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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

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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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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform