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

Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Karl Lagerfeld set to open first store in Britain

The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, known for his eccentric style and controversial opinions, is close to agreeing a deal to open his first store in the UK.

All scrubbed up: The best new grooming gear, fragrances and post-shower products

Fusion Pro Glide, £15.99, Gillette, available nationwide

Keira Knightley is to star as Coco Chanel in a new film directed by Karl Lagerfeld

Ooh la la...Keira Knightley to star as Coco Chanel in new film directed by Karl Lagerfeld

Keira Knightley is to star in a new film about the life of Coco Channel, directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Who can actually sport yellow mascara without looking like they’re suffering from some sort of weird eye infection?

Sorry Karl, Chanel's yellow mascara is not quite mellow on the lash

Chanel make-up, which in the past has included the sort of coveted treats that inspire waiting lists (see their nail polishes Jade and Particulière), has some rather daring new products in their summer 2013 collection, out next month.

Cara leads Chanel's autumn/winter 2013 show during Paris Fashion Week

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.

Burberry and Dior scent success with beauty boutiques

Beauty boutiques are set to be all the rage for luxury brands as Burberry and Christian Dior begin a hunt for shops to sell their perfume and cosmetics collections in the UK.

Renaissance for wool industry as fashion world flocks back

Wool production in the UK is making a comeback, and to celebrate the resurgence of the industry the 2013 International Woolmark Prize will take place in London this week.

Stitch by stitch: A closer look at couture

Just what is it that makes couture so special? Gemma Hayward takes a closer look

After being Miu Miu face, young actress Hailee Steinfeld attends Chanel's haute couture show wearing a bright Chanel clutch and adds the tres chic touch with a black beret

Gallery: Front row at the Chanel haute couture show

Celebrities attend to Karl Lagerfeld's haute couture dream at Paris' Grand Palais.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway with models during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais

Paris welcomes the haute couture dream of Chanel's Karl Largerfeld

Paris's Grand Palais was transformed into a towering forest for today's Chanel haute couture show, an idea that Karl Largerfeld simply dreamed up.

Junya Watanabe Spring Summer 2012, Paris Fashion Week

Gemma tries it on: 'I have embraced the flurry of sample sales that happen at this time of year'

My work life has got a bit glamorous lately. Well, the last three days anyway. My week started by being whisked off to Milan to attend a party thrown by Dodo, the Italian jewellery company. I then flew straight to Edinburgh for Chanel's unbelievably lavish Métier d'Art show (I'm still not sure if that really happened? It was dream-like). Then finally it was back to London for two pressing Italian engagements: Christmas drinks hosted by Dolce & Gabbana, and later on that evening, a candlelit supper in Burlington Arcade with Salvatore Ferragamo.

Chanel wraps up in Scottish cashmere

Market fears fashion house's softly, softly grasp of high-end craft firms. Laura Chesters reports
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Coats, knits – even jumpsuits… It's all about oversizing this winter

On the catwalk at Moschino

Make mine a mini

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

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