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A place to browse and mingle as much as actually to buy something

Fnac, as any French shopper will tell you, is more than just a shop. Founded in 1954 as a consumer-friendly photography store, it has grown into an upmarket cultural supermarket offering everything you would find in Waterstone's, HMV, Jessops and PC World – under one roof.

Sports giant throws its weight behind Chalayan

"Linford Christie said to me 10 years ago, 'when I look good, I run faster'," Jochen Zeitz, chairman and CEO of the sportswear giant Puma told a Paris press conference yesterday, announcing the designer Hussein Chalayan's appointment as Puma's first ever creative director. Puma has also bought a majority stake in Chalayan's London-based fashion label for an undisclosed sum, ensuring the future of one of the world's most creatively accomplished designers is assured.

Frock and awe: The stars who stop at nothing to get noticed on the red carpet

It's the awards season, when the neurotic worlds of film and fashion collide. Here, Hollywood insiders Ruthanna Hopper and Amanda Goldberg offer an eye-popping insight into the orgy of vanity and greed that inevitably ensues

Petal power: This spring, the world's greatest designers are saying it with flowers

Flowers have never been so fashionable. But, of course, that means very different things to the very different sensibilities involved at the various fashion houses. For Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, flowers are never something to be seen as overly pretty or, indeed, superfluous. These are flowers with attitude, if you will.

With sping collections appearing on the high street, what do the experts suggest to buy?

The spring collections are arriving in stores. But what should the discerning shopper invest in? Carola Long asks three buyers to pick out this season's key pieces

Welcome to the dark side: Yves Saint Laurent's understated new collection

Stefano Pilati's new collection for Yves Saint Laurent is an unapologetic celebration of understated luxury. Susannah Frankel enjoys a taste of the black stuff

Why Nicolas Ghesquière's new collection is out of this world

Ghesquière may have been inspired by 'normal' clothes for his latest Balenciaga collection, but the end result is extraordinary, writes Susannah Frankel

Campaigners condemn new food industry warnings as unworkable

Half of adults will be unable to do the maths needed to understand the new labelling system being launched by the food industry in a £4bn advertising blitz next week, say campaigners.

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New Gucci chief gives star designers a three-year deadline to deliver

The new chief executive of Gucci Group yesterday granted its fledgling Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga brands a three-year window to hit profitability.

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