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Matthew Williamson, the fashion designer famous for his friendships with stars including Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, plans to restructure and grow his business this year, after it made £1.6m pre-tax loss in 2012.

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Factory output jumps in Europe

Daughter of Matalan founder saves Nicole Fahri brand

Maxine Hargreaves-Adams bought the retailer for an undisclosed sum

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Travelzest's bank credit runs out

Nicole Farhi is the latest retailer to fall by the wayside in the UK's prolonged consumer downturn

British fashion brand Nicole Farhi enters administration - but is confident of some form of survival

'Decline in high street spend coupled with rising costs has led to increased financial pressures'

From cream to caramel to cocoa, neutral shades are a luxurious foil to the bright colours of summer

The new way to go nude for spring/summer

From cream to caramel to cocoa, neutral shades are a luxurious foil to the bright colours of summer, says Emma Akbareian

Man about town: Fine and dandy

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Prince Charles joked last night that it has taken him 64 years to attain fashion icon status

The new king of fashion entertains his subjects...

London's first men's fashion week kicked off last night with a party hosted by an unlikely new style icon

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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

We Love: Billy Boy - The beloved octogenarian photographer behind The New York Times' much-admired street-style section takes his turn in front of the camera in this must-see documentary. Bill Cunningham New York, zeitgeistfilms.com

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Julie Vadnal or “Julez”, one of US Elle’s junior staffers

Trending: Looking for hits in all the wrong places

When French Vogue editor Emanuelle Alt lip-synched her way through Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" for the relaunch of the magazine's website last month, she started a bit of a trend. The latest enterteditor (that's editor-turned-entertainer, duh) is Julie Vadnal, one of US Elle's junior staffers, who under her stage-name "Julez" appears in a music video the magazine has made called "My Heels". "I wanna a guy to make me feel the way I feel in my heels," she sings throughout the obligatory Ovidian transformation from office drudge to disco goddess.

Lacoste accused of attempting to censor 'too pro-Palestinian' art

French luxury goods firm Lacoste last night dramatically terminated its sponsorship of a £21,000 photography prize after it was accused of attempting to censor the work of a London-based Palestinian artist.

Hermes raises revenue forecasts

Hermes raised forecasts for revenues this year amid growing demand for its scarves, accessories and leather bags, in a reminder of the luxury goods company's attraction for rival LVMH, whose advances Hermes is trying to fend off.

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Luxury still in style as LVMH profits break €20m barrier

LVMH, the luxury goods group, revealed sales broke through the €20bn (£17bn) barrier for the first time last year, as its chairman defiantly said it had no intention to sell its controversial stake in rival Hermès.

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