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

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game