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Will British babies ever smell as sweet as their French cousins? Tamsin Blanchard reports

95 FOR 95

Anouk Aimee, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Dodgy, Kirsty Hume, Neil Kinnock, Jacques Santer, David Unsworth. . . . . . . an A to Z of 95 names that you will be hearing much more about this year - whether you like it or not

Art revival lifts Christies' fortunes

SALES of art collections of Barbra Streisand and the late Malcolm Forbes helped to push auction sales at Christies International to pounds 781m last year, the auctioneer's best figures since the market's peak in 1990, writes Nigel Cope.

Ribbons and bows add flair to Givenchy's autumn collection

A MODEL wearing a long black transparent evening dress with bow from Givenchy's autumn/winter collection. Haute Couture is as much about gift wrapping as it is about razor sharp cutting and snug tailoring and at the Givenchy show yesterday, the decoration rarely overstepped the mark and the clothes were elegant, if a touch conservative - with emphasis on ribbons and bows on dresses, blouses and jackets, writes Tamsin Blanchard.

High fashion furs fetch wild prices

'SURELY that won't fetch much,' whispered one awestruck spectator in the auction room at Christie's. A wicked little sable coat, bristlingly real, was dangled in front of the bidders. The catalogue guide price read pounds 150- pounds 250.

'Eight couture' of a dedicated follower of fashion on sale

Let's talk about Mrs Heard de Osborne. A petite, bird-like beauty with a Lollobrigida-esque penchant for heavy eyeliner, Mrs Heard de Osborne was a shop-a-holic. Not just any old shop-a-holic. Mrs Heard de Osborne had a serious thing about clothes.

An old master offers seamless simplicity: The Givenchy collection stands out among the gimmicks in Paris, Alison Veness reports

HIS designs may not be the toast of Paris or launch a thousand imitations, but for Hubert du Givenchy, la mode is an evolution.

Sales]: Looking for a bargain? Start the search here

From smash-and-grab raids in the Harrods china department to the refined account customer preview at Jaeger, the January sales are still somehow special. Most of them start in December and - great news for last-minute Christmas shoppers - a few are already on. So check out our sales guide and pick the best shops for bargains.

MMC investigated perfume house meetings

EVIDENCE that the UK heads of Yves St Laurent, Givenchy, Calvin Klein and other luxury perfume houses met privately under the auspices of an obscure West Country-based organisation has been under investigation by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission as part of its inquiry into uncompetitive practices in the fragrance industry.

Bunhill: Report from the Monopolies Commission

THE report from the Monopolies Commission into the luxury fragrances industry landed on Neil Hamilton's desk at the DTI last week. The industry was investigated after Superdrug complained that the 'cosy club' of parfumiers was unfairly refusing to supply it.

FASHION / Going lightly: Audrey Hepburn was dressed by Givenchy for nearly 40 years. Marion Hume describes more than a professional relationship

Audrey Hepburn's white oak coffin was carried to the grave by the men in her life: her brother, her two sons, her second husband, her partner Robert Wolders and her friend of 40 years, Hubert de Givenchy.

Column Eight: Buyers turn nosey

The heady fragrance of luxury parfums wafts through the air at Breams Buildings where Sir Bryan Carsberg, the newly installed head of the OFT, is coming to a ruling on the perfumes industry.

Fashion: Secrets for success

1. Go for maximum simplicity. Trims are fine, but at the bottom of a jacket or skirt they truncate the body.

Givenchy gives way on retail

THE European Commission has approved conditions set by Parfums Givenchy, part of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, for marketing of its goods after the French perfumes and cosmetics maker agreed to give its stockists complete freedom to sell rival products.
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