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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.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 14 August 2013

Factory output jumps in Europe

Daughter of Matalan founder saves Nicole Fahri brand

Maxine Hargreaves-Adams bought the retailer for an undisclosed sum

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 10 July 2013

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

If you want to be a sharp-suiter this winter, it’s worth a little investment

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

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

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.

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

The Fashion Audit: Billy Boy, Massage Candles, Atlanta Weller and Bond's booty

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

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.

Susannah Shops: Nothing like a touch of sludge

Susannah Frankel

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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links