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

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I haven't seen Tom Ford away from the runway for more than a decade. And so, when we meet for a presentation of his autumn collection I say: "I don't think we've met for more than 10 years."

Ready To Wear: The return of a much-loved and thoroughly British name

This evening sees the return of the Alexander McQueen name to the London catwalk after an absence of more than a decade.

Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine

Ready To Wear: She was always the strangest of the Trinity

How great is it to see Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine and to read her first interview for eight years for that matter? In their time anyone now over the age of 20, let's say, and even remotely interested in fashion, has indulged in an obsession with this, over and above all the other supermodels, after all.

Given that next year marks Lagerfeld's 30th anniversary at the house and that it remains the single most successful fashion label, one could be forgiven for wondering: overrated how?

Ready To Wear: Chanel is the world's most successful label

"Lagerfeld's overrated," screams the cover of the latest issue of Newsweek.

Ready To Wear: Paris should applaud Philo, Céline's gentle revolutionary

If the spring/summer haute-couture collections featured more than their fair share of princess dresses and overblown ball gowns, the presentation of Phoebe Philo's autumn pre-collection for Céline, in the label's showroom, was the antithesis.

Ready To Wear: Haute couture is out of the closet and thriving

By the time you read this, the handful of women inclined to order haute couture clothing will be off to their first show – cosmetic enhancement perfected, liveried drivers at the ready and with a limousine-required wardrobe to match.

Ready To Wear: Shop assistants are meant to be haughty

It's survey time.

Ready To Wear: Is this brand protection or control freakery?

New year; new fashion spat. And it's a big one.

Ready To Wear: Fashion gives the posh punk its stamp of approval

There's nothing fashion loves more than a posh punk, and with the pick of the world's most beautiful women at his bejewelled fingertips, Karl Lagerfeld has opted for Alice Dellal as the forthcoming face of the Chanel Boy bag.

Ready To Wear: The last thing we need after Christmas is serious fashion

Feeling liverish, as your granny used to say? The good news is that this is the one time of year when it is nothing short of uncouth to consider wearing anything remotely fashionable and, even more so, tight-fitting and/or fabulously transformative.

Ready To Wear: It's Christmas, of course you can over-indulge the festive style

There are certain occasions in life that bring out the larger-than-life size fashion gesture in even the most sensible dresser.

Ready To Wear: The finesse of haute couture was in François Lesage's blood

How ironic that just as the collective fashion consciousness turns its attention to the spring/summer season, and the craft of haute couture appears more influential than it has done for years, one of its main protagonists has left this world.

Ready To Wear: It’s refreshing when women, not teenagers, catch our gaze

How inspiring that the two best-dressed women at last week’s British Fashion Awards were fortysomethings. And even better that, they were among the most beautiful – if not the most beautiful – women in the room.

Ready To Wear: Is it wise to dress merely with flattery in mind?

In the most elevated fashion circles it is not always deemed strictly stylish to wear a dress that is simply flattering. Witness the rise of Lady Gaga as a fashion plate par

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