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.

Louis Vuitton

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?

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.

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.

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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