Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel is Fashion Editor at The Independent.

Suits you: The two former menswear designers set to dominate the

"Paris face-off: Hedi Slimane, Raf Simons in the spotlight," read the headline of fashion bible Women's Wear Daily's Paris preview earlier this week. As the season gathers momentum it is true that these two former menswear designers, who now head Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior womenswear respectively, and whose debut ready-to-wear collections are being shown only days apart, look set to dominate the proceedings in the French capital and the international collections as a whole.

Condé Nast: So much more than a pretty face

The best fashion shoots can be classed as art, and no one has done more to champion such creativity than Condé Nast. Susannah Frankel introduces a book which proves that great photography never goes out of style

Ready To Wear: Is Barbie London Fashion Week’s most unusual backer?

It's a good season for cartoon heroines. As if it's not enough that Minnie Mouse is currently the source of inspiration for one-off designs by names including Giles Deacon, Richard Nicoll, Piers Atkinson and Meadham Kirchhoff (that's quite a roll call – and it's for charity), Louise Gray's show, which takes place at London Fashion Week later today, is sponsored by Barbie.

Ready To Wear: Purple reign: the regal colour sweeps in for autumn

"I am a mortal, a man; I cannot trample upon these tinted splendours without fear thrown into my path," Agamemnon tells Clytemnestra in Aeschylus' famed Greek tragedy, before stepping on to the purple carpet that signifies the beginning of his downfall nonetheless.

Ready to Wear: Everyone should be exposed to the most innovative

At the end of last month, the New York Times ran an article begging the question, “Are trends passé”? According to fashion blogger Garance Doré, “they are not as they used to be – the days when things were 'in' or 'out' are long gone”. And that's true: in a saturated market, there's something for everyone, which makes economic, if not always creatively inspiring, sense.

Ready To Wear: I'm coming over all red, white and blue and – what's

While the world at large has been moaning about the weather which, admittedly, has been remarkably inclement, not to mention the remarkable lack of security at the Olympics, something remarkably strange has been happening to my wardrobe. "You're wearing red, white and blue," says my friend and I realise that there's no arguing with her.

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Twist in the tails: Gaultier lights up the Paris catwalk with his

Jean Paul Gaultier showed his haute couture collection in Paris yesterday to typically spectacular effect. This was a vintage show heavy on cages – in gold leather or inky black dripping with jet – gender-bending tailoring and corsetry of the sort that made the couturier famous in the 1980s. Remember this is the man who put David Beckham in a skirt and Madonna in a conical bra.