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Cashmere wolf bites at Gucci's heels

THEY CALL him "the wolf in cashmere clothing" and yesterday Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) confirmed his reputation as the the most wily character in international fashion.

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People and; Business: Nice Gucci outfit for sale

WHEN Paolo Gucci, flamboyant member of the Italian fashion dynasty, died recently, he was still bankrupt, having divorced his wife and suffered financial ruin three years ago. Now Mr Gucci's American -appointed trustee in bankruptcy, Frank Sinatra (apparently, Sinatra is a common name in New York Italian circles), is using a British accountant David Coyne of Buchler Phillips to sell the Gucci country house and stud farm in Sussex, Millfield Farm.

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Gucci: Hell for leather

The name means flash, cash and black shiny bags. It also means violent family feuding, boardroom intrigue and now - with Patrizia Gucci's conviction for the contract killing of her former husband - murder

Gucci's ex-wife guilty of killing

A TALE of greed, jealousy and hate came to a close yesterday when a Milan court convicted the former wife of the fashion heir Maurizio Gucci of his contract murder and sentenced her to 29 years in prison.

Fashion: And here's one I made earlier

DIY was de rigueur at Milan fashion week with collections looking inspired by Blue Peter. Do try this at home: People want clothes that stand up as interesting and individual pieces

Real People: Whip me, beat me, buy me

Provocative images of bondage, rubber and S&M are the new rage in fashion advertising. What's going on? asks James Sherwood

Design: He's a dedicated follower of furniture

Like the shirt? This man is a fashion phenomenon, and he attributes his success to a pair of chair designers.

Fashion: It's a drag

Next week's Pride 98 march will see some serious dressing up and showing off. Melanie Rickey talks to four drag queens, regular Pride-goers, about what fashion - and dressing up - means to them

Is it worth it? The toes knows

Flip-flops used to be the footwear equivalent of the hankie-on- the-head. Now they've become the ultimate fashion statement for the seriously stylish

Gucci murder trial closes in on 'Black Widow' accused over Gucci's killing

UNTIL yesterday, the only mystery still to be solved in the open- and-shut case of the murder of Maurizio Gucci in 1995 was how deeply his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani - nicknamed the Black Widow - was involved.

Italy agog for Gucci `trial of century'

PATRIZIA Reggiani's hatred of her late ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, was immense, and she made no secret of the fact. "It had become an obsession: I wanted to find a killer for Maurizio, and in 1994 I confessed this to my best friend," Ms Reggiani wrote in a memorandum sent to magistrates last month.
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