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Fashion’s such a drag

Gender-fluid attitudes are making everything – from lingerie to lipstick – more exciting. Alexander Fury examines the new extremes in femininity
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The other-worldly couture of Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen’s ethereal creations are winning the cerebral designer a devoted international following and a place in the pantheon of radical couturiers. Lucia van der Post reports. Portrait by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
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The renaissance of haute couture

A compelling coterie of designers is expanding the circle of couture houses, reimagining the genre for the modern age and appealing to a new generation of clients. Lucia van der Post reports
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Glorious gowns for parties

Every swish of this season’s most head-turning gowns exudes unbridled glamour. Location Villa le Rose, Florence. Jewellery by Bulgari. Styling by Damian Foxe. Photography by Andrew Yee
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Capitol

One-of-a-kind pieces and little-known lines from A-list designers make this North Carolina fashion boutique a true Southern belle
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Giambattista Valli

As owner, CEO and creative director of a fast-growing brand, Giambattista Valli is a rarity in the fashion world. As he launches a new fashion line, he talks to Harriet Quick about “flower explosion” party dresses and his need to stamp his mark on every aspect of the business. Portrait by Stephane Remael
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The dynamic duo reinvigorating Valentino

Since 2008, Valentino’s new creative directors have attracted a younger clientele while respecting its heritage – to the tune of doubled revenues. Vanessa Friedman meets the duo weaving glamorous understatement with decoration
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WilliamVintage

A perfectly petite Marylebone boutique carries a kaleidoscopic cache of one-off finds from fashion’s golden ages
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