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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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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform