Brand loyalty: many of us seem to buy products because we have been blinded by advertising, science and the lure of famous names. Photograph: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

While working in the make-up section of a department store, I once met a woman who spent a lot of money on a very small jar of face cream. It was s(...)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The protests aren’t stopping the shoppers. Photograph: EPA/MAST IRHAM

As the Hong Kong protests continue, the expectation has been that the democracy demonstrations in key business districts during the National Day Golde(...)

British model Cara Delevingne (front right) and models present creations from the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paria. Photograph: EPA/Christophe Karaba

A rowdy demonstration broke out at the finale of the Chanel show in the Grand Palais in Paris yesterday.It was all staged, of course, and the banners(...)

Model Cara Delevingne presents a creation by British designer Stella McCartney as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week today. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

For style spotters, it’s hard to beat Stella McCartney’s morning show at the Paris Opera where coffee, tea and fruit are thoughtfully provided befo(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

Autumn-winter 2014 trends include, from left, Moschino’s Spongebob Squarepants offerings; the classic pairing of black and white; the unfussy tailoring, simple colours and quality fabrics of Jil Sander; and Chanel’s pink fixation, which can work with a tweedy tracksuit or a suit

There comes a time in every year when the ladies queueing in the post office, and distant family members searching for something to say at a christ(...)

From left: Anouska Proetta Brandon, Lorna Weightman and Leanne Woodfull. Photographs: Holly McGlynn, Chris O’Neill

The blogosphere is a crowded place. The statistics are spectacular: there were 157 million bloggers on Tumblr and Wordpress alone last year, accord(...)

Perfumes such as Chanel No. 5 may need to be reformulated under new legislation aimed at protecting consumers from allergies. Photo: Bloomberg

Seaweed may not be the first ingredient that springs to mind for perfume. But algae are among obscure ingredients to which perfume makers are turni(...)

Lady Gaga presents Volantis. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

IN 5 YEARS’ TIME 3D printed fashion: Like or loathe it, 3D printed garments are the next big thing in the fashion world. It is likely you imagi(...)

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Since Coco Chanel hit that button, classic black and white has been on the jukebox, the question is, are we still dancing? Fashion folk are gas, (...)