Chanel funds buyout of Scottish cashmere firm

Chanel has stepped in to rescue a Scottish cashmere maker after other buyers walked away.

Printed matters

Layer as many patterns as possible to make the ultimate statement this season. Here's how to do it on the high street, says Charlotte Owen

Jumper £69.99, shirt £34.99, skirt £39.99, hm.com

Printed Matter: Make a bold style statement this season

Layer as many patterns as possible this season to make a bold style statement. Charlotte Owen offers a how-to guide to the trend on the high street

The midas touch: Go over the top with this season's opulent baroque look

Styling: Gemma Hayward & Magda Bryk

Double-breasted coat, £3,995, by Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.com; platform shoes, price upon request, by JW Anderson, j-w-anderson.co.uk

Ready To Wear: Poor Hedi Slimane, let's give the boy a chance

Fashion is a mercilessly fast-moving creature and even the most gifted designers step in and out of it only at their peril.

Man about town: Fine and dandy

If you want to be a sharp-suiter this winter, it’s worth a little investment

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 show included a prosaic mode of transport as the models came down to the catwalk via escalators

Fashion: Escalators are on the up

Last season, models emerged from a steam train with porters holding their luggage; the spring-summer season before that they rode a fairytale merry-go-round. Yesterday, Marc Jacobs chose a rather more prosaic mode of transport for his chosen girls.

The Chanel ready-to-wear show in Paris featured turbines

Lagerfeld's latest big idea: more is more

Karl Lagerfeld installed a suitably polished wind farm in the monumental Grand Palais for his show for Chanel in Paris yesterday. In terms of scale, this was the biggest production of the week – there was more floor space, more models, more clothes and a larger audience. As an exercise in sheer power, then, it was unprecedented as befits a fashion brand widely believed to be the most successful in the world, though not one generally famed for its conservative carbon footprint.

A model striding down the catwalk, sporting a brand new creation by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato

Catwalk focus at Paris Fashion Week

Photographers capture a model striding down the catwalk, sporting a brand new creation by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato, who yesterday unveiled her spring-summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week.

The 10 Best men's fragrances

Whether an old favourite, new launch or bestseller, these scents are sure to please even the most masculine of sensibilities

To boldly go... the trends laid bare

Big shapes, bigger baubles and a brave spirit dominate the new season's collections, says Susannah Frankel. Dare to wear these clothes

Neo-goth severity is updated with Byzantine bravado by way of religious iconography and sumptuous textures

Trend watch: This autumn's key looks cater to every taste

From deco luxe and sci-fi to neo-gothic and baroque...

Kim Kardashian is unlikely to be embraced by the world of high fashion

Fashion: Can Kim Kardashian's klothing konvince?

"Does Kim Kardashian belong on the cover of a fashion magazine?" asks this week's New York magazine, next to a close-up of the perennially pouting reality-television star.

Dotty vision: Yayoi Kusama

Polka dots are Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama's lifelong inspiration, obsession and passion.

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