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Coco before Chanel (12A), Anne Fontaine, 110 mins

Anne Fontaine's biopic of a woman who would become the grande dame of 20th-century couture looks very beautiful, and Audrey Tautou in the title role retains a cool mystique.

The real Coco Chanel

A biopic of 'Mademoiselle' Chanel is set to be one of the movie hits of the summer. John Lichfield reports on an icon who prospered in Nazi-occupied France

Audrey Tautou - Style with substance

Audrey Tautou plays Coco Chanel in a movie about the designer's beginnings. She tells Chris Sullivan of her fascination with the icon

Eternal darkness: Why the fashion world can't live without black

This summer, the new black is... well, we can guess the rest, can't we?

Karl Lagerfield: Designs for ballet

The stars of the English National Ballet have a celebrated new costumier – Karl Lagerfeld. Charlotte Cripps joins them at the fitting

Scent of a woman: How does Chanel stay top dog in the perfume world?

There are "muses" and then there are "faces". The differences between the two are subtle but manifold. A muse is principally a cost-free affair, based on friendship more often than not. A face, on the other hand, is a high-earner, likely to secure many millions for any services required.

All fine and dandy on Chanel catwalk

A scuffle over Kate Moss wasn't going to stop Karl Lagerfeld showing his Regency-inspired collection

Lagerfeld glows with his rhapsody in white

Chanel recaptures its essence with designer's response to world recession

Tsar Karl: Lagerfeld's Russian dolls

Lagerfeld picked a Russian theme for his show last week, reflecting Chanel's historic connection with Moscow – where sales of his luxurious clothes are booming. Carola Long reports from Paris

Little black magic: Return of the little black dress

The LBD is always a winner in the fashion stakes, and Balenciaga's take on it, although inspired by Fifties film-noir heroines, couldn't be more now, says Susannah Frankel

Frocks and fantasy: The photographs of Sarah Moon

Whether for Cacharel, Biba or Vogue, the photographs of Sarah Moon have the power to bewitch. Susannah Frankel meets a fashion legend

Beale's Best in show: Tourism Australia

Baz Luhrmann probably considers himself an artist. He makes big commercial movies (Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge) but he also makes commercials (Nicole Kidman in an ad for Chanel No 5). And now he’s made an ad for Tourism Australia.

Carola Long: Beauty Queen

While flicking through an airline shopping catalogue on a recent flight, I noticed the blurb accompanying a set of pale pink nail varnishes. "For instantly well-manicured nails that speak volumes about you,"it said. In fact, a wash of natural polish is a deliberate ploy to reveal very little about the wearer; it's safe, classic and an avoidance of self expression. "The groomed girl's comfort blanket," says Harrods nail guru Leighton Denny.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/a_nice_green_leaf/" target="_blank">A Nice Green Leaf: Smells as good as Chanel No.5 (To flesh-eating beetles)</a>

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