Jewels give fashion a bright facet

EMBELLISHMENT has taken many forms this season, from craftwork-inspired pieces at Chloe and delicate foil dresses at Prada, to Christopher Kane’s sporty yet ribbon and jewel emblazoned body-conscious dresses and full on crystal overload at Burberry,” says Bonnie Rakhit, fashion editor at Elle Magazine.

Team hailed for hair care

TEESSIDE hair salon chain Contemporary is in the running for two top awards.

Night-time revelations

UNUSUALLY for this fashion page, everything featured is available online. There’s a reason, its National Love Your Bed Week starting today, so you’ve got permission from instigators Silentnight mattresses,, to lounge around.

Penny Plain pulls down the shutters

FASHION store Penny Plain has gone out of business for the second time in five months with the expected loss of 115 jobs.

More is in store at the Square

A SHOPPING centre in Stockton has extended its portfolio with the opening of two very different outlets.

Hats off to the racey ladies...

TYNESIDE’S fashion set turned out in their splendour at the weekend for the popular Ladies’ Day at Newcastle races.

Seedy image stripped away for fitness’ sake

A NEW craze has swept the globe, and now pole dancing has come to Tyneside.

Café 21, Fenwick, Newcastle

Most women don’t need help with clothes shopping, but now we have Terry Laybourne’s excellent Café 21 in Fenwick to reward us for the hours spent trudging around endless racks.

Tough climate for Monsoon

SECURING Liz Hurley as the face of Monsoon has failed to help the fashion retailer stage a turnaround in fortunes, after full-year figures yesterday revealed a second year of falling profits.

Dedicated followers of fashion say farewell

FOUR decades of fashion and retail excellence are set to come to an end as an iconic women’s clothing store goes on the market.

Leigh’s in love with her work

Hannah Davies meets two women who are bringing exclusivity back into weddings.

It’s nautical but nice at the height of fashion

‘All the nice girls love a sailor look’ says Vicky Pepys.

80s live forever

As fashion goes back to the 80s, SUHAINE STEVENS takes cast members from Fame – The Musical, currently playing in Newcastle, on a nostalgic journey

Officers Club in veto challenge

A HIGH street fashion chain yesterday challenged a council decision which would veto its plans to re-locate and expand its 250-job headquarters in a Northumberland town.

Keith celebrates with a No1 album

REACHING the ripe old age of 25 is not always a cause for celebration (at least it wasn’t for me), but Keith Armstrong has two reasons to be cheerful.

Katharine is No1 Hero

OVER 75,000 readers of ethical lifestyle publication New Consumer Magazine know fashion can be a powerful tool.

Retail therapy

IT’S a gamble waiting for your favourite label to have a sale.

Cool outfits can be hot on fashion

YOU can look good on a budget this summer. SUHAINE STEVENS shows you how.

Jane gives few ‘clews’ on fabric for clothes

FASHION student and farmer’s daughter Jane Rawling may have raised a few eyebrows among her university mentors when she decided to design a range of clothes from Herdwick wool in the final year of her degree.

Wednesday's business news

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Fashion group Burberry sees sales surge; Boost for broadcasting giant BSKyB; The pound charges to 26-year high.

Fashion retailer doubles its profits

ONLINE fashion retailer ASOS continued its stellar growth record after more than doubling annual profits.

Cooling sales at UK giant

RISING interest rates saw a marked slowdown in sales growth at food to fashion retailer Marks & Spencer, as it unveiled a 2% rise in first quarter UK like-for-like figures today.

Versatile home offers good value

TASTEFULLY dressed, the Clarendon show home at Haslam Homes’ Moorfields development is leaving a lasting impression on all who pass through its doors.

Nicholas Craig column

THE smoking ban is obviously a good thing. It eradicates the dying embers of fuggy meeting rooms, stale offices and smoke-imbued clothes.

Spin attack turns screw on Durham

Spin may allegedly be going out of fashion in Downing Street but it is very much in vogue in Twenty20 cricket, writes STUART RAYNER.


Stagecoach sees sharp rise in profits; Mortgage demand bounces back; Fashion chain Jaeger targets expansion.

Dad's day sessions make for merry men

Budding Robin Hoods set their sights on the target yesterday as archery winged its way back into fashion in the grounds of a 19th Century mansion.


Plot: Beautiful and pampered fashion model Jennifer (Cuthbert) is one of the most recognisable faces in America.

Knickers to MBE – lingerie boss

The co-founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur yesterday rejected his MBE because he finds Tony Blair "morally corrupt".

Recycler’s new home isperfectfit

A NORTHALLERTON clothes recycling company is on the move after outgrowing its current premises.

Angel's prayers are answered

Angel Cabrera was forced to sit and watch from the clubhouse last night while Tiger Woods strove to make up a one-shot deficit and take the US Open into a play-off - but was finally able to celebrate his first major.

Top designer dies

Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, known as the "architect of fashion" after his groundbreaking tenure at Christian Dior, died in Milan yesterday, aged 62.

Citrus burst

Citrus shades look set to be the summer's hottest colours - making a statement in the fashion world as well as a big impression on our interiors, too.


A DESIGNER retailer in Middlesbrough is showcasing an artistic fashion collection created by students at a specialist engineering college.

Dressed for success

Hundreds of young North Easterners have received help in setting up their own businesses thanks to a £2.1m cash injection from the European Regional Development Fund.

Pretty cool dresses

Vicky Pepys says `Here comes the sun dresses!'

Tennis: Glory for Justine

Justine Henin struggled to contain her emotions after clinching a fourth French Open title in stunning fashion yesterday.

The height of fashion

It's a sign of the times that roof gardens made their debut at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, as increasingly people are searching for much needed green space in urban areas.

Man held for assault

A man in his 50s has been charged following an alleged assault at a house in the Market Street area of Coldstream.

Moss style for Rachael

An aspiring fashion designer has won a Kate Moss outfit.


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