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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How To Be Beautiful: The buzz on blusher

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.

Spotlight on: Bernard Arnault, Chairman, LVMH

Why is the "wolf in cashmere" back in the news?

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

Fashion Review Of The Year: 2011

From blushing brides to dramatic falls from grace, Susannah Frankel charts the highs and lows of the international style set in 2011

Big Buck's seeks a 14th consecutive win at Ascot
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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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
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
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
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
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