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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Jan Kounen, 118 mins (15)<br/>Undertow, Javier Fuentes-Leon, 100 mins (15)

I say, Coco, would you mind turning off the cold tap?

Coco Chanel &amp; Igor Stravinsky (15)

Jan Kounen's drama picks up more or less at the point when Coco Before Chanel (with Audrey Tautou) left off – with Coco mourning the death of her lover Boy Capel and hitting her stride as the most celebrated couturière in France.

Rhiannon Harries: Can the ugly facts really kill the beautiful myth?

At some point in the past 10 years it became mandatory for everyone to have – alongside an all-time favourite album and an item you'd save if the house was on fire – a personal style icon. People have been admiring the way others dress and attempting to emulate it for far longer than that, of course; it's just that latterly it has been standardised into a worthy artistic pursuit rather than imitation born of pure and simple envy.

Why fashion on screen lacks style

As a film on Isabella Blow is planned, Geoffrey Macnab argues that haute couture and cinema are more likely to clash than complement

Pastoral symphony: Why style leaders can't resist a roll in the hay

This season fashion has turned to crochet knits, raffia trim, and floral prints to capture an unashamedly rustic mood. From Marie Antoinette to Karl Lagerfeld, Susannah Frankel explains why style leaders can't resist a roll in the hay

Chanel show: 13,000 flowers on one outfit, 1,300 hours of work for another

Karl’s Lagerfeld’s latest couture show for Chanel showed exactly why he is such a fashion legend. Today’s spring/summer 2010 collection presented the skills of the Parisian ateliers to perfection, whilst retaining an impressive lightness of touch. With all the beads, bows and jewels in Paris at your disposal it takes a disciplined designer to use them judiciously.

Chanel glows in sweet pastel rainbow

hanel basked in luminous pastels earlier today with a spring-summer 2010 haute couture show dubbed neon Baroque by the label's chief designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

Full list of Orange British Academy Film Award nominations

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DVD: Coco Before Chanel, For retail & rental, (Optimum)

Aka, "Coco Chanel: The Not Very Interesting Years". This French biopic focuses on Gabrielle Chanel (Audrey Tautou) when she was an aspiring cabaret singer who sponged off various sugar daddies, well before she achieved her legendary success.

Baroness Susan Greenfield: We agonise too much over looks

It is a complete nonsense to suggest that only airheads can look attractive and that brainy girls are condemned to a life of dowdiness.

Down on the farm with Karl and Lily

Susannah Frankel witnesses a rural-themed Paris show by Chanel supremo Karl Lagerfeld

Daisy Lowe's adventures behind the lens

She famously graced the cover of I-D magazine in a naked embrace with boyfriend Will Cameron, fronted a raunchy Agent Provocateur campaign alongside Peaches Geldof, and was personally cast by Karl Lagerfeld to strut her stuff on Chanel’s catwalk. Now the model Daisy Lowe is taking a turn behind the camera, photographing her every move for Stories of the Eye, a collaborative online project in association with VICE and Olympus.

To view Daisy’s visual diary, and to start your own photo blog – with a chance to win a rather sexy Olympus Pen in the process – visit viceland.com/storiesoftheeye/daisy.php.

See Saturday’s Independent Magazine for an interview with Daisy.

Click here or on the image to the right to see Daisy's photos

The sweet smell of success

Chanel will only allow the very best jasmine to make its signature No 5 perfume, and that has come from the same fields in Provence for the last 88 years. Genevi&egrave;ve Roberts finds out how the farmers stay on the scent

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