Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel is Fashion Editor at The Independent.

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Long silk rainbow dress, £7,560, by Meadham Kirchhoff, autumn 2012, from Harvey Nichols, harveynichols.com

A riot of colour: Meet the duo behind London’s coolest label, Meadham Kirchhoff

The designers behind London's most uproarious label, Meadham Kirchhoff, tell Susannah Frankel why they'd rather dress Courtney Love than Samantha Cameron.

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Look but don't touch: Haute couture gets more elaborate...and more expensive

Haute couture is the preserve of a tiny group of customers, but the collections are hugely influential. Christopher Kane leads a vanguard of labels employing ever more elaborate – and expensive – techniques, says Susannah Frankel

Ready To Wear: If Kate can wear the same thing twice, then so can I

"What do you think I should wear for the Jubilee?" I asked my other half last week.

<p><strong>Cheryl Cole, Stephane Rolland</strong></p>
<p>Extending her lashes to match the length of the feathers at the hem of her Stephane Rolland dress is an interesting exercise in co-ordinated dressing. Have her lips been varnished solid into that pout?</p>

Couture on the Croisette: Fashion hits

Long known as a playground for the good and the glamorous of Hollywood, Susannah Frankel rounds up some of the best outfits from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Ready To Wear: My sunshine wardrobe may be loose, but it's tightly edited

Is there such a thing – in this age of fast fashion – as a working wardrobe?

Cotton silk shirt, £225, and linen wool culottes, £335, both Margaret Howell, Spring/Summer collection; Sunglasses, £275, by Oliver Peoples, from Mallon & Taub, 020-7935 8208

The outsider: Margaret Howell is British fashion's queen of minimalism

The designer tells Susannah Frankel why she has never felt part of the fashion industry.

Susannah Frankel: 'Since the rain started falling life has just been one long bad hair day'

Just as it is unlikely that I will ever be found lovingly applying Ronseal to my garden shed door of a Saturday afternoon, so weatherproofing my hair has never been on my agenda. But what with the rain... Suffice it say that for the past two months – or at least since the deluge began – for me, life has just been one long bad hair day. All the trusty steeds of my beauty bag will not soften my unruly curls or the unruly curls of my friends. Our misery is complete.

Ready To Wear: Pastels may be fit for a princess but they’re not quite real life

The dust has long settled on the gorgeous candy-coloured confections that took the summer catwalks by storm.

Susannah shops: Lanvin's cat-print pyjamas are super-cute at the not-so-cute price of £1,500

Pyjamas are fashionable just now. And – crazily enough – they're designed to be worn outside. Thank you JW Anderson, Pucci and Stella McCartney for that. I think I'll stick to wearing pyjamas indoors, though, apart from the odd occasion when I throw on an overcoat and go out to buy Sunday papers.

Dedicated frill-seekers: debutantes attend the Queen Charlotte’s Ball at Grosvenor House,1950

Fairy-tale gowns: You shall go to the ball

A new exhibition looks at the romance – and the relevance – of that fashion fantasy, the fairy-tale gown, says Susannah Frankel

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice