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Paris Fashion Week: out of this world

In the packed schedules of Paris’s spring/summer 2016 shows, the ideas that really stood out were from designers who took us on a journey to their own private universe.

Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2014: Dynamic modernism and

Haute couture today is about spectacle. And the most spectacular of spectacles, inevitably, comes courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. I'm not talking sunglasses there, although they are one of the motivating factors behind the few houses still staging the elaborate, labour-intensive and usually loss-making couture shows. There aren't many women in the market for five-figure frocks.

Fact and fashion blur in portraits of industry’s great and good

As with clothes, there is a fashion tome to suit every taste. Some will become an invaluable, well-thumbed resource for students and fashion fanatics, while others present a moment of fantasy to be displayed with pride on a coffee table already groaning with beautiful books.

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You don't need to wear a suit to look smart in the summer: a mix-but-don't-match sports coat comes into its own this season

The boys in blue

Summer suiting comes in every sapphire shade. Here is the high street's take on menswear's current love affair with blue-collar style