Life and Style The Lanvin runway show at Paris Fashion Week

Fashion's all about evolution and revolution. Particularly in the pursuit of the new, and youthful. The Lanvin autumn/winter 2014 collection was both: at least, on paper. The styles referenced eighties new-wave, skinny models with partially-shaved hairstyles marching out in acid-bright varsity-jackets, skinny ties and giant trainers like characters from a Bret Easton Ellis novel.

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French fashion's entente cordiale

Their labels have already conquered women's wardrobes. Now Sandro's range for men will turn the guys Gallic too, says Harriet Walker

Handbags and (luxury) gladrags booming at YSL

Yves Saint Laurent handbags and Brioni suits have helped French luxury group PPR post a strong start to 2012 reporting €3.3bn in turnover for the first quarter.

Coach powers ahead – with a little help from Gwyneth

A taste for American leather handbags and shoes promoted by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow has helped Coach report a 21 per cent rise in net profits to $225m (£140m) on sales up 17 per cent to $1.1bn for the third quarter.

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Japanese fashion: Eastern Promises

Japanese fashion designers first made a splash in Europe 30 years ago, but Tokyo’s talents and streetwear styles are the next big thing in modern menswear. Adam Welch reports

Blue jacket £195; Breton top £45; chinos £89

The final piece of the puzzle

High-street label Jigsaw returns to its Nineties roots with the revival of its menswear range. Welcome back! says Rebecca Gonsalves

A model shows off part of the Stella McCartney ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2012 collection for Paris Fashion Week

McCartney brings curtain up in Paris with a flash of British style

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday at the Hôtel de Ville, the neo-Gothic city hall, and a reminder of the French capital's historic power and grandeur. Beneath the building's monumental, gilded, vaulted ceiling, models stepped out in the sort of oversized broad-shouldered masculine tailoring that is sweeping the runways and looks set to be a major trend.

Will Poulter stars in British crime drama 'Wild Bill', out on 23 March

Agenda: Toast; Will Poulter; Bigkids; the Bon Bon bar; Game Of Thrones

Fashion: Toast of the town

Models at London Fashion Week showcase designs from Martine Rose and Astrid Andersen

Menswear finds its swagger to escape role as poor relation of British fashion

Menswear is typically considered the poor relation to its feminine counterpart in the fashion world, and nowhere is this poor-relation status more evident than at London Fashion Week, where a day of menswear is usually tacked on to the end of five days of womenswear shows. However, yesterday's enactment of this tradition should mark the end of this plight, as the boys are due to break free with a dedicated three-day event in June.

A flash of brash in a fitting finale to Fashion Week

Tradition gives way to colour, glitz – and a glam-rock vibe
Spring / Summer 2012

Meet Mr Anderson

Away from the main catwalks, another young star is rising in London's firmament. Rebecca Gonsalves meets him

Both Mugler and Versace (pictured) gave us pastels galore, sometimes from head to toe

Your new-season shopping list: Menswear essentials

Print, pastel and Fifties references – menswear takes on a new and dynamic aspect for spring, says Lee Holmes

James Long: First menswear designer to win funding through the BFC’s Fashion Forward scheme for emerging talent. Born in Northamptonshire, his signature style is 'leather, knits, and strong, bold, directional menswear'

Crisis on the catwalk over Britain's fashion brain drain

New initiative launched to halt overseas exodus of up-and-coming designers

Blue Inc's purchase of 21 D2 stores could save 200 jobs

Blue Inc, the young fashion chain backed by Sir Stuart Rose, is poised to buy 21 stores of the jeans retailer D2 out of administration, which could save about 200 high street jobs.

Stuart Rose firm bids for collapsed D2 jeans stores

Blue Inc, the young fashion chain backed by Sir Stuart Rose, is poised to buy 21 stores of the jeans retailer D2 out of administration, which could save about 200 high street jobs.

Get £100 off Jaeger men's suits

Luxury British brand Jaeger has teamed up with The Independent to offer £100 off all full-price men's suits between 1 and 28 September 2011. This season, the Jaeger menswear collection celebrates the brand’s rich sartorial heritage by offering the very best tailoring in the finest of fabrics. Working closely with British mills and weavers, Jaeger is combining luxurious British fabrics with contemporary suit styles to create a smart modern suit collection, perfect for both business and the weekend.

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