The outlook for the luxury goods industry darkened on Friday as poor results from industry leader LVMH showed how the strong euro and political protes(...)

At the launch of the Hennessy/National Gallery of Ireland inaugural  portrait prize, from left: judges Donald Teskey, Janet McLean, Cristín Leach Hugh and Dr Declan Long. The portraits shown   are Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum  and Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Hennessy Portrait Prize, aimed at raising the public profile of contemporary portraiture, has been launched b(...)

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(...)

Clockwise from main: Marina & the Diamonds sporting Natalie B Coleman designs; Turkish-born designer Umit Kutluk; Dublin styling powerhouse Grace Moore

Angela Scanlon. Her documentary Oi Ginger is top of the RTÉ Player charts at time of writing, and her own star is in the ascendant – she has been prof(...)

A model wears a Gucci double-breasted cashmere military coat. The brand has been attempting to attract wealthier shoppers by raising prices. Photograph: Gregory Vaughan/The New York Times

Kering SA, which owns the Gucci fashion label, fell the most in about six months after third-quarter revenue trailed estimates amid the weakest growth(...)

US stocks  surged, as the gains brought the S&P 500 within striking distance of the record high set on September 18th. Photographer: Julia Schmalz /Bloomberg

The Iseq followed other exchanges in Europe and the US skywards towards the end of trading yesterday, as euphoria and relief swept through the market(...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: Washington impasseThe gates to the children’s playgrounds were padlocked. The road to the Lincoln Memorial was closed. And more tha(...)

US designer Marc Jacobs  at the end of his spring/summer 2014 women’s ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Louis Vuitton during Paris fashion week. The star designer is leaving Louis Vuitton as artistic director, a source close to the French fashion brand’s parent LVMH said. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Marc Jacobs, the star designer who turned Louis Vuitton from a staid luggage-maker into one of the world’s biggest luxury brands, is leaving to focus (...)

Ningxia has also become a wine hub in China and, increasingly, wine experts are coming around to the idea of Chinese wine.In December 2011, a panel of(...)

Models walk the runway at  Jonathan Anderson’s show during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

Hottest ticket in London at the weekend was for Jonathan Anderson’s show in Yeomanry House, home to the University of London’s army officer training c(...)