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When in the red, wear black

A mid the credit crunch crisis and bleak talk of a slide into global recession, coupled with the news that house prices have suffered their worst decline in over a decade, the extravagance and excess of high fashion might have been expected to provide a little light relief.

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Versace: I want to relaunch my country

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Santo Versace made his parliamentary debut in Rome this week: very much the new boy despite his immaculate suit. "The only time I was here before was on a school trip, 48 years ago," he confessed. He emerged after his tour of the place looking sobered. "This place needs a real regeneration," he was heard to mutter. "I don't say Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but almost..."

Dougie Hayward, tailor who dressed stars of the 1960s, dies aged 73

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

It was the height of the 1960s and London had it all. The most glamorous actors, the hippest pop stars, the most famous photographers – even the coolest villains. Yet apart from sharing the most swinging city on Earth, this new breed of classless celebrities had something else in common.

Sales surge 90 per cent at internet retailer Asos despite consumer slowdown

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Asos, an internet retailer initially set up for customers who wanted to look like their favourite film stars, was feeling stellar itself yesterday as it shrugged off the consumer slowdown to double sales last year.

Black is finally in fashion at Vogue

Sunday, 27 April 2008

It's an open secret in the fashion industry: black models rarely get jobs on catwalks, in magazines and on billboards. According to executives, they do not inspire women to spend money.

Asda bosses will rue dumping Coleen for glamorous Carla

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Proof that Asda is run by people who haven't learnt the first rule of dating: never try your luck with anyone hotter than you. Last week an Asda spokesman confirmed that it has dropped Coleen McLoughlin as the face of its George clothing range and is choosing a replacement. "Among the names being considered is Carla Bruni," he revealed. "She's very attractive and a highly stylish person. We feel she would fit in very well with the George look."

Will the jumpsuit ever take off?

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Miuccia Prada, Versace, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen all showed them on the catwalk and now the high street is joining in: this summer, it's all about the jumpsuit. Floral and baggy, tight bright satin or "greige" with pockets all over it – there was a multitude of all-in-ones, onesies, and romper suits at the spring-summer collections in every fashion capital. Talk among fashionistas was that this was the look for 2008 – heralding it as this summer's replacement for the dress (which has settled back into being a perennial favourite from last year's excitable "reinvention").

Who needs dry cleaners with the wash-in-the-shower suit?

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Cary Grant once famously stepped into a shower fully clothed, in the 1963 spy thriller Charade. If only he had been wearing one of the new "wet-clean" suits carrying the name of John Pearse, London's tailor to the stars, a sartorial disaster might have been averted.

Karl Lagerfeld turns DJ as he makes his videogame debut

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Karl Lagerfeld, the legendary designer at the helm of Chanel, is almost as renowned for his musical tastes as for his fashion nous. He has already released an album of his favourite electronica and dance tunes, and now he is poised to pop up in the latest version of the global gaming hit Grand Theft Auto as a virtual DJ.

McQueen shuns celebrity culture as he opens in LA

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

You have to hand it to Alexander McQueen: the designer has cojones. On the eve of the opening of his flagship store on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles – and just when his contemporaries might be kowtowing to the city's celebrity-driven culture – he made clear that he was courting a less brash brand of clientele.

Odd Young Things: Britain's latest style tribe

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

It is hard to think of anyone in British public life less connected to glamour and style than Bill Oddie. But this has not prevented the corduroy-clad ornithologist's daughter from being declared a fashion icon by one of the country's leading society publications.

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