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Puma takes a €115m hit over 'Greek fraud'

The German sportswear and footwear chain Puma is to write off up to €115m (£103m) after it unearthed what it believes to be "systematic" fraud at its joint venture in Greece.

Balenciaga is one label that hasn't lost touch with its roots

Its catwalk show is among the highlights of Paris Fashion Week

Great strides: Trousers back in the style spotlight

No longer overshadowed by dresses or denim, trousers have stepped back into the style spotlight for autumn. Carola Long reports on a trend that's set to run wild

Carola Long: 'Gap have handily divided their 'pants' into eight styles, providing a bluffer's guide to the trouser universe'

The emotional trajectory of a new season can be intense; a wave of excitement at all the shiny new trends that will definitely change your life, followed by panic. Where do you start? Fortunately, Gap have provided the easiest introduction to autumn/winter imaginable with their new Premium Pant collection, especially given that trousers are set to be a key piece. Granted, this sounds a bit like saying coats with sleeves are big news for cold weather, but dresses did dominate the catwalks for years. In the pick'n'mix spirit of modern trends there is a smorgasbord of styles on offer: a slightly bootcut slim crop at Celine and Balenciaga, high-waisted, Seventies graduated flares as seen at Chloe, skinny straight at Balenciaga, skinny at Stella McCartney and a kick flare at Gucci. Phew.

Carola Long: 'The fashion world loves Stella McCartney’s Seventies mum look – it’s the cheats way to do summer'

Why has the fashion world got so excited about Stella McCartney's "Seventies mum look", complete with denim skirt and sensible cork sandals? Because it's easy. It's the cheat's way to do summer. Such a demure ensemble offers a lifeline for anyone who considers the flesh exposure of plunging maxis and playsuits about as dignified as streaking at the World Cup.

Fashion world pays tribute to Alexander McQueen

Heartfelt tributes were paid to the lasting legacy of designer Alexander McQueen as London Fashion Week officially opened in the capital today.

McQueen's fashion house will live on

Gucci Group chief vows to protect designer's legacy

Alexander McQueen's fashion label to continue despite designer's death

Alexander McQueen's label will live on despite the death of the designer, his parent company said today.

Margareta Pagano: Is the Big Beast about to oust Bullingdon Boy?

Latest Westminster rumour gains currency in the City

Future Shock: Alexander McQueen's second line, McQ, combines high drama with street style

If there is one name in fashion that can at once summon both the glory of the avant garde and the cachet of commercial success, then it is Alexander McQueen. Known as a modern visionary, he is one of few current designers able to straddle the boundaries of high conceptualism and highly sought-after style.

Ready to Wear: Boot-cut jeans are nothing more than a lazy, middle-of-the-road look

Ubiquity could arguably be fashion's ultimate goal. At its most banal the industry's purpose is to sell clothes, after all. More loftily, changing our perceptions of dress, particularly on a grand scale, is the sartorial Holy Grail.

What is power dressing?

Key looks for autumn/winter 2009 according to Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Balmain and Balenciaga

Stella McCartney sends out wearable summer chic

Stella McCartney once more demonstrated she's the ultimate feel-good designer, delivering Monday a ready-to-wear collection of breezy summer clothes that make looking good easy.

Ready to Wear: Is it fair to lambast such an innovative designer in this way?

The exposure of even the most rarefied fashion via the internet is responsible for many things – good and bad.

Ready to Wear: Can thigh-high boots ever be right on?

And so to the accessory of the autumn/winter season, which may have been a restrained if lovely affair, at least in some designers' hands, but more than made up for any conservatism in dress as far as footwear is concerned. Enter the thigh-high boot.

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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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
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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

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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