This year, the devil's not the only one wearing Prada...

Demand for luxury goods defies downturn as label's profits treble

Album: Kate Rusby, Make the Light (Pure)

A first album of all-original material, featuring a new ensemble.

John Baldessari's Giacometti variations

Californian artist John Baldessari has produced a series of sculptures based on 'variations' of the work of Alberto Giacometti.

Shrines to shopping

Jean Nouvel is leading the rush of top architects designing luxury retail outlets – and they show that beauty can have a place in the mall, says Jay Merrick

Prada's London flagship site goes on sale for £30m

The former chairman of Allied Irish Bank, which was, in effect, nationalised by its government last week, is the latest landlord to put a store on London's Old Bond Street up for sale.

It's the little things that count: The ultimate guide to this season’s accessories

From Prada shoes and gold watches to stylish wallets and Paul Smith cufflinks...

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Milan Fashion Week: All things bright and beautiful...

Designers mark next season's change with clean lines and dazzling colour

Ready to Wear: Enter the humble sock in its not quite so humble glory

Fashion has cast off any whimsical tendencies in favour of all that is pragmatic, or so the story goes.

Helmut Lang: The original urban outfitter

Helmut Lang’s designs defined the Nineties. He retired from his label five years ago, but his cool, metropolitan style is the major influence next season. Susannah Frankel hails a modern master

Prada signal America's Cup involvement

Italian fashion house Prada signalled its return to the America's Cup scene when it announced today that it will compete in the Louis Vuitton trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, next month.

Strange Days Indeed, By Francis Wheen

A book devoted to detailing the excesses of the Seventies, "that era of polyester, platform shoes and power cuts", may sound as appealing as a bottle of Hirondelle, the ubiquitous plonk of that time.

Perfect vision: Fashion's most memorable imagery

Superstar art director David James is the creative force behind some of fashion's most memorable imagery. He tells Harriet Walker how he captures the spirit of the age

One step ahead: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what makes Prada the world's most influential fashion label

From simple nylon rucksacks to wilfully challenging shoes, one label has always been at fashion's cutting edge. And that's to say nothing of the yachts, architecture, art patronage... Now a new book lays bare the full extent of the empire that Miuccia Prada has built, and the extraordinary influence her designs have over us

Don't call me Gordon Gekko: Power dressing for the boys is all about subtle, stylish touches

Pinstripe double-breasted suit, £1,447, shirt, £303, and tie, £163, all by Raf Simons, Liberty, Regent's Street, London W1, 020-7734 1234

Ready to Wear: Is colourless plastic the new nylon? Quite probably, Miuccia Prada suggests

From “business to beach...optimism is a choice”, said Miuccia Prada, certainly the most influential figure in Italian fashion, speaking to Style.com following her Milan show last week, in an unusually straightforward and light-hearted manner.

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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