattering. Witness the rise of Lady Gaga as a fashion plate par

Between The Covers: 27/11/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Leading article: In praise of compulsory history lessons

That half of Britons in their early twenties do not know that the Romans built Hadrian's Wall, or that Nelson led the British to victory at Trafalgar, is evidence of young people leaving school "woefully undernourished" in history, Michael Gove lamented yesterday. Absolutely right. But the Education Secretary should resist the inevitable Tory temptation to take the National Curriculum back to a focus on Kings and Queens.

Susannah Frankel: Times have changed for shoppers, not just seasons

Moaning about the weather may be a typically British characteristic but Philip Green is perhaps clutching at straws blaming the so far unusually mild winter for flagging high-street sales. "It's been the hottest October and November in history. Nobody can deal with that," he told journalists this week. "Winter goods are tough."

Reckitt fined €24m for price fixing laundry products

Reckitt Benckiser has been fined €24m by the German cartel office for fixing prices on dishwashing and laundry products with its German rival Henkel.

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I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

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The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'