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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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Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
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Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
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Homage or plagiarism?

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

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