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Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury

Cara Delevingne presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2014: Dynamic modernism and exquisite examples of handcraft

Haute couture today is about spectacle. And the most spectacular of spectacles, inevitably, comes courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. I'm not talking sunglasses there, although they are one of the motivating factors behind the few houses still staging the elaborate, labour-intensive and usually loss-making couture shows. There aren't many women in the market for five-figure frocks.

A new book chart's Isabella Blow's fabulous clothings collections through contributions of friends

Fact and fashion blur in portraits of industry’s great and good

As with clothes, there is a fashion tome to suit every taste. Some will become an invaluable, well-thumbed resource for students and fashion fanatics, while others present a moment of fantasy to be displayed with pride on a coffee table already groaning with beautiful books.

Kristen Stewart named the new face of Chanel

Kristen Stewart has been unveiled as the new face of Chanel.

Party time: 'Tis the season to get sparkly with our pick of the festive make-up

Sunset Stripped Party Lashes £7.99, Katy Perry for Eylure, eylure.co.uk

Indyplus video: Paris Fashion Week S/S 2014

Watch highlights from Paris Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014 PRET-A-PORTER below:

Paperback review: Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, By Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie’s account of Coco Chanel’s eventful 87 years on this earth is written in a flowing, luxuriant style suitable to its subject. Here’s a selection of phrases from the first few pages: “perfumed and warm”, “a cocoon of luxury”, “jewel-coloured lipsticks”, “silk-lined tweed jackets”, “pearls and camellias”.

The Conversation: Justine Picardie, author and journalist

'A marriage ending feels like a bomb going off'

Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2013, hair by Redken

Lady and the tramp: This season's hair, nails and make-up

This season’s beauty is a tale of two cities, take your pick from urban grunge and old-school glamour, says Emma Akbareian

Jacket required

You don't need to wear a suit to look smart in the summer: a mix-but-don't-match sports coat comes into its own this season

A ruined theatre provided the setting for Karl Lagerfeld's Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013/2014 fashion show in Paris

Bombed out and rebuilt: Lagerfeld’s new couture

There is more haute couture in Paris this year than for some time. But is it relevant?

Sidney Gavignet celebrates leg victory with his crew

Sidney Gavignet fends off overall leader Sebastien Josse as third offshore leg goes down to the wire

Gavignet claims second leg victory after facing stiff competition from Josse on Dublin to Plymouth leg

Jacket £282.64, trousers £144.77, both by J Crew, jcrew.com; shirt £29.99, Zara.com; tie £50, Hentch Man, hentchman.com; pocket square £10, Topman.com

The boys in blue

Summer suiting comes in every sapphire shade. Here is the high street's take on menswear's current love affair with blue-collar style

Video: The career of Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear has been heavily linked with the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who. As well as his role in the recent Bond films, he was gained critical acclaim across sathe and screen, watch the videos below to see some highlights

Model wears: skirt £20, awear.com

iStyle: It’s hip to be square

Tired of tartan? Then trade it in for a more  minimal take on checks, says Naomi Attwood

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