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our new model army

What have Londoners got that has the world's model agencies scouring the capital's streets for new faces? We join scouts from Select in the search for that indefinable look; 4 'London is such a melting pot, you get more mixed backgrounds here and more interesting looks' 4

Securum unloads Gucci building

Securum, the asset management group set up by the Swedish government to handle the bad debts of failed lender Nordbanken, has made another high-profile disposal.

Luxury time for Gucci's survivor

The man who dragged the great brand out of its period of civil war and naffness savours victory; THE MONDAY INTERVIEW; Domenico De Sole

FASHION: Lean, mean and dangerous to own

The shirt is back - but not the oversized, manly garment loved by those with something to hide. This new version is more slimline boy meets rock chick. Tamsin Blanchard is ready to button up

OBITUARY : Paolo Gucci

Paolo Gucci, the former vice-president and managing director both of Gucci Shops Inc and Gucci Parfums of America, was a key player in the power struggle for control of the Gucci leather goods and fashion empire. In fact, it was Paolo who initiated an extraordinary series of lawsuits that would eventually lead to the downfall of the Guccis, who in the early Nineties were forced to sell the family business to the Arab investment bank Investcorp.

Snakes alive! Gucci goes wild

The label synonymous with little buckles on loafers has transformed itself into the season's sensation. Tamsin Blanchard reports from Milan. Photographs by Peter Macdiarmid

Six of the best boots

1 Pied a Terre Rouge, pounds 225 Devilishly high, and slim fitting, so not for those with athletic calf muscles. Also in black suede. Pied a Terre, 31 Old Bond Street, London W1, and 14 Sloane Street, London SW1

Six of the best metallic accessories; Shine on

This autumn, bags and shoes have the car-paint look

The world will always welcome loafers

Sally Williams joins the queue for the shoes we can't live without

LEADING ARTICLE:The catwalks are due for a truce

The murder of Maurizio Gucci will perhaps prompt the fashion world to reflect upon vicious times. The designer's great rival, Valentino, may have called its perfume Vendetta, but the killing of the last member of the Gucci dynasty will shock even an industry that basks in mutual hatreds and intrigue. A spate of muggings for trainers was until now as close as the business got to actual bloodletting.

Bloody end of a fashionable affair

Andrew Gumbel charts the rise and fall of the house of Gucci, a dynasty whose success sparked fierce sibling rivalry

Gucci heir shot dead at Milan office

Maurizio Gucci, heir to the Italian fashion family that has clothed and shod the famous since the turn of the century, was shot dead yesterday morning in the lobby of his office building in central Milan, in the most violent episode yet in a long-running family saga of ambition and betrayal.

OBITUARY:Maurizio Gucci

Maurizio Gucci, the former chairman of the Gucci leather goods and fashion empire, was the last of the Guccis to be involved with the company bearing the family name.

Fashion Update: Karan's a-coming

NEW YORK CITY woman Donna Karan is coming to London. She's to open her European flagship in Bond Street, a site that was formerly occupied by Gucci. It's 12,300 square feet and Donna's paying pounds 525,000 to rent it.

Who spends pounds 500 on clothes in a day?: Keith Springer

On a Saturday afternoon in Sloane Street money moves as relentlessly and devastatingly as molton lava. Keith Springer, 32, is going with the flow. He is a serious spender.
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