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British luxury giant sees profit dive 28% to £7.2 million

Amber Anderson, left, and Jade Parfitt have spoken in support of the centre

The stress beneath the surface at fashion week

As a sanctuary for young models has to close, is the industry taking its duty of care seriously?

Matthew Williamson, 40, studied in Manchester:
Williamson’s feminine and fluttery designs are beloved of west London socialites – Sienna Miller is one of his best friends, while Jade Jagger is often seen in his clothes. He studied in Manchester before graduating from Saint Martins in 1994. After working for Monsoon he set up his own label and celebrated his 10th anniversary
with Prince in 2007

London calling! Fashion's leading men hit the road in search of talent

Top names go back to their roots in quest to discover next generation of designers

Travel Agenda: Québec City's winter carnival; Spies in the House of Art; London Fashion Week; Mallorca's La Residencia hotel

Today: The world's largest winter carnival is taking place in Québec City. The annual event has been running since 1894 and continues with night parades, snow sculptures, sleigh rides, husky races and an Arctic Spas Village in the Canadian city until Sunday 12 February(carnaval.qc.ca).

Black Magic: Ann Demeulemeester's capsule for TheCorner.com is for both men and women

'Black is perfect, you can fill it with any emotion'

Ann Demeulemeester's designs are modern, minimal and monochrome. Harriet Walker talks to the queen of darkness

Crystals: All that glitters

It makes bling for teens and cut-glass crystals for the fashion elite. After more than a century in business, how, asks Harriet Walker, does Swarovski keep on sparkling?

Survey reveals nine in 10 people would not wear real fur

Nine in 10 people would not wear real fur despite it making a comeback on the catwalk, according to research today.

The Business On: Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman, Mobile Money Network

He looks strangely familiar

Backstage pass: Behind the scenes at London Fashion Week

The photographer Patrick Lindblom scouts around behind the curtain at the hottest autumn/winter shows...

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Daphne Selfe: 'Cosmetic surgery won't stop you from getting old'

I didn't get my big break until I was 70 I'd had a fairly reasonable career in the 1950s for about five years, but I was nothing special back then; it was the time of all those famous upper-class models such as Barbara Goalen; I was a great big horsey girl, about size 12.

Breath of fresh Eyre at London Fashion Week

Severe Victorian governesses, punk witches and flamboyant Italian socialites: the cast of female characters who stalked the catwalk at London Fashion Week was fascinating, says Susannah Frankel

Letter from the editor: A silver lining

On reflection I may have suffered a bit of an earnest attack yesterday discussing our values, but thank you for your positive responses to what we are trying to do.

Girls muscle in on boys' day in the limelight

Boys will be girls, and girls will be dressed by them: that was the confusing message at the final day of London Fashion Week yesterday. The event wrapped up with a day devoted to menswear, but the main trend on the catwalks was, surprisingly, womenswear.

Joan Smith: Can't be too thin? Oh yes you can

When Samantha Cameron was pictured looking sombre during a show at London Fashion Week, insiders hastily explained that it's not the done thing to reveal emotion when you're sitting in the front row. A more obvious explanation for SamCam's expression is that she couldn't believe her eyes as the Swedish model Chloe Memisevic glided down the catwalk, looking like a woman who is barely acquainted with the concept of a proper meal. Apparently Memisevic is hugely in demand by labels such as Erdem, and that's more important than that she looks malnourished.

Witches invade the catwalk – as McQueen continues to cast spell

London Fashion Week's relentless march into autumn 2011 – and, eventually, your wardrobe – paused yesterday morning to celebrate one of its most illustrious sons.

LIVE! London Fashion Week - live stream from the catwalks

Grab a piece of the London Fashion Week action as it happens by watching this live stream from the catwalk shows.

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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