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

Margareta Pagano: Three shocks for the world's big carmakers

Two big events last week on opposite sides of the world will shake up the car industry forever, but the way we drive is likely to change most dramatically due to a third, quieter upheaval.

Two women, two fashion businesses, one £450m British success story

One is famed for nostalgia, the other for bringing high fashion to the web. Now Cath Kidston and Natalie Massenet have both sold their firms for huge sums

Harriet Walker: The innovator and the nostalgic

There could hardly be two more divergent success stories in British retail: Natalie Massenet, the innovator, and Cath Kidston, the nostalgic, have both sold stakes in their companies to eager investors aware of the unique strengths behind each brand.

Fashion website founder could net £50m windfall

The founder of the Net-a-Porter website looks set to reap an estimated £50 million windfall today after agreeing to sell her stake in the business to the owner of the Cartier and Montblanc brands.

It's chic to be a Gleek: Why everybody wants to join the Glee club circuit

The American TV hit is taking the UK by storm with pupils joining choirs and styling themselves on the show's geeky stars

Margareta Pagano: No rider should be heavier than his horse, Darling

Chancellor's Budget must stimulate jobs as well

Carola Long: 'Lace ranges from sophisticated seductress to trash goth. Then there's the Readers' Wives red-lace vibe...'

Lady Gaga isn't really one to follow trends. As far as I remember, cloaks made from Kermit puppets weren't that big when she wore one last year. However, her outfit for the Brits chimed with one of this season's key looks: lace.

How I learned to use fame to help others, by supermodel Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell said her generation of supermodels never thought about being celebrities but she has now learned to use her fame to help others.

Fitness kit to set your heart racing

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Naomi Campbell hosts Haiti show that mourns McQueen

Model Naomi Campbell spearheaded a fundraiser fashion show yesterday to benefit Haiti featuring outfits from some of the world's top designers and a tribute to British designer Alexander McQueen.

Carola Long: 'A welcome breeze of practicality is blowing through the collections'

Handbags have been the focus for some of fashion's least ergonomic moments. The oversized clutch was a prime example; when filled too full it looked like a large, lumpy haggis, while the lack of strap made everyday metropolitan activities such as swiping one's Oyster card while swigging a latte almost impossible. Then there's the tiny shoulder bag; purportedly big enough for such girl-about-town essentials as a lipstick and mobile, but in reality barely big enough for a Sim card.

Fashion on the web: Le click, c'est chic

Ten years ago, you had to head to the city to buy designer threads. Then a clutch of new websites changed the way we shop for ever. Harriet Walker on a fashion revolution

Ready to Wear: This is knitting as instant gratification, and that is worth a small fortune

Browsing through an issue of Tatler magazine recently (as you do) I stumbled across the requisite Christmas lists, courtesy of some of this country's so-called style leaders. Whatever, I thought, pausing, nonetheless, at Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter's contribution. She's a woman whose fashion and business credentials to date have proved faultless, after all.

Heavy metal: Add some extra hardware to your wardrobe

Toughen up your look by adding extra hardware – and not just in your toolbox. Gemma Hayward discovers why this season's studs are so riveting
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