Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel is Fashion Editor at The Independent.

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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

Alber Elbaz: 'I hate the word cool'

...and yet, in just 10 years, Alber Elbaz transformed Lanvin into one of the world's most desirable fashion brands.

Lily Collins, Valentino: Skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood and hair as black as ebony… The delicate lace gown lives up to the fairy-tale heroine just as beautifully as the woman who recently played her

The Met Ball's frock stars

From Rooney Mara's gothic gown to Marc Jacobs' LBD, Susannah Frankel picks the best looks from New York's big night out

Carla Bruni Sarkozy's judgement regarding what to wear and when and how to wear it is faultless

Carla Bruni Sarkozy: Au revoir to France's first lady of style

Carla Bruni Sarkozy may have her detractors but never let it be said that she doesn’t know how to dress.

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Hermès: Imperial leather

Arguably the most coveted and consistently stylish of labels, Hermès is 175 this year. To celebrate, it is showcasing some of its grandest designs in London, says Susannah Frankel

Ready To Wear: The merging of function with fashion may be a risky business

Equally bizarre to me is this season's love affair with printed denim

Ready To Wear: Resisting the urge to change clothes may be no bad thing

Watching BBC4's The Bridge at the weekend one could be forgiven for thinking that Scandinavian women – or perhaps just Scandinavian detectives – never change their clothes.

Full-skirted dress with pieced bodice, Raf Simons for Jil Sander autumn/winter 2012, Lipstick in Orange 7 by Bobbi Brown

Peep Show: Tumblr inspired fashion individuality

Fashion and the internet share a thirst for individuality and newness. Photographer Nick Knight and a little-known style blogger offer plenty of both. Susannah Frankel reports

A skirt from Prada's spring 2005 collection

Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli: In a league of their own

From trash couture to sincere chic, Miuccia Prada's pioneering take on women's fashion has changed the way we dress, says Susannah Frankel. A new exhibition explores her relationship with Elsa Schiaparelli

Ready To Wear: The perils of optimistic wardrobe control

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