Alexander Fury

Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent.

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At the traditional closing look at the haute couture shows, Chanel’s ‘bride’ wears a gown that took 15 women a month to construct

Paris Haute Couture spring/summer shows: Focus is on fantasy for a city on terror alert

We can forgive its irrelevance when it offers such a production line of beauty

Ooh, that's blue: 'Angel' Ming Xi is caught in mid-air

Can Nick Knight and Victoria's Secrets models modernise the pin-up calendar?

Photographing Victoria's Secret models for '10' magazine, Nick Knight has produced a pin-up calendar to 'empower' women. Alexander Fury asks if it lives up to the claims

Gods and Kings by Dana Thomas, book review: Exposing the seams, cruelly

A new biography that yokes Alexander McQueen and John Galliano is an exercise in muck-raking, says Alexander Fury
Chanel’s spring/summer haute couture show, staged in a Paris ‘garden’

Paris Fashion Week 2015: Chanel works its magic in Karl Lagerfeld hothouse

Wide-brimmed Merry Widow sun hats, atop outfits in hothouse shades of delphinium blue, geranium and brilliant rhododendron cerise, and a fresh version of the house classic tweed two-piece

Models parade Raf Simons’s spring 2015 Christian Dior haute couture creations (Reuters)

Raf Simons’s Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015 Fashion Show: A genuinely new look

In its overt sixties nostalgia, it had a firmer footing in the world envisaged by Yves Saint Laurent

Suited and booted in the Lanvin show at the Paris menswear collections

Paris Fashion Week: Skirting the issue for the stylish boys' brigade

Lanvin is generally subtler than this when it comes to fusing the male and female wardrobes, despite it being a label which is quintessentially feminine

Traditionally, womenswear has formed the lion’s share of the world luxury market, but the balance has shifted

Autumn/winter menswear 2015: Women are the new men, but is it just about the bottom line?

The tastes of the fashion world reflect deeper rumblings in popular culture

Bottega Veneta sought to evoke the uniform of the artist in their latest menswear show

Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Uniformity is the foundation that much of the industry was built on

Models – and musicians – on the catwalk in Dior Homme for the men’s 2015/16 fashion show in Paris

Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

At this season's Paris shows, various labels played with the city boys' favourite

Margiela presents its menswear in Paris today

Maison Margiela's menswear collection: Amid the boxy coats, Galliano was nowhere to be seen

It feels like an opportunity missed for Galliano to refine his vision for Margiela through menswear, an increasingly important market

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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