Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel is Fashion Editor at The Independent.

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Samantha Cameron with Michelle Obama yesterday

Susannah Frankel: Samantha and Michelle, a contrast in style

Feeling comfortable in one's clothes speaks volumes, as the appearance of Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama out and about during the visit went to prove.

If ever proof were needed that, long term, the loudest noise is made by the most talented designers, and that their skill is more important than any slick marketing and/or money-spinning licensing and accessories, it lies here.

Ready To Wear: A decade of elegance for gifted Elbaz at Lanvin

How good it was to see Alber Elbaz celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of Lanvin.

Comme des Garçons showed 'two dimensional' (flattened) and enormous clothes in uncompromising colours - blithe blues, pinks, reds, yellows

Designers pump up the volume in Paris

At the Paris shows, designers were in agreement that big is definitely better, says Susannah Frankel

Susannah Frankel: 'However profligate it may seem, I want this sweater in my life'

Sometimes fashion can be a brutal business. I refer not to persistent rumours dogging any designer at any given time which is, of course, enough to put even the best of them off their forthcoming collections. Nor even to a particularly harsh silhouette/skirt length that might steal the limelight on the catwalk but, in real life, is a challenge to say the very least.

Models wear creations by Marc Jacobs as part of his autumn/winter collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris where the audience was greeted with a spectacular life-size train

The model railway with no anoraks in sight: Louis Vuitton express hits Paris

The Louis Vuitton Express – or more precisely a turn-of-the-20th-century steam train – pulled into Paris yesterday, bathed in ultraviolet light and filled with model passengers sporting creative director Marc Jacobs' new designs.

Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel women’s ready-to-wear autumn/ winter 2012-13 range

20ft crystals and 3ft models: it can only be Lagerfeld

Chanel designer takes bling to new heights in Paris

A model shows off part of the Stella McCartney ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2012 collection for Paris Fashion Week

McCartney brings curtain up in Paris with a flash of British style

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday at the Hôtel de Ville, the neo-Gothic city hall, and a reminder of the French capital's historic power and grandeur. Beneath the building's monumental, gilded, vaulted ceiling, models stepped out in the sort of oversized broad-shouldered masculine tailoring that is sweeping the runways and looks set to be a major trend.

Phoebe Philo, the creative director of Céline

Philo shows Paris that the best designs come in small packages

Nothing short of perfect, says Susannah Frankel in Paris of the latest, understated collection from the creative director of Céline

Ready To Wear: Au revoir, Monsieur Pilati, it's been magnifique

Tonight, in Paris, the designer Stefano Pilati will show his swan-song collection for Yves Saint Laurent.

Vivienne Westwood sports a money print dress for her catwalk show

Westwood strikes pure gold in Paris

Dame Vivienne trawls the past for inspiration

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Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor