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, (...)

At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld (above, with model Cara Delevingne) had the Grand Palais mocked up to look like a French hypermarket. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

When one thinks of high fashion, one imagines a world of luxury, excess and a beauty that could reduce the most stony-faced person to sobs. For the(...)

LE BON MARCHE The finest department store in Paris with top international luxury brands, local and some lesser-known French labels, tempting(...)

Karl Lagerfeld and model Cara Delevingne appear at the end of his autumn-winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for Chanel at the Grand Palais. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

There comes a point when the seasons change and women want new armour to face the day, to raise the spirits and freshen up a tired wardrobe. Freud (...)

A model presents a creation from the John Rocha autumn/winter 2014 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Fashion occasionally mirrors life, but was it mere coincidence that so many collections at London Fashion Week at the weekend featured rainwear(...)