Is cut-price cashmere a CON The high street is awash with cheap knits – but are any of them value for money We test Gap, Uniqlo, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis, La Redoute and Primark | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 26 November 2012 Cashmere was once a luxury item – but these days you can buy jumpers in the material in almost every High Street shop, from Primark to Tesco, John Lewis to Mango. The cheap cashmere revolution started in 2005 when import quotas were relaxed and China started exporting huge volumes of it to the EU. The lower end of the market still tends to be dominated by fibres from Chinese goats
Way off the Marks! Sales nosedive at 'frumpy' M&S as shoppers turn to PrimarkRetail giant sees profits fall from 307m to 297mChief executive Marc Bolland under pressure following mistakes last yearManagement reshuffle made last year set to show benefits next summer | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 6 November 2012 Women have branded its latest clothing ranges unfashionable, poor-fitting and confusingly sized. So perhaps it is little wonder that Marks & Spencer’s clothing division has reported its worst sales performance for three years. The high street giant admitted a string of mistakes with its womenswear was behind the 10 per cent fall in profits.
Next may be bigger than M&S – but I fear it's sold its soul | UPDATED: 06:58 GMT, 2 August 2012 The world was a very different place in 1982.
From catwalk queen to campaigning mum: 21-year-old supermodel Jourdan Dunn on coping with her son's sickle-cell anaemia condition | UPDATED: 10:25 GMT, 30 July 2012 She has been dubbed the next Naomi Campbell and after being scouted in her local Primark at the tender age of fifteen, she sashayed down the Prada catwalk just a year later.
Cheap chic rules! As Primark beats the high street gloom to see sales soar, FEMAIL brings you the best bits from the store's new collection | UPDATED: 13:23 GMT, 13 July 2012 It has been the go-to brand for those watching their pennies for years. And now, as cash-strapped shoppers in the grip of the recession increasingly turn away from pricier brands, Primark has triumphed where others are floundering, reporting a 16 per cent upturn in sales while rivals post depressing slumps. The budget store, whose 'pile it high and sell it cheap' ethos has seen it become a firm favourite with shoppers of all ages, is bucking the high street’s downward trend, and the fast-fashion store is thriving as recession-hit shoppers revel in the idea of getting a designer look-a-like at a tenth of the price of the real thing – or less.
How budget brands beat Boden and M&S as retailers come in bottom two in 'value for money' survey By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 21:56 GMT, 1 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:56 GMT, 1 July 2012 They are brands that want to dress Middle Britain and stand as a byword for quality. But it seems Boden and M&S are lagging behind the high street’s budget upstarts.
Nation of bad dressers: Everyone looks the same and their clothes have never been so ugly, says Vivienne Westwood Designer Vivienne Westwood believes women in their 70s have a better sense of style Most women of pensionable age feel ignored by the fashion world. But Dame Vivienne Westwood believes it is those in their 70s who are the most trendy in Britain. She said people today had ‘never looked so ugly’ when it came to clothes but suggested older women had a better sense of individual style.
'Celebrity Big Brother was the worst decision of my life': Nicola McLean regrets starring on reality show She was voted out of the Celebrity Big Brother house after an almighty row with eventual winner Denise Welch. And after watching how she was portrayed in the reality show, it appears Nicola McLean hugely regrets ever signing up