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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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Prada disappoints on market debut

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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.

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Eastern promise: Luxury retailers seek their fortunes in Asia

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

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