Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel is Fashion Editor at The Independent.

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Susannah Frankel: 'The only viable alternative to spring’s tricky pastel look is orange'

The spring season's fashions are arriving at a store near you and the story, we all know by now, is one of sugar, spice and all things nice and of colour, of course – ice-cream/pastel/fondant. Call the new palette what you will, it's not an easy one to pull off given the English climate. 'Vibrancy Art Deco'-style is more suited to the soft Miami sunlight, after all, than to Mount Street, London W1, and doubtless in the rain. And so, I give you the only viable alternative to this and that is – drum roll, please – the colour orange.

A creation by the British designer Bill Gaytten for Christian Dior during the fall/winter ready-to-wear collection in Paris

Frills but no thrills: Gaytten plays safe with Dior collection

Galliano's heir apparent has played it cool yet again. Can he ever be more than just a safe pair of hands?

Models displaying Giorgio Armani jackets and jewellery

As its models prepare for the Paris runways, YSL's chief designer walks out

The Paris ready-to-wear season kicks off tomorrow, but only hours before the world's most feted designers show their work in the French capital came the announcement that Stefano Pilati, creative director of Yves Saint Laurent for almost a decade, would be stepping down.

Michelle Williams: Real fashion alert! It’s a peplum, after all, and the Louis Vuitton gown also has frayed edges. Love the mismatched bag

Oscars Trending: On the dread carpet

It used to be the night when looks could thrill. Not any more, says Susannah Frankel

Meadham Kirchhoff, Autumn Winter, 2012

London calling: The best autumn collections

The best autumn collections upheld a woman who is loud, proud and dangerous, says Susannah Frankel. She's a sight for sore eyes

Ready To Wear: Oh to be a Tom Ford woman, a Mistress of the Universe

I haven't seen Tom Ford away from the runway for more than a decade. And so, when we meet for a presentation of his autumn collection I say: "I don't think we've met for more than 10 years."

If the dress fits: On Oscar night, 1955, Grace Kelly set the standard for red-carpet style

On Oscar night, 1955, one actress set the standard for red-carpet style, argues Susannah Frankel

Van Noten says: 'I like to choose my own way forward. I really do want to create something that I personally like a lot.'

Dries Van Noten: 'There's too much fashion'

Too many shows, too many collections, and, simply, too many clothes... So says Dries Van Noten, a designer who has never bowed to convention. Susannah Frankel meets Antwerp's most stylish export.

McQueen reigns again on London catwalk as label returns home in style

Two years after the designer's death, Sarah Burton's McQ makes its runway debut. Fashion Editor Susannah Frankel reports

Brolly good show as Burberry reigns at London's parade

Classic label takes a step into the future with online ordering straight from the catwalk

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