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.

Kangalicious: Let your dress do the talking

There are two rules to wearing a kanga: it must be colourful, and it must be inscribed with a proverb. Daniel Howden reports on a garment sweeping the globe

Carola Long: Human contact? I'll bet there's an iPhone app for that

They make people impatient, and rob experiences of their spontaneity.

Sophie Morrris: Forget Beth Ditto. Fat is still a fashion issue

I am so over the fashion world's obsession with Beth Ditto. The Gossip's fat frontwoman has been everywhere in recent weeks. On the cover of one magazine (naked), between the sheets in another. She might as well have been the official mascot at Paris Fashion Week. She posed with Karl Lagerfeld before squeezing into the sequinned bustier and hotpants he had designed especially for her to perform in at the Fendi party. She's been snapped hanging out with Kate Moss and front row at Vivienne Westwood. At the Jean Paul Gaultier and Loewe shows, she wrapped herself in skintight printed dresses.

Fashion: Who's taking the Mickey?

Renaissance statues, Surrealism, high-class hookers... these days, there is little that surprises as the purported inspiration behind a catwalk collection. But it still takes a lot of imagination to transform cartoon rodents into muses. Nevertheless, the flamboyant US designer Jeremy Scott did just that with a Mickey Mouse-inspired show at Paris Fashion Week, which drew to a close on Thursday.

Spring looks: the nature of design

Fossils, bark and pine-cones... Annie Deakin talks to designers about bringing nature home

Pandora: Noel takes time out from theatreland

Noel Clarke's theatre career has been hit by an unexpected setback. The award-winning writer and director of gritty London films Adulthood and Kidulthood was due to premier his first play at last month's Louder Than Words Festival at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

Pandora: Sir Fred's unlikely promise still holds

It is, as they say, the final insult. Nearly six months after Sir Fred Goodwin resigned as chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland following its costly government bailout, not to mention the disclosures that he is to receive a £703,000-a-year pension, we face the prospect of seeing his signature on our bank notes for two more months.

World of leather: fashion skin-deep for Chalayan

The British designer Hussein Chalayan offered a persuasive demonstration yesterday that avant-garde design can be deeply sexy. He took the idea of body-con clothing to a new level as he unveiled his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week, showing clingy dresses with brightly coloured leather panels moulded to the breasts and buttocks in an anatomical second skin.

Vive la mode! Balenciaga glams up for Paris

Seriously luxe, undeniably cool, Nicolas Ghesquière manages it season after season for Balenciaga. The label's autumn/winter collection, which opened Paris Fashion Week yesterday, combined decadent fabrics with the kind of modern, sexy shapes pursued by Ghesquière's hip devotees.

Skyscraper heels: They may be painful and expensive but we've seen nothing yet

Just when you thought heels couldn't get any higher, guess what: they have.

The Last Mistress, 15

That's one way to make history our favourite subject: Catherine Breillat's latest film is part an essay on 19th century mores, part melodrama, and part outright deviant sex tale – with laughs

Cult TV star Willie Harcout-Cooze goes in search of Britain's best Easter eggs

Hermione Eyre meets the eccentric entrepreneur whose scheme to make 'the best chocolate in the world' has become cult television viewing. Plus, we invite Willie Harcourt-Cooze (and family) to taste-test the Easter offerings of Britain's leading chocolatiers...

Jacobs strikes a serious note at Louis Vuitton

Paris Fashion Week came to a close this weekend with strong showings from Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and John Galliano. Marc Jacobs, the creative director at Louis Vuitton, was clearly keen to strike a more grown-up note than he did last season. Not only were the clothes more elegant and sophisticated, but instead of an industry spat over a late start at his own label, and Jacobs pulling faces on the catwalk at Vuitton, the show started promptly and he appeared beforehand urging everyone to take their seats.

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