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

Ready to Wear: Curiosity rarely extends to what the fashion fraternity might smell like

It stands to reason that anyone attending the twice-yearly women's ready- to-wear collections, currently in full flow, is likely to find their wardrobe scrutinised to a point more associated with fashion life than anything even approaching reality.

Head over heels: Designer plans own shoe shop

Shoe designer Aruna Seth is celebrating the first anniversary of her brand in style, announcing plans for her own store in Chelsea. Seth has defied critics during the downturn with extravagant designs including a £2,500 high-heel encrusted with thousands of Swarovski crystals and has just provided shoe designer PPQ of Mayfair and Ashley Isham at London Fashion Week.

Tailor-made to take fashion into the 21st century

Richard Northedge talks to impresario Harold Tillman, the man who boosted London's haute couture reputation

Bravissimo reveals the 'real women' fronting their next campaign

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the campaign against Size 0. First Debenhams introduced size 16 mannequins in stores, then Mark Fast chose to use plus size models during London Fashion Week and now Bravissimo have revealed they are to use real customers in their ads.

Design a better future with Great Britons

Getting a break in the fashion industry isn’t easy, but two entrants in the Great Britons programme are hoping this is their chance

Men's fashion takes centre stage at London Fashion Week

From Savile Row suits to S&M leathers, the autumn/winter menswear shows at London Fashion Week today ranged right across the style spectrum. In the morning Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were among the guests at an extremely genteel, cucumber sandwich-fuelled presentation at Hardy Amies, but by the afternoon the gimp masks were out in force.

Burberry proves it's plugged into the British weather...

Fashion isn't always as attuned to the weather as the British public but – appropriately, given the current conditions – the autumn/winter shows at London Fashion Week have been firmly focused on coats – and no one does luxurious, practical outerwear better than the British label Burberry Prorsum. With images of falling rain projected on to the sides of the marquee and guests protecting themselves from the real rain cascading down outside with Burberry's signature checked umbrellas, the season's practical message was underlined perfectly.

Pandora: Benn suspicious about tales of 'bully' Brown

With spinning supremo Max Clifford newly recruited to represent Christine Pratt, expect the now-notorious National Bullying Helpline boss to start fighting her corner soon.

Basso and Brooke show signature prints

Basso and Brooke showed their signature tight, digital print dresses today as London Fashion Week neared its climax, with the highly anticipated Burberry collection set to be unveiled.

London Fashion Week: Day 4, Nicole Fahri, Antonio Beradi, Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilinic, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Paul Smith

Another jam-packed day of fashion fun in the capital, starting with Nicole Farhi whose collection was clean and fresh for autumn, in dark colours, chic neutrals and sumptuous fabrics. Beautiful double-breasted camel coats were belted over shimmering draped jersey dresses.

Christopher Kane updates the little black dress at London Fashion Week

When Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel created the little black dress in the Twenties, she could hardly have foreseen the sexy leather and lace versions which graced London Fashion Week today. The enduring appeal of the classic garment is thanks to the fact that it can be constantly updated, and several designers took full advantage of this quality.

Wearable clothes - a novelty for Fashion Week?

Stylish, wearable clothes which do not demand a model's body or a film star's lifestyle: that was what several designers delivered at London Fashion Week yesterday. British labels Betty Jackson and Richard Nicoll showed a luxe utility look for autumn and winter 2010, using practical or sports-inspired pieces in the finest fabrics.

London Fashion Week: Kinder Aggugini, Fashion East, Topshop Unique, Mark Fast

Fashion Week continues apace, but here are some pictures from yesterday. Highlights included Kinder Aggugini's Napoleonic-inspired collection, completed with adorable 2D berets and tricorns by milliner Stephen Jones.

Hair up, heels on, frock zipped... Go!

A Slice of Britain: Frenetic, kinetic, absurd. The world behind the scenes of designer Kinder Aggugini's show at Somerset House is barely controlled chaos until the models hit the catwalk – with perfect poise

Tears from Moss as fashion remembers Haiti – and McQueen

London Fashion Week begins with minute's silence for designer
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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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The future of songwriting

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific