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

Ready to Wear: A mid-heel is very much in evidence for the forthcoming season

Paris in the rain. Not that the inclement weather did much to dampen the fashion followers' penchant for wearing elaborate and ever more vertiginous footwear. That's the kind that looks like strangely futuristic vehicles as opposed to anything as pragmatic as a humble shoe, and that is guaranteed to attract strange glances on the school run.

From fashion designer to victim: Yamamoto files for bankruptcy

Japanese label blames recession for sales slump after amassing debts of £42m

Jacobs strides out for Vuitton's Paris futurama

One of the biggest status labels of them all sent out the smallest and most perfectly formed jewel of a collection in Paris today.

Howard Jacobson: It doesn't matter if there's a recession or not, because Armageddon is on its way

It’s business as before. Only this time with a hint of maniacal defiance

Board game: Ruby Wax makes waves in Hawaii

The lifeguards are handsome (if incomprehensible), the food is fantastic – and everything's covered in flowers. Welcome to Hawaii, where everyone says 'Aloha'

Team Origin looks to the future

While most of the 700-plus Olympic sailors were pinned ashore by high winds at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth today, Britain’s America’s Cup challenger, Team Origin, was announcing major plans for the remainder of this year and through 2010.

Britons dominate leaderboard in Weymouth

Windy Weymouth set some testing conditions for the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic regatta. Lifejackets were compulsory, racing for the high performance 49ers was abandoned, and the damage-prone Star boats were brought in after one race.

British World Series participation in doubt

Britain's participation in the Louis Vuitton World Series was still dangling in doubt today despite confident predictions by all the top managers that America's Cup challenger Team Origin would surely be included.

Holidaymakers face fines for buying fake gear

Holidaymakers could be fined thousands of pounds for buying fake designer gear when they go abroad, lawyers warned today.

Pandora: Worrall Thompson lands in the soup (again)

Residents of Peppard, Oxfordshire, were yesterday treated to the sight of chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Ainsley Harriott celebrating the relaunch of Worrall Thompson's Greyhound pub, which was closed last year after the administrators were called in.

Landmark Parisian bookshop to close

Another Paris landmark is no more. Brentano’s, an American bookshop whose customers have ranged from Ernest Hemingway to Johnny Hallyday, has been forced to close by exploding rental demands.

A bit of ruffle: Something for every frill-seeker

Feminine flounces add the finishing touches this season – and from playful swimsuits to cocktail frocks, the high street has something for every frill-seeker

Ready to Wear: On the catwalk shorts are high on the agenda – and on the thigh

Driving around London in a heatwave has never been the most aesthetically pleasing of experiences. Say what you will about the perpetually tanned southern Europeans but, for the most part, they can show us Brits a thing or two about how to dress in the sunshine.

'I am here, voting for the sake of my sons'

"I am so excited," said Arghavan, a young female voter standing in a line stretching around the block at the Hosseinieh Ershad mosque in north Tehran. "Nobody could have imagined how close, how important, how exciting these elections would be."

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