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Cara Delevingne presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

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Cara Delevingne presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2014: Dynamic modernism and exquisite examples of handcraft

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.

The Lanvin runway show at Paris Fashion Week

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Fashion's all about evolution and revolution. Particularly in the pursuit of the new, and youthful. The Lanvin autumn/winter 2014 collection was both: at least, on paper. The styles referenced eighties new-wave, skinny models with partially-shaved hairstyles marching out in acid-bright varsity-jackets, skinny ties and giant trainers like characters from a Bret Easton Ellis novel.

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Kate Moss at the Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2011 show in Paris

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Kate Moss turns 40 today, and is still treading the boards for designers from A(lexander McQueen) to Z. Well, to Louis Vuitton, at least. Alexander Fury celebrates the life and career of the fashion’s longest-lasting catwalker.

Neil Barrett, Spring/Summer ’14

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