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

Peter Philips: Chanel's golden boy

Two decades ago, Peter Philips never realised you could get paid to put lippy on; now he's got the biggest budget in make-up and the world is his compact

Susie Rushton: Beauty queen

I'm going to write a word that is hard to compute while we're still in the month of self-tanners, sunscreens and nice, summery bright-pink pedicures: Goth. Yes, the street style that stalked the Eighties is back this autumn. Fashion is into black lace, inky tulle and governess dresses and the concomitant beauty "story" is an updated version of the pale faces and exaggerated kohl-rimmed eyes of Siouxie Sioux and her sisters.

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Fashion icon: Hadid and Lagerfeld combine

What do you get if you combine the starchitect Zaha Hadid and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld? A handbag-inspired portable pavilion, of course

That 'je ne sais quoi': How French actresses trounce everyone in the style stakes

When the French actress Marion Cotillard swiped the Bafta for Best Actress from under the noses of Keira Knightley and Julie Christie, she not only trounced them on the big screen, but also on the red carpet. The star of the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, Cotillard looked radiant in short, sequined Chanel, making everyone else seem stuffy, including a rigid, pouting, Dior-clad Knightley.

Chanel takes Paris on a fairground ride

The Chanel carousel whirled into Paris yesterday and it was just as big, gold and bold as might be expected of this, still debatably France's most famous status label.

Lagerfeld comes up with a subtle new definition of beauty for Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld opened the day's proceedings in Paris yesterday with an haute couture collection for the house of Chanel that was as beautifully controlled as it is possible to imagine this most rarefied of craft forms to be.

Ready To Wear: Ethical Fashion?

Fashion, we all know, is about rather more than just frocks. With this in mind, the strange juxtaposition of two events in the British capital last Thursday provided food for thought. On the one hand, a substantial part of London's Victoria was cordoned off to allow the hugely privileged creature that is the core Chanel customer to attend that label's first ever fashion show in this country without having to rub shoulders with anything so unsightly as a member of the general public, say. On the other, outside branches of Topshop countrywide, War On Want were encouraging students - probably that high street institution's core customer - to protest against what it describes as the store's "exploitation of workers" in the developing world. "The 1.2 billion dividend for Sir Philip Green, who owns UK retailer Topshop, was enough to double the salaries of Cambodia's whole garment workforce for eight years," read a press release issued by that pressure group.

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