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

End of Galliano affair – but the fighting goes on

From Dior to Hermès, the Paris fashion scene is feeling the pressure of big business

Show goes on sans Galliano

It was something like business as usual for Christian Dior yesterday as the autumn/winter 2011 show went ahead after the dismissal earlier this week of creative director John Galliano.

Hermes profits defy economy

Hermes, the French luxury goods label, yesterday became the latest top-end retailer to publish results suggesting this segment of the market is immune to economic fears.

Dior suspends designer Galliano after cafe spat

Fashion house Christian Dior SA suspended creative director John Galliano today after he was detained and accused of an anti-Semitic insult, in a bombshell development days before Paris catwalks heat up for fashion week.

Parisian residents halt Gehry building

A strange sense of architectural déjà vu has gripped the French capital. Parisians, who in their day loathed the Eiffel Tower, the Pompidou Centre and the Louvre Pyramid, are campaigning once again to defeat a revolutionary new building.

Luxury still in style as LVMH profits break €20m barrier

LVMH, the luxury goods group, revealed sales broke through the €20bn (£17bn) barrier for the first time last year, as its chairman defiantly said it had no intention to sell its controversial stake in rival Hermès.

Handbags at dawn: The battle at the heart of French fashion house Hermès

Talks of a takeover are ruffling family feathers at the classic fashion house, Hermès. Susannah Frankel on a battle for the grandest label of them all

LVMH ups its stake in Hermès to reignite bid speculation

LVMH, the luxury goods group, has upped its stake in its smaller rival Hermès to more than 20 per cent, reigniting speculation it could be plotting a takeover.

Hermès family draws up takeover defence

The 60 family shareholders of Hermès, the luxury-goods group famous for its silk scarves and leather bags, spent Friday working on a defence against any future takeover bid by rival LVMH.

Emirates win final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy

Carrying the 4 flag of the host country, and their title sponsors, Emirates Team New Zealand won the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Dubai when they beat the America’s Cup holders, BMW Oracle, 2-0.

René Gruau: Illustrating Dior

An exhibition of drawings by the fashion illustrator who realised Christian Dior’s designs in pen and ink opens at London’s Somerset House tomorrow.

LVMH buys 14.2 per cent stake in rival Hermès for €1.3bn

LVMH, the conglomerate behind Louis Vuitton, Dom Pérignon and Tag Heuer, has made a dramatic swoop on its French rival, Hermès.

Get the look: Fifties sweetheart

Christian Dior's 'New Look' inspires the nostalgia-fest of the autumn season. An hourglass silhouette is unashamedly feminine and even more romantic. Adding 1950s-inspired accessories to match ensures an effect that is just as picture-perfect as the original...

The time of the hourglass

With her circle skirt, cinched waist and cantilevered cleavage, this season's fashion heroine recalls the elegantly silhouetted woman of yesteryear, says Susannah Frankel. Models have rarely looked this curvy

LVMH boosted by luxury goods rebound

Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) confirmed the luxury goods industry's stronger-than-expected rebound yesterday as it posted a 14 per cent rise in underlying third-quarter sales, driven by the solid recovery of its fashion, wines and champagne businesses.

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