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

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Blusher is one of the most useful make-up bag items, yet it's also the one we're most likely to misuse. Put to its proper purpose – the addition of a little healthy colour and added dimension – it does its job admirably. It's when we start employing it to create the illusion of cheekbones, manically sculpting in light and shade, that things go awry. This kind of contouring is best left to the professional make-up artist; rendered by an inexpert hand it looks as subtle as a child's painting-by-numbers kit.

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Bruno Guillon named as new Mulberry CEO

British success story Mulberry today unveiled a Frenchman as its new chief executive.

Following a racist and anti-Semitic outburst in a Paris café at the end of February, John Galliano was sacked from the house of Christian Dior

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John Galliano worked at Dior for 15 years before being sacked last March after a racist outburst; right, Raf Simons

Jil Sander's golden boy tipped to fill Galliano's flamboyant shoes at Dior

Raf Simons would bring a more purist aesthetic to the grand French fashion house

Hermes raises revenue forecasts

Hermes raised forecasts for revenues this year amid growing demand for its scarves, accessories and leather bags, in a reminder of the luxury goods company's attraction for rival LVMH, whose advances Hermes is trying to fend off.

EU quotas on cards if boards don't recruit women

Viviane Reding the EU's gender equality commissioner, warned last week that Europe will suffer if it does not promote more women to top positions because of a shortage of talent across an ageing continent.

Phoebe Philo: The British fashion designer who is leading the pack

Philo single-handedly turned around the fortunes of a Paris fashion house. Then she quit it all to start a family. Now, heading up another grand French brand, she's back in the game – and determined to play it her way

Sales rise of 17% puts fizz back into LVMH

LVMH, the world's biggest luxury goods group, posted sparkling first-quarter sales figures for all of its businesses. The maker of Moët et Chandon champagne and Louis Vuitton handbags saw its sales grow by 17 per cent to €5.25bn (£4.6bn) over the three months, and reported "strong momentum" in the US, Europe and Asia. Revenues for watches and jewellery surged by 28 per cent.

Loewe shifts its global design

Spanish luxury leather specialist Loewe is embarking on a global roll out of a store design by fashion's favourite architect, Peter Marino, despite being hit by the Japanese disaster.

Marc Jacobs executive sues firm over 'oppressively gay' office

There is a pole at the fashion house that bears the name of New York's socialite designer Marc Jacobs, but it is of the dancing – rather than greasy – variety. And employees seeking advancement had better not mind looking at gay porn with the boss.

Loewe rolls out new store design worldwide

Spanish luxury brand Loewe, part of French giant LVMH, is embarking on a global roll-out of a new store design by retail architect supremo Peter Marino. This week it opened in Mount Street, London, following its debut in Valencia. Loewe chief executive Lisa Montague (left) is working with creative director Stuart Vevers to improve and widen the brand's appeal. Locations next on the list for the new design are Barcelona, Madrid, China, Japan and Taiwan.

Even men know luxury brands need more of a woman's touch

LVMH has many female executives,including its head of human resources. Margareta Pagano meets Chantal Gaemperle

A flourish for fetish: Louis Vuitton unleashes its new objects of desire

The final day of Paris fashion week brought with it collars, corsetry and cuffs on the catwalk

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