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Writer accusing Vivienne Westwood of plagiarism claims win

Paul Gorman claims Vivienne Westwood’s autobiography lifts sections from his book. Photograph: David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Birley Grou Jamie Grierson A writer has claimed a small victory in a plagiarism battle with the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood – but has pledged that his legal fight is not over. Paul Gorman alleges that Westwood […]

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Net-a-Porter founder quits in surprise move ahead of takeover

Natalie Massenet at the Net-a-Porter offices. Photograph: Jonathan Player/REX Sarah Butler Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter, has quit the online fashion empire she created just weeks before its takeover by an Italian discounter is finalised. The former Tatler journalist, who launched the company selling designer clothes from her Chelsea flat, leaves with more than […]

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Vogue centenary exhibition styles fashion bible as cultural record

Kate Moss by Mario Testino, both recent Vogue regulars. Photograph: Mario Testino/Conde Nast Publications At first glance, it’s all chiffon and glamour: Kate Moss in a huge hooped skirt, photographed by Mario Testino in 2008; David Hockney posing with a sequin-clad Maudie James in 1968, as captured by Cecil Beaton; Anne Gunning, swathed in pink […]

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Jane Birkin drops request to have her name removed from Hermès handbag

Jane Birkin had agreed to lend her name to the bag after sharing a flight with Jean-Louis Dumas, late former head of Hermès, in the 1980s. Photograph: Rex/Masatoshi Okauchi Reuters in Paris Actor and singer Jane Birkin is now satisfied with how luxury group Hermès treats crocodiles and has dropped her request to have her […]

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Safety crackdown on fancy dress outfits

Spot checks across the UK will assess whether fancy dress on sale complies with safety standards. Photograph: Joe Fox//Alamy Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent Cheap fancy dress costumes are to be subject to spot checks by trading standards inspectors, to avoid a repeat of the fire that seriously injured the daughter of the television presenter […]

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Luxury goods group LVMH says slowdown in China has affected sales

People walk past a Louis Vuitton store at Incheon airport in Seoul. LVMH said sales of spirits and cognac to Chinese consumers, including its own Hennessy brand, had rebounded in the third quarter. Photograph: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images Reuters LVMH has became the first major luxury goods provider to say the stock market […]

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Yves Saint Laurent exhibition extended after museum’s visitor numbers triple

Exhibits in the Yves Saint Laurent show at the Bowes Museum. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images The first exhibition in the UK on the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent has become the most successful in the 100-year history of the Bowes Museum in County Durham, and is being extended until 8 November. Yves Saint Laurent at […]

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From Victoria Beckham to Erdem: the British Fashion Awards nominees

Victoria Beckham at her show at New York fashion week. Photograph: Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images Hidden in the small print of the list of nominees for this year’s British Fashion Awards comes official endorsement of Victoria Beckham’s entry into the top tier of the industry: Beckham is one of the three candidates for this year’s […]

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Raf Simons to leave as creative director at Dior

Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons at the Christian Dior 2015-2016 autumn/winter haute couture show. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Raf Simons is leaving Dior after three and a half years as creative director at the Parisian fashion house. The news will come as a surprise to many in the fashion industry, given the positive reception afforded to […]

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Dior: who will take over?

Raf Simons waves goodbye to Dior. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA Lauren Cochrane The similarities between football and fashion once again come to mind this week with the news that Raf Simons has left Dior, leaving an empty chair at Paris’s top table. This only weeks after basically the same thing happened in the premier league, when […]