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

Elizabeth Emanuel bounces back with a 'glitzy' collection after a decade in the wilderness

Twenty-nine years after she created Princess Diana's wedding dress, the designer Elizabeth Emanuel will finally show a collection at London Fashion Week.

A brief history of London Fashion Week

Next month marks the return of London Fashion Week, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. The Independent Onine has taken a look through the archives to bring you the fashion event's highs and the lows.

Star names try to beat slump in eco-clothing

Can Chrissie Hynde buck the downward trend?

Carola Long: Why the Obama seal of approval really counts

For an up-and-coming designer, publicity doesn't come much better than having Michelle Obama wear your clothes. "First wife" or celebrity endorsement can be a mixed blessing but Mrs Obama's popularity and fashion credentials make her a dream ambassador for any brand, especially a new one.

What women want: A unique approach to women's fashion

Whether they're inspired by skyscrapers, schoolgirls or Joan Collins, London Fashion Week's female designers have a unique approach to women's wardrobes. Harriet Walker finds out why

London Fashion Week prepares to welcome its second famous Rocha

With London Fashion Week just two months away, the hunt is on for the next British-based design star. Three likely contenders were revealed yesterday when the talent showcase Fashion East announced its latest line-up, with Simone Rocha, the daughter of the designer John Rocha, among the young names hoping to catch the eye of international fashion press and buyers.

Erdem Moralioglu: A man for all seasons

Erdem Moralioglu has transformed the girlish garden print into a modern fashion statement, beloved by everyone from Keira Knightley to Michelle Obama. He talks to Carola Long

Australian fashionistas embrace the new Aboriginal face of 'Vogue'

Samantha Harris's mother was one of the "Stolen Generations", removed from her parents simply because she was black. Now, Ms Harris seems destined to become the first Aboriginal supermodel, after treading the catwalk for 18 designers at Australian Fashion Week and featuring on the cover of next month's Australian Vogue.

Shear elegance: Beate Kubitz's 'sheep to chic' range is a national success story

The plan was simple: buy sheep, spin their coats into wool, turn into designer knitwear

Carola Long: Tradition still sells in Britain

Hardy Amies has a distinguished history, but the challenge it faces is how to make a label known for dressing grand old ladies like the Queen, and which lost its way in the Noughties, relevant in the modern world. Fortunately, the fresh focus on men's tailoring should tap in to a renewed interest in British tradition.

Daddy's girl: Simone Rocha

John Rocha's daughter Simone is to follow in his footsteps. They tell Carola Long about keeping fashion in the family

How We Met: Lara Bohinc & Ernst Malmsten

'I told Lara once, "If you don't cry after this meeting, we probably haven't edited enough"'

Carola Long: 'When the heavens opened, many a look was spoilt by an umbrella with a pattern akin to a pub carpet'

Non-fashion people (as the rest of the world is known during the microcosmic bubble of weirdness that is the international collections) never seem to believe that going to shows is hard work. Well, it is. And actually it's not just the late nights, early mornings and traversing a city six times before lunch – it's also the stress of what the hell to wear.

Softer focus: High street hit-list

What are the new season's best affordable buys? Gemma Hayward reveals her high street hit-list

Giles Deacon: An audience with the king of British fashion

With his latest collection, Giles Deacon is as playful as ever. But as he tells Carola Long, having fun is a serious business
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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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

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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