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Couture clients are the world's most demanding shoppers. Susie Rushton finds plenty to please them in the Paris shows

Fashion: Perfect skin? I should Coco

Next week, Chanel launches a new range of beauty products which it hopes will revolutionise the market. But can this sophisticated Parisian interloper really take on the heavyweight marketing muscle of the skincare megabrands?

Fashion: Haute house atmosphere

Models stride down the catwalk in pounds 10,000 creations so outlandish that no one could ever wear them (and so heavy they can hardly be lifted). But, as the photographs of Gerard Uferas reveal, the haute couture collections are also a twice-yearly celebration of exquisite craftsmanship and sublime design. By Susannah Frankel

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ONE MORE step for mankind; one more giant step for Karl Lagerfeld. The king of Paris fashion never does things by half: no fewer than 80 models tramped down what seemed like a mile-long catwalk at the Chanel autumn/winter 2000 show in Paris yesterday.

Fashion: Off the peg - The future of handbag fashion has arrived, says Melanie Rickey

It took a year to create, and when four prototypes were unveiled last March at the Chanel show in Paris, they were closely guarded. After their catwalk debut security guards whisked them away like diamonds to an underground vault. Fashion experts took note: the 2005 had arrived.

Fashion: The Style Police: A suit that suits

Fashion has called time on tailored jackets. So what is a working woman to do now? James Sherwood to the rescue

Chanel offers a look to endure

THE SEVEN ages of the Chanel woman were represented in the audience at Karl Lagerfield's 1999 summer collection at the Modernist Palace to French opera at the Bastille yesterday - from bouffant hair and big gilt sunglasses to Twenties flapper and chic beret-wearing mademoiselle. This collection was for all of them and more - Lagerfeld was introducing clothes for a "new" Chanel woman.
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