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.

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

Boots and chains mark Lagerfeld’s global domination

Karl Lagerfeld does not do things by halves. The Chanel designer has previously transformed the grand expanse of Paris’ monumental Grand Palais into a wind farm, an underwater lagoon and once even filled the landscape with giant crystals erupting from the ground.

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Gone are the days of the enormous IT-bag, says Harriet Walker. The new breed is small but stylish

Lagerfeld's latest big idea: more is more

Karl Lagerfeld installed a suitably polished wind farm in the monumental Grand Palais for his show for Chanel in Paris yesterday. In terms of scale, this was the biggest production of the week – there was more floor space, more models, more clothes and a larger audience. As an exercise in sheer power, then, it was unprecedented as befits a fashion brand widely believed to be the most successful in the world, though not one generally famed for its conservative carbon footprint.