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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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve