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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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LVMH buys 14.2 per cent stake in rival Hermès for €1.3bn

LVMH, the conglomerate behind Louis Vuitton, Dom Pérignon and Tag Heuer, has made a dramatic swoop on its French rival, Hermès.

UK fashion company wins brand battle with Lacoste

A British clothing supplier has won a four-year trademark battle against the fashion giant Lacoste, in a significant case that gives hope to smaller companies facing legal challenges from big corporates with deep pockets.

Hermès bags 20 per cent rise in earnings

Hermès lifted its full-year sales growth target on the back of surprisingly strong second-quarter figures, providing further evidence of a bigger-than-expected rebound in the luxury goods market.

Album: Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No 2, (EMI Classics)

The young French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin proves particularly adept here at extracting the maximum impact from a series of Ravel waltzes and "miniatures", most notably the second suite from Daphnis et Chloé. The lushly rendered first movement's evocative sunrise music is simply gorgeous, with glimmers of cello leading to a glorious orchestral sunburst, tailing into wistfully pastoral oboe, while there are traces of the eastern flavour of the Bolero discernible in the second movement's flute arabesques and underscoring harp arpeggios.

Download this: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2

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Luxury goods brand Herm&egrave;s defies gloom

The French luxury goods brand Hermès posted a set of credit-crunch-defying revenues for its second quarter yesterday, boosted by soaring sales of its trademark leather goods, silk and perfumes.

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At the new premises, you can shop for a wardrobe - and the clothes to put in it. But, says Terry Durack, the best buy is the brunch

Not so square

AFTER THE pashmina came the woolly scarf (yawn!). After the woolly scarf came - and this is the new bit - brightly coloured silk squares! A timely exhibition, if you're thinking of decking yourself out in the latest neck adornments, comes courtesy of Hermes, the haute-bourgeois company and unparalleled producer, among other luxury desirables, of deliciously coloured silk squares.

Gaultier fashions an upmarket move

JEAN-PAUL Gaultier took the fashion world by surprise by announcing his intention to form a partnership with one of France's oldest and most famous luxury-goods labels, Hermes. Hermes has pledged to invest 150m francs ($15.6m; 35 per cent of the capital) in the Jean-Paul Gaultier Group, which includes haute couture, men's and women's ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance. It boasted consolidated sales of F85m in 1998.

Racing: Val heads for Derby

FOLLOWING A stylish victory at Longchamp yesterday, Val Royal is to attempt to become the first French winner of the Derby since Empery 23 years ago. Andre Fabre's unbeaten colt emerged as a leading contender for Epsom by making all the running to beat Fils de Viane half a length in the 91/2-furlongs Group Three Prix de Guiche.

Is it worth it?: Belt and brasses

Would you spend pounds 540 to hold your trousers up with a Hermes 'dog' belt?

Ready to wear: YES PLEASE . . .

Last year Chanel's Rouge Noir nail varnish was so immensely popular that it sold out as soon as it hit the shops. This talon polish, in undiluted- Ribena colour, spawned waiting lists, tantrums and tears as ladies who were used to getting whatever they wanted with a wave of their Amex card, were forced to put their names down with everyone else. Next week Chanel launch the Rouge Noir mascara. Billed as "black, reddish purple and brown", it is certainly interesting, unusual and worth a try (it's a limited edition so be warned, once it sells out, that's it), especially if you find black too dramatic and brown too boring. It's rather "globby" however, so you may need to separate those lashes with an eyelash comb after application.

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