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

Fresh and fruity with a touch of spice

Chanel's first new scent in 12 years is meant to have universal appeal, but does it make women feel alluring?

Chanel's new Tennant

Tamsin Blanchard celebrates Stella Tennant, the English face of Chanel. Photographs by Gavin Bond

Lagerfeld back to elegant basics

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Feeling greedy for the Eighties?

Power suits, shoulder pads and high heels - the clothes matched the mood of the decade. Get ready for a revival, says Marion Hume

Was pounds 3,000 now pounds 117

Every price tag tells a story: some of greed, some of duplicity, some of snobbery but mostly just of desire. For we are where last year's Armani rubs shoulders with last year's Chanel - a world of million-pound wardrobes cleared, unwelcome gifts passed on, and the leavings of women in golden cages with everything you could think of except freedom and cash. And that's just the sellers. Angela Lambert reports Photographs by Martin Morrell Was pounds 3,000 now pounds 117on, and the leavings of women in golden cages with everything you could think of except freedom and cash. And that's just the sellers.

Claudia's explosive entry lifts Chanel show

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Buy me: naughty nails

Calling all nail fetishists! Recently there has been a positive explosion of nail colours designed to enliven tired talons. Get rid of "deep plum", "dusky pink" and other such uninspiring shades. Forget the sold-out, over-priced and vampishly deep shades of Chanel. Wake-up honeys, that's old news.

overheard. . . at the Tate's 'Rites of Passage'

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Spotted: freckles for fun

FRECKLES have suffered a bad press in the past. In beauty magazines they mainly cropped up on the problem pages. But suddenly, freckles are desirable. Chanel is to launch a new beauty aid, Le Crayon Rousseur - the Faux Freckle Pencil, so that those not already endowed by nature can pepper their cheekbones and noses with sunspots.

review:You can trust me, I'm an estate agent

Rik Mayall is good at being bad. His Richie in Bottom - all bums and blow-torches - is one of the most unpleasant characters ever to have set foot in our living-rooms. And he brings to The New Statesman's Alan B'Stard a creepiness only exceeded by certain real-life Tory backbenchers. After this, there was only one depth lower the actor could plumb: an estate agent, a role whose stripey shirts Mayall filled with bravura in "The Big One", the first in a new series of Rik Mayall Presents (ITV).

Fashion: Forties look is thin on Coco

TAKE one picture of Coco Chanel on the eve of the Second World War, on the shoulders of her friend Serge Lifar, a dancer with the Diaghilev Ballet, and use it as the starting point of the Chanel spring/summer 1995 collection.

Fashion: Dressing women is not a man's job

THE legend of Coco Chanel has inspired countless books and magazine articles. The scurrilous rumours of Chanel's private life, her humble beginnings and the rise of the House of Chanel are well-documented. But Chanel: The couturiere at work (by Amy De La Haye and Shelley Tobin, V&A pounds 16.95) takes a rigorous view. The book is dedicated to the innovations of the designer and her extraordinary influence in womenswear.

Angling: Anglers lose scent of trail: Sweet smell of success remains elusive as the world's best fishermen are caught out in a sophisticated assault on the senses

AN unfortunate printing error labelled one team in yesterday's Legrand World Freshwater Angling Championships as originating from the Chanel Islands. It may not have been amusing for the sturdy men from Guernsey, Jersey and Sark, but there was certainly a pleasant fragrance wafting over the Nottingham competition yesterday.

Fashion Update: Beautiful baby

WHO were the super-slender stars of last week's haute couture catwalks? The model mums were all in superb shape and all with babies under one year old. The catwalk siren Stephanie Seymour gave birth to her second child, a boy, five months ago. Also up on the catwalk was Kristen McMenamy, mother of three-month-old Lily, and Nadege Dubospertus, who has a four-month-old boy. 'Look, look it's mummy,' cooed Beverly Peele to her 11-month-old girl from the Chanel catwalk.

Fashion: Haute Couture - Paris, Autumn / Winter 1994

Slender and stacked; that's what the haute couture siren wants to look like. She wants clothes cut to show off a pert bosom, skinny arms and a waist you can span with your hands. That which nature has not been kind enough to endow, money, craftsmanship and corsetry can provide.
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