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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

Fashion: Corduroy - the new velvet

Geography teachers were ahead of their time. Cord is the fabric this winter, and it's coming to a store near you.

Real shopping: Style Police - Men in black

You can blame Tom Ford at Gucci for the fact that colours are taboo in this autumn's wardrobe for the well-dressed male, says JAMES SHERWOOD

Prada steals march on Gucci in fashion war

IF THE much-publicised rivalry between Armani and Versace was the Italian fashion story that dominated the Eighties, the nineties have been all about Prada and Gucci.

Fashion: Tonight I'm gonna party like it's pounds 19.99

High-street stores may have taken a battering of late, but they'll be every 21st-century girl's destination.

Bulgari fuels talk of bid for Fendi

SPECULATION IS mounting that the Italian luxury goods group Bulgari, whose jewellery is worn by the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones and Lady Helen Taylor, is planning a takeover bid for rival firm Fendi, also Italian and famous for its miniature croissant handbags that are favoured by Naomi Campbell.

Design: Shopping News

THE DESIGNER Stephen Einhorn will be having his first ever sale today, starting at 10am. Reductions of up to 50 per cent on jewellery, bathroom and dress mirrors, and pewter corkscrew/bottle-opener key-rings. Einhorn also offers a bespoke service specialising in wedding and engagement rings, and promises 5 per cent off for customers quoting The Independent. Visit the store at 210 Upper Street, London N1 (0171-359 4977), or the website: www.stepheneinhorn.co.uk

STYLE POLICE: Hawaii - here we go

Irony rules at Club Tropicana this season, as the lads take a shine to exotic prints. The brighter the better, says JAMES SHERWOOD

Fashion: Man in black

Adored from Milan to Hollywood, Tom Ford is the designer who put the glamour back into Gucci

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LVMH files actions

Gucci wins the right to buy YSL

GUCCI, THE Italian luxury goods group is preparing to buy the French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent from its owner, Francois Pinault, for $1bn, after a Dutch court said the $3bn alliance between Gucci and Mr Pinault could go ahead.

Off the peg: Is fashion going to the dogs? Gucci gives Bruno a new leash of life

hen you have to confess that your dog, yes, your dog, is better dressed than you are, it's a sad day. Last week, Bruno, my nine-month- old Weimeraner, was given a green box embossed in gold with the legend "Gucci". It contained a dog lead and collar covered with a lurid turquoise floral fabric (a cross between Pucci and Brentford Nylons - but in a very nice way). The gift is just one of the 51 new Gucci accessories. This range also includes a cat collar, condom holder, Tampax box, mobile phone case and pillow. All really crucial purchases then.

Gucci presses LVMH to raise bid

THE ITALIAN designer house Gucci yesterday raised the pressure on LVMH, the French luxury brands giant, to increase its hostile $85 per share offer ahead of their courtroom meeting this week.

Print and the revolution

Whether wearing a tea dress or a new take on the Hawaiian shirt, we can all be a vision in colourful prints this spring. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Francesca Sorrenti

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Sacred Heart

Battle for Gucci takes a legal turn

THE TITANIC struggle for control of Gucci, the Italian fashion house, last night appeared to be heading back to the courtroom after the board rejected a higher $8.3bn bid from LVMH, the French luxury goods group.
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