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For ladies with a passion for beauty and fashion

J Crew hires agent to search for UK stores

J Crew, the US fashion retailer popular with first lady Michelle Obama has hired property agent Harper Dennis Hobbs to search for stores in the UK.

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You can't beat a good collaboration, particularly when both sides are close to a fashion follower's heart.

Susannah Frankel: ‘My favourite jeans, J Brand’s Steve, bit the dust when I caught him on a doorknob'

Regular readers of this column will know that when J Brand discontinued its Steve boyfriend jeans (below), this particular denim addict was nothing short of bereft. The best cut for me personally ever, Steve was skinny at the hips, wide-legged and low-slung without ever being rude. All of this was only added to by the fact that he came, as do all J Brand jeans, sans logo and in suitably dark and discreetly distressed denim to boot. Steve bit the dust, though, when I caught him on a doorknob, at which point discreetly distressed transformed into destroyed in a matter of seconds. And oh, how I mourned him.

Susannah Frankel: 'Who could resist Givenchy’s knit, emblazoned with a black panther nestling in a wreath of pansies?'

Due to financial uncertainty, and in some instances, also just uncertainty, my autumn/winter wardrobe is still at planning stage. These are some of the things, however, that in my dreams I might be buying.

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Michelle Obama's style choices can make or break a label. But she's not the only one. Harriet Walker on a visit that's frocking the world

Richemont profits soar on demand for luxury goods

The world's second-biggest luxury goods company, Richemont, said strong demand for its jewellery and watches had produced a surge in its annual profits and sales.

The designer baby boom

It used to be the place to go for bibs, bottles and buggies. Now Mothercare simply can&rsquo;t compete with our love of luxury brands. <b>Alice-Azania Jarvis</b> reports

Why those in the know are no longer in with the It Bag

The once-fashionable accessory does not carry the same weight it once did. Harriet Walker reports on new trend for the utility bag

Get me to the church in style

Need a chic wedding fix? Everyone can be a princess on their big day, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Golden youths: Hip young jewellery designers

A new wave of hip, young jewellery designers is transforming the industry with its ideas. Harriet Walker finds out who's bringing our bling bang up to date

Maternal instincts: What impact does it have on a child's life if their mum works in fashion?

Harriet Walker explores the pleasures and pressures that come with growing up in style

Marc Jacobs: Now we are ten

The Designer is celebrating a decade of his second line, Marc. Its youthful, quirky vision belies a serious fashion success story, says Harriet Walker

My Secret Life: Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer, 63

My parents were... lovely. I adored my father – he was interested in everything, and spoke six languages. He was in the Air Force and ended up doing defence attaché jobs.

Who'll be crowned the king of bling?

Cartier owner Johann Rupert had the luxury jewellery market sewn up. Then Bernard Arnault bought Bulgari, writes John Lichfield
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