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For the new season, don’t just change what clothes you wear – opt for a hardier fragrance as the weather begins to chill

Tuscany on sea: The state-of-the-art Marina di Scarlino at Maremma

Do you want to stake a claim in Tuscany's 'last frontier'?

Investment opportunities on the southern coast of the famous region are opening up

Models present creations for fashion house Gucci as part of the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collections

Milan fashion: Frida Giannini's motherhood brings fresh passion to Gucci's spring

Lots of designers compare designing a collection to having a baby. It's painful, first of all. And hard work. Many resort to drugs to cope. In Milan, where the presentation if the spring/summer 2014 collections began today, you can add the idea that it starts with sex, given the sensual nature of most Italian fashion. It's also a new beginning, new life and hope. That sappy suff.

Sport is a theme fashion alights on every now and again, pepping up jackets with zips, mesh panels and bonded finishes

Gucci jockeys for pole position in Milan's race to sports style

A general consensus has been reached: Milanese designers want men kitted-out in high-tech, high definition, but above all high fashion sportswear for next summer.

GQ's Buzz Bissinger

Men who shop 'til they drop

If you believe the image portrayed in both the media and in cinemas (Confessions Of A Shopaholic, anyone?), addiction to spending is a solely female affliction. But the tale of Buzz Bissinger, a US author who has revealed an addiction to Gucci clothing, has shed light on what a damaging effect the disorder can have on men.

Ram-raiders smash Mercedes through doors of Gucci's Sloane Street store

Ram-raiders have used a Mercedes to smash their way into Gucci's flagship London store in Kensington.

Models wearing Bottega Veneta at Milan, yesterday

Leather booms as Italian fashion falters

Luxury goods exports see huge rise, reports Rebecca Gonsalves from Milan Fashion Week

Models walk the runway during the Gucci show at Milan Fashion Week

Gucci in Milan: Sex still sells in the capital of commerce

Few items of clothing have the stature or symbolism to warrant a 60th anniversary celebration. But that’s the star treatment that Gucci’s horsebit loafer received, with the launch of a dedicated exhibition at the brand’s museum in Florence.

What recession? Luxury brands Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney spur PPR sales surge

British luxury brands Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney helped French group PPR post a 28% jump in net profit for 2012.

The best Christmas gifts for the gent

Main image: eclectic bronze shoe door stop by Tom Dixon, £145, Selfridges; selection of frames, from £5, John Lewis

The 10 Best women's watches

Time for a change? From dive-proof to dainty, here's our pick of bang up-to-the-minute wrist candy

Sales rises are in the bag for Gucci owner PPR

Delicately woven leather Bottega Veneta bags and finely made Yves Saint Laurent fashions helped their owner prove there is not a luxury goods sales slowdown.

Heaven for Leather: A smart and sexy trend

You don't have to be a biker or a rocker to tap into a trend that can be smart or sexy, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Broderie anglaise shirt, £2,080 and skirt, £2,260, both by Louis Vuitton, 160 New Bond Street, London W1, 020-7758 9288; night-time crystal Bracelet, £190, by Swarovski, Swarovski.com

You're wearing what? Our style experts offer the Oscar nominees a few hints...

Dressing up for that sashay down the red carpet can quickly turn into a dressing-down in print the next day. So how can you, dear Oscar nominees, ensure you're a hit with even the most hostile fashion commentators?

Models on the runway at the Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 fashion show

Gucci targets luxury clientele with autumn collection

It was clear at the Gucci show in Milan today which sectors are not yet feeling the pinch, with a series of red carpet dresses to tempt celebrities ahead of this weekend’s Oscars ceremony, and an autumn collection of velvet, silk and brocade separates that will play well among the label’s luxury-focussed clientele in China.

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