News Julie Deane says there is a big potential market in China for her bags

Julie Deane set up her business at home with £600. Now she has raised $21m to help sell her bags worldwide

A return to Stupidland: Ten years after the dotcom boom

The trailblazers of the first dotcom boom made millions. Hoping to join their ranks was Andrew Marshall – but then the bubble burst. Ten years later, as the new web giants are valued at billions, he argues that it is his generation's failures that have made it all possible

Natalie Massenet: The queen of e-tail

The pioneering founder of Net-a-Porter transformed online fashion by giving women exactly what they want. With the imminent launch of her website for men, she might just do it all over again

Ready To Wear: Lower legs like a yeti? Shampoo and brush them

A goat isn't just for Christmas. And neither, for that matter, is a pair of goatskin boots. Instead, they are something of a commitment, as it turns out.

Wild things: With animal print it's cool to be kitsch

Don't hold back – animal print is everywhere this season, on scarves, gloves, trainers and even bloomers. It's cool to be kitsch, says Harriet Walker

Ultimate Christmas gift guide: Part one

In the first of a two-part special, Eliisa Makin picks the perfect presents for foodies, pet lovers, children, sports fans... and those unexpected guests...

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A style survivor: Donatella Versace is teaching a new generation of designers how to thrive

Once a party animal, now the head of a fashion empire, Donatella Versace has lived through both good times and bad. Now she's teaching a new generation of designers how to thrive. Susannah Frankel meets her

Ready To Wear: The ultimate fashion gift? Walk this way, shoe-lovers

Pretenders to the Imelda Marcos/ Sarah Jessica Parker/Theresa May flagrant footwear fetishist throne might like to know that the world's most unashamedly indulgent and recession- unfriendly Christmas gift has arrived.

Fashion website continues to defy market gravity

There may be pain on the high street, but Asos has had a bumper year. Susannah Frankel reports

All the essential fashion you need for winter

Harriet Walker picks the essential pieces to see you through the season ahead

Actress Emma Thompson honoured as female role model

Emma Thompson, Florence Welch and Sam Taylor-Wood have been named Women of the Year.

Michelle Obama: The three billion dollar woman

A New York professor of finance has revealed Mrs Obama's staggering impact on the world of fashion

Woman jailed for stealing £1.7 million from employer

A cashier at a firm of solicitors who stole £1.7 million over seven years to finance a luxurious lifestyle for herself and her husband was today jailed for five years.

Bright side: A new generation of brands is spanning the space between high-end and high street

They're chic, playful, affordable – just don't call it 'diffusion', says Rhiannon Harries
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine