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The line of duty: how the British followed fashion during the second world war

On 11 September 1939, Constance Miles of Guildford went up to town. Hitler or no Hitler, she needed a new winter coat. But as Mrs Miles made her way around the West End it was immediately apparent that something had changed in the eight days since war had been declared. People had stopped spending …

Austerity

The Best Front Row Style of the Week: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, and More

The New York collections have wrapped for the season, and what a ​week it was. Kicking off on February 12 with a star-studded show from Kanye West for Adidas, the fashion flock was treated to <b>Beyoncé, Rihanna,</b> and<b>Mrs. West</b> seated in the front row. The only thing bolder than those names was the …

Victoria Beckham

Eurozone ministers gather for make-or-break talks with Greece

Eurozone crisis,Banking,Economics,Greece,Germany,Euro,Currencies,Europe,European Central Bank,European Union,European banks,European monetary union,Financial crisis,Financial sector,World news<p>Outcome of meeting remains clouded in uncertainty after Germany rejected Greek compromise proposal<p>Eurozone …

Europe

Red Envelope War: How Alibaba and Tencent Fight Over Chinese New Year

Gifting red envelopes stuffed with cash to relatives and friends is one of the most ancient traditions during the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival. This centuries-old custom now has a new face in the digital age. On the eve of the Year of Sheep, China’s Internet giants, mainly …

China

China Builds Islands in Disputed South China Sea

China has stepped up the construction of a series of large artificial islands, according to satellite images released Thursday, a move that experts said would dramatically extend its reach into hotly disputed waters.<p>The images, which were taken by Airbus Defence and Space and released by military …

Louise Wilson: a fashion talent whose influence cannot be overstated

Fashion is a world where effusiveness comes as standard. But Louise Wilson’s contribution to British fashion is that rare thing – a fact that can’t be overstated. The head of the MA fashion course at Central Saint Martins and design director at Donna Karan for five years, she was a fundamental …

Donna Karan

Mark Zuckerberg says Happy New Year in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg pledged to learn Mandarin several years ago, and he continues to deliver on that promise.<p>With the start of the Lunar New Year Thursday, the Facebook founder and CEO posted a video in Mandarin to his Facebook page around 2 a.m.<p>In the 31-second video, Zuckerberg stands in front of …

EL James to write screenplay for Fifty Shades sequel, say reports

Fifty Shades of Grey author El James is to write the screenplay for the film adaptation’s upcoming sequel, Variety reports.<p>Fifty Shades of Grey: what BDSM enthusiasts think<p>Read more<p>Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film swept past $300m worldwide this week, despite some derision from critics, and Hollywood …

Movies

Who will win Oscars in 2015? And who should?

<b>Best picture</b><p><b>Will win:</b> Boyhood.<p><b>Should win:</b> Boyhood.<p><b>Shoulda been a contender:</b> Under the Skin.<p><b>Best director</b><p><b>Will win:</b> Alejandro González Iñárritu.<p><b>Should win:</b> Richard Linklater.<p><b>Shoulda been a contender:</b> Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive.<p><b>Best actor</b><p><b>Will win:</b> Eddie Redmayne.<p><b>Should win:</b> Eddie Redmayne.<p>…

Marion Cotillard

American Tax Informant Going To Paris To Sing About Swiss Bank UBS

Bradley Birkenfeld, who got both a prison sentence and a $104 million IRS informant’s reward after blowing the whistle on Swiss bank UBS AG’s role enabling tax evasion by rich Americans, has finally gotten permission to leave the U.S. —but only to testify to a French magistrate investigating UBS …

Corruption

Prince Charming Will Spank You Now: A Guy's POV on 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

It's not like I was expecting Oscar-worthy performances.<p>I'm an open-minded guy who loves movies about sexual awakenings (<i>Secretary)</i> and eccentric billionaires (<i>The Thomas Crown Affair),</i> so I was delighted at the idea of seeing <i>Fifty Shades of Grey.</i> A number of close friends—male and female—had …

Shades of Grey

Rolls-Royce is making an SUV

The list of automakers that would never, ever make an SUV has shrunk even further.<p>Rolls-Royce, the pinnacle of British luxury motoring, announced on Tuesday that it, too, would add an SUV to its line-up.<p>The automaker hand-delivered a statement to CNNMoney on embossed Rolls-Royce letterhead. It says …

Hillary Clinton's private meeting with Elizabeth Warren: policy not presidency

As Washington continues to chatter over what politicos consider “the Hillary inevitability” – and bright-eyed progressive Democrats continue to chant “Run Liz Run” – the two most powerful women in American politics sat down recently for a secret one-on-one chat.<p>The former secretary of state, …

Government

4 Things Your Employees Want More Than a Raise (and That Won't Cost You a Cent) | Inc.com

Do the people who work for you love their jobs? If so, it may not be for the reason you think. For years, some management experts have argued that employees care more about the nonmonetary aspects of their jobs than they do about compensation. A new survey by Korn Ferry demonstrates just how true …

The Japanese animator behind global hits like Spirited Away and The Wind Rises says that cartoonists should focus on targets from their own countries<p>The Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, whose films with Studio Ghibli include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and The Wind Rises, has weighed into the …

Anime

Downton Abbey Recap: The Return of the Worst Dinner Guest

Following last Sunday’s plot-twist extravaganza, <i>Downton Abbey</i> returned to its season-five cruise-control speed of “reassuringly slow” tonight. There were a few surprises though: The Worst Dinner Guest of the Century returned to pretty much diss everyone sitting around Downton’s dinner table; Isis …

Photograph: Allstar/Focus Features<p>Pure agony: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey. ‘This film appears to be specifically designed for babies, or at least an audience without critical faculties,’ says Eva …

Shades of Grey