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Tuesday 06 October 2009
Stella McCartney kicked off proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday with a show that appeared to reference childhood memories of her mother's wardrobe with easy denim separates, fine-gauge knitwear and relaxed tailoring in summery shades straight out of the 1970s.
Friday 29 May 2009
"Lacroix, sweetie," Edina in Absolutely Fabulous often answered when asked what she was wearing, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world. Given the circles that the TV satire focused upon, it probably was. The exuberant designs that characterise this designer's work, inspired, he has said, by his southern France childhood, was as integral a part of the upwardly mobile 1980s as the Filofax and the predominance of matt black.
Monday 18 May 2009
Friday 15 May 2009
An invite arrives to a House of Commons reception next month to unveil a report on how to encourage investment in green technology. A worthy aim, but will the bash still be on by the time we get there? It's just that the invite comes from Elliot Morley, the MP who forgot he'd paid off his mortgage and claimed another £16,000 for it. What chance of him still being around in June to buy the drinks?
Tuesday 14 April 2009
Popular brands have called for stricter policing of the internet, as they fear fraud will soar during the first "digital recession".
Tuesday 27 January 2009
"More Dior than Dior." That was how Christian Dior billed its spring/ summer haute couture collection yesterday. It was the first major show of Paris Couture Week, and offered the first answer as to how the luxury houses might respond aesthetically to the recession.
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Monday 06 October 2008
No prizes for guessing the "senior Conservative" and "leading member of David Cameron's top team" who alleged that Mandy dripped "Pure Poison" (presumably not the type made by Dior) when describing Gordon Brown
Wednesday 23 July 2008
The buying spree that characterises contemporary fashion goes back to the Nineties, when France's luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and its visionary CEO Bernard Arnault began to acquire designer labels with a voracity that was unprecedented.
Wednesday 16 July 2008
Monday 30 June 2008
A French court ordered eBay to pay €38.6m (£30.6m) to luxury goods group LVMH for allowing the sale of fake merchandise, in a ruling immediately appealed by the online auction website.
Wednesday 11 June 2008
One of the great landmarks of central Paris, derelict for the past three years, is to be converted into a spectacular, river-front hotel.
Saturday 26 April 2008
Monday 30 October 2006
As Lawrence Dallaglio was quick to point out, results may yet prove otherwise but there is a whiff of decay in English rugby which an impending joust with the All Blacks is hardly likely to dispel. Wasps were desperately undercooked in 28-degree heat close to the Mediterranean and, by their own admission, are way off the peak of yeoman power with which they won the Heineken Cup in 2004.
Friday 02 June 2006
Monday 10 October 2005
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