Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel is Fashion Editor at The Independent.

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Ready To Wear: No woman should ever be dictated to by fashion

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Susannah Frankel: 'As an observer of humanity, Tom Phillips's thoughts are second to none'

This week I have stumbled upon the perfect gift for the sartorially discerning man. Menswear: Classic Style From the First Half of the 20th Century is a new book comprising a collection of photo postcards, dating from around 1900-1945, that brings together images of men of style in formal or not so formal fashions and/or circumstances, all edited from the collection of the fine artist Tom Phillips.

Ready To Wear: Editors take note... this look is flat rather than fat

Today, with our collective consciousness so saturated with fashion imagery that it's sometimes difficult to give the best the attention they deserve, those that truly resonate are the ones that make you think long after they first appear and which merit revisiting time and again.

Today, Brad Pitt becomes the new 'face' - and first man - to advertise the world's best-known and bestselling fragrance, Chanel No. 5.

'To keep a legend fresh you always have to change its point of view'

The world's most famous perfume has a new face, and it's a surprisingly masculine one, says Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel: 'Any actual austerity is image-based, a nod to the circumstances'

Austerity Britain. It should come as no surprise that this is a reference this season. Rarely has it been so fashionable for a woman to dress in what looks like her (male) partner's military great coat even though, we all know, that it's not really her partner's military great coat.

Portraits of a lady: Visions for next spring

In the final week of the collections, designers’ visions for next spring spanned everything from modern minimalism, via glittering grunge to elegant film noir, says Susannah Frankel

Ready To Wear: Poor Hedi Slimane, let's give the boy a chance

Fashion is a mercilessly fast-moving creature and even the most gifted designers step in and out of it only at their peril.

Models wear creations for Louis Vuitton's' ready to wear Spring/Summer 2013 collection, presented in Paris yesterday

Stairways to heaven: Jacobs' genius takes Louis Vuitton to another level

Marc Jacobs took his audience to a futuristic fashion paradise on the closing day of the Paris collections – or to the world's most heavenly departure lounge at least.

The Chanel ready-to-wear show in Paris featured turbines

Lagerfeld's latest big idea: more is more

Karl Lagerfeld installed a suitably polished wind farm in the monumental Grand Palais for his show for Chanel in Paris yesterday. In terms of scale, this was the biggest production of the week – there was more floor space, more models, more clothes and a larger audience. As an exercise in sheer power, then, it was unprecedented as befits a fashion brand widely believed to be the most successful in the world, though not one generally famed for its conservative carbon footprint.

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