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

Chanel funds buyout of Scottish cashmere firm

Chanel has stepped in to rescue a Scottish cashmere maker after other buyers walked away.

The Chanel ready-to-wear show in Paris featured turbines

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.

Kim Kardashian is unlikely to be embraced by the world of high fashion

Fashion: Can Kim Kardashian's klothing konvince?

"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.

Spectators watch a big screen in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Royal medal for Zara Phillips delights the horsey set at London 2012

In Greenwich Park, yet another gold near miss for Team GB did little to damp the spirits of the equestrian enthusiasts

Wet suits: Surf style meets high fashion

Surf style meets high fashion, no waves required

A model catwalks for Chanel's Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012-2013 collections show yesterday at Grand Palais in Paris

Chanel blossoms on the Paris catwalk with a spellbinding exhibition from Lagerfeld

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.

Kim Brown says: 'For a Seventies feel, pair coral lips with turquoise eyes. Use a cream eyeshadow, like Shu Uemura's pearl light blue, blending the edges to fade out. A dewy complexion works well with this; try Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua Compact.'

Strokes of genius: How to create summer's bold make-up look

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.

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Look but don't touch: Haute couture gets more elaborate...and more expensive

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

Great lengths: the opening ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2012
Karl Lagerfeld has form when it comes to insults

Handbags at dawn: Fallouts of the fashionistas

Karl Lagerfeld has form when it comes to insults. Kunal Dutta and Rebecca Gonsalves look back

Made in Britain: How our fashion is being exported globally

Sharp designs and heritage brands are putting British clothes into wardrobes around the world. This summer's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics present a unique selling opportunity. Laura Chesters reports
British singing sensation Adele is 'a little too fat,' according to Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld's big mouth causes trouble with 'fat' Adele jibe

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".

Karl Lagerfeld takes the applause after the Chanel haute couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris

Now that's a runway show... Chanel wows Paris's high fliers

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.

Ready To Wear: The finesse of haute couture was in François Lesage's blood

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.

Not-so-exclusive: the near-identical photos adorning three recent covers

Snap! How Carey Mulligan inadvertently became the glossies' ultimate cover girl

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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