Stellar showings summarise the new spirit of modernity that’s revitalising the stuffy world of haute couture, says Alexander Fury
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Tuesday 16 October 2012
Chanel has stepped in to rescue a Scottish cashmere maker after other buyers walked away.
Wednesday 03 October 2012
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.
Thursday 16 August 2012
"Does Kim Kardashian belong on the cover of a fashion magazine?" asks this week's New York magazine, next to a close-up of the perennially pouting reality-television star.
Wednesday 01 August 2012
In Greenwich Park, yet another gold near miss for Team GB did little to damp the spirits of the equestrian enthusiasts
Saturday 07 July 2012
Surf style meets high fashion, no waves required
Wednesday 04 July 2012
Why hire an 18th-century salon complete with flower-festooned garden when you can build one yourself? That is what Karl Lagerfeld chose to do at the Grand Palais for the Chanel haute couture show in Paris yesterday. Guests walked on a grey carpet – so much smarter than a red one – flanked by potted camellias, famously Coco Chanel's favourite flower, and took their seats around little white tables on wicker chairs.
Saturday 16 June 2012
From coral lips to fly-away fringes, let make-up artist Kim Brown and hair stylist Richard Scorer guide you through the season's big, bold looks.
Monday 04 June 2012
Haute couture is the preserve of a tiny group of customers, but the collections are hugely influential. Christopher Kane leads a vanguard of labels employing ever more elaborate – and expensive – techniques, says Susannah Frankel
Friday 18 May 2012
Fan Bing Bing
Sunday 25 March 2012
Karl Lagerfeld has form when it comes to insults. Kunal Dutta and Rebecca Gonsalves look back
Sunday 19 February 2012
Wednesday 08 February 2012
He may head one of the most successful fashion houses in the world, but it appears Karl Lagerfeld has overstepped the boundaries of good taste by describing British singer Adele as "too fat".
Wednesday 25 January 2012
Karl Lagerfeld transformed the interior of Paris's Grand Palais into a private jet for the spring/summer 2012 Chanel haute couture show yesterday. Perhaps he felt it would make the handful of clients wealthy enough to invest tens of thousands of pounds in a single, hand-worked garment feel at home. Certainly, Chanel besuited guests appeared delighted as they walked through the metal walkway and circular lounge to their airline seats. Drinks were served from silver trolleys, all beneath a blue sky projection scattered with clouds.
Monday 12 December 2011
How ironic that just as the collective fashion consciousness turns its attention to the spring/summer season, and the craft of haute couture appears more influential than it has done for years, one of its main protagonists has left this world.
Saturday 10 December 2011
That look is just so last year! There was embarrassment in the world of fashion "glossies" after an almost-identical cover shot of Carey Mulligan graced the front of three magazines.
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