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Men's fashion: Fine and dandy

Is it possible for men to dress for a night on the town without reaching for a rented tux or a novelty waistcoat? Yes, says the expert Adam Welch

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Dressing table: Last-minute luxury

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Smiles for Britain's Giles Scott as he wins the Finn heavyweight
single hander world championship off Fremantle, W Australia

Britain in the medals despite Ainslie absence

Britain won gold, silver, and bronze on a sail-off today at the world championships for all 10 Olympic classes, but there was a great big gap on the race course off Fremantle.

Prada disappoints on market debut

Shares in the Italian fashion house Prada opened only 0.25 per cent higher on its trading debut in Hong Kong yesterday, amid waning investor interest in initial public offerings and volatile global stock markets.

Prada cuts price to get IPO down catwalk

Italian fashion house Prada has made it down the stock-market catwalk at its fifth attempt – but only after cutting the price of its listing by a fifth at the last minute.

Strong demand for Prada's HK IPO

Prada's £1.6bn Hong Kong initial public offering is five times subscribed.

How Prada became the biggest name in fashion

A $2.6bn flotation will strengthen the Italian brand's position at the top of the style tree. Susannah Frankel reports

David Prosser: Cable's call for trade union restraint could backfire on us all

Outlook: Here's the thing about strikes,,, there aren't so many of them these days &ndash; they have been falling in both the public and the private sector

Eastern promise: Luxury retailers seek their fortunes in Asia

Prada and other brands are listing on the Hong Kong exchange, sure that they will get more for their shares as demand soars. Laura Chesters reports

Mixed fortunes for British champions in China

Two British champions were at the bookends of the 11-boat fleet contesting the second Extreme Sailing Series of the season in Qingdao, China.

Susannah Frankel: Appearance anxiety before ready-to-wear shows is like the sleepless nights at the start of a new school term

A pre-collections trip to Bond Street is part of every self-respecting British fashion editor's agenda. However much we may already have in our wardrobes, the (debatably ridiculous) anxiety surrounding our own appearance on the eve of the twice-yearly women's ready-to-wear shows is comparable to the sleepless nights of yesteryear at the start of a new school term. And so I find myself in Prada and Jil Sander and witnessing first-hand the veritable explosion of colour, six months after it was first shown on the catwalk, and a dazzling reality by now. (Consider these edited highlights. I won't bore you with peripheral hosiery shopping, for example, here.)

Carola Long: 'The Maggie-Thatcher-meets-Her-Majesty look is one of this season&rsquo;s multiple bag trends'

The forthcoming book Fifty Bags That Changed the World recalls the sensation that the Queen's style caused on a visit to Italy in 2000. La Repubblica ran a front-page story entitled "Ode to the Queen's Handbag". "There it is", the article gushed, "that disturbing object, firmly attached to her left forearm. The secret of her regality is in that little royal but oh so ordinary accessory."

Ready To Wear: Put your best foot forward in Prada's new hybrid brogue

While the very idea of "intellectual" fashion is likely to bring out an even a half-intelligent woman in hives, there are certain industry heavyweights who regularly come up with designs that provoke a certain amount of thought at least.

I tried for Becks. It was Milan and Prada or Sunderland and Primark

Steve Bruce tells Tim Rich about his bid for Beckham and why his young guns can come of age today
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