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Louis Vuitton is finding that customers no longer buy handbags for the logo and is changing tack

Not out of fashion: LVMH hits €6bn annual profit mark for first time ever

Sales rebound in fourth quarter after a tough year for French luxury giant

Anya Hindmarch brand has grown from Anya’s first store on London’s Walton Street, to 56 stores globally including flagships in London and Tokyo since it was founded in 1987

Anya Hindmarch hires Valentino chief Stefano Sassi

Accessories brand Anya Hindmarch has bagged itself a new director- one with a luxury pedigree.

Cara Delevingne presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

The unbearable lightness of couture: The spring/summer 2014 collections from Chanel and Dior are the most relevant for decades

Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury

Alexander Fury: Unisex doesn’t always iron out the bumps

Wear, What, Why, When?

London: JW Anderson, Milan: Bottega Veneta, Paris: Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby

Brave new visions for menswear: Blood, sweat, and suits

The autumn/winter 2014 shows took in three cities across two weeks. For next season, designers’ labours yielded a brave new vision  for the modern male, argues Alexander Fury

Models present creations by Emporio Armani at the Fall/Winter 2014 Men's collection

Gucci and Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week: Italian classics have men reaching for their wallets, not iPhones

The twenty-first century habit of instantly recording a show and broadcasting the results across social media is damaging to fashion - but some designers aren't playing ball

Comment: It’s not the riskiest deal Mike Ashley's done

Mike Ashley once boasted he had “balls of steel”. Frankly, for anyone else to spend £45 million on shares in Debenhams after its Christmas drubbing, you’d need them.

Prada’s autumn/winter show in Milan hinted at decadence

Prada delivers spectacle of fashion theatrics during autumn/winter 2014 show

The theatre of fashion - specifically, of the fashion show - is very difficult to get right. It's like walking a tightrope, where you risk falling off into sartorial extremity, or allowing catwalk histrionics to overshadow the clothing on show.

The Dolce and Gabbana medieval-themed show

Middle Ages make dazzling comeback on the catwalks of Milan

A chain-mail coif can work for the 21st century, as a cable-knit hoodie

Alexander Fury: Do more, spend less is my mantra

Doing more will, hopefully, make my waistline less

Tribal: Inspired by Dior’s latest haute couture

The smart guide to sales: Shop next season, this season

Why trawl the autumn/winter sales when spring has officially begun? Because there’s treasure in them there rails, argues Alexander Fury. As January 2014 hits, here’s a guide to getting next season now, for less

The year 2013 in review: Fashion was at its best when it was boldest this year

Hirings and firings made many of the fashion headlines in 2013. But there was something for sensation-seekers on the catwalk, too, if you knew where to look

Alexander Fury: Fashion’s in the air, not a conspiracy

How do five designers alight on the same obscure inspiration? How are ‘trends’ born?

To die for: Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000)

Style File: Dressed to kill - Get the look of an American Psycho

Patrick Bateman’s latest incarnation is as the unlikely antihero of a London stage musical. It’s all in rather questionable taste  – unlike his perennially sharp suiting, says Alexander Fury

Fraggle Frock: Fashion takes its lead from Jim Henson

Fashion takes a serious turn for the furry, fluffy and Jim Henson-y this autumn/winter. Then again, when you're dressed in a giant neon faux-fur jacket, "serious" is probably the wrong word

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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