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

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

Mid-heels: the height of chic?

As lower-height shoes return from fashion's wasteland, our style experts debate whether this Nineties revival is fabulous or frumpy

Pandora: That's... er, business: Dave's economic tome

Musician, producer, philanthropist and now... economist? Apparently so. Dave Stewart, the multi-faceted guitarist from Eurythmics is to pen a business book.

Finishing touches: Whimsical accessories for this spring

Cinderella slippers, quilted handbags and strawberry earrings – accessories this spring are as whimsical as they are light and pretty, says Gemma Hayward

10-point guide to social climbing

With the revelation he is to work for luxury goods firm LVMH, Tony Blair shares the secrets of success (as imagined by the <i>IoS</i>)

Nails - a real talon contest

Want to know how you can stay at the sharp end of style? The answer is at your fingertips, where street meets chic, says Harriet Walker

Bling it on! Embrace statement accessories

Statement accessories are the smart and affordable way to update last year&rsquo;s party looks, says Gemma Hayward. Be bold and embrace embellishment

Favourites bundled out of Louis Vuitton Trophy

The favourites were toppled off Nice yesterday when Emirates Team New Zealand was bundled out of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, whitewashed 2-0 in a light airs final that entirely suited the Sardinia-based Italian team Azzurra.

Disappointing fourth for British in Louis Vuitton Trophy series

A disappointing fourth was the reward for Ben Ainslie and Britain’s America’s Cup challenger Team Origin in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series off Nice.

Ainslie gets revenge as Team Origin win

An emphatic win for Britain’s Team Origin in the semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Nice squared the best of three at 1-1 as skipper Ben Ainslie took revenge for the opening loss to Italy’s Team Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni.

Thomson forced to retire from Transat race

The gremlins which have plagued Alex Thomson’s ocean racing career have struck again, a hole in the bow of his Open 60 Hugo Boss forcing him to retire from the Transat Jacques Vabre when lying in fourth place.

Luiss Vuitton Trophy heats up as Russians beat Origin

Britain’s lions, in the form of Team Origin, became the second victims of a rampant Russian bear crew on Synergy today as the eight America’s Cup syndicates continued their battle for the four semi-final places in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Nice.

Gavin Hodge: Celebrity hairdresser who scandalised Sixties society when he eloped with a teenager

Gavin Hodge was a hugely fashionable hairdresser who, beginning in the London of the swinging Sixties, packed into his life an inordinate amount of drink, drugs and sex. While his claim to have bedded 2,000 women seems implausible, his frank admission that he was addicted to women had the ring of truth about it.

Caffari and Thompson build on good start

Going into the second night of the double handed Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre to Costa Rica , three of the British teams, Samantha Davies and Sidney Gavignet (Artemis), Mike Golding and Javier Sanso (MGYR) and Alex Thomson and Ross Daniel (Hugo Boss) were 10th, 12th and 13th in the 14-boat Open 60 fleet.

Queen of the high street: Mary Portas is hoping to help independents with her new retail masterclasses

She's best known for the BBC2 TV show Mary, Queen Of Shops, where she's revived flagging retail businesses, but Mary Portas wasn't always set for a career on the high street. In her youth, she had ambitions of being an actress and even gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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