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Sunset Stripped Party Lashes £7.99, Katy Perry for Eylure, eylure.co.uk

Alexander Fury: The irony of redesigning fashion brands

Wear, What, Why, When?

Indyplus video: Paris Fashion Week S/S 2014

Watch highlights from Paris Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014 PRET-A-PORTER below:

Purple haze: Nestlé wins fight to use Cadbury colour

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Models walk for the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2014 collection

Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton show sees Marc Jacobs quit on a high

Final collection wasn’t subtle but it had a sophisticated power

Paris Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton to focus on his own brand after emotional show

Designer leaves fashion house to focus on his brand with inspiring final collection

Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2014 show took place in front of an art gallery style backdrop

It’s not art, it’s shrewd Chanel, and it looks like a billion dollars

The sales figures (a billion by recent estimates) have become an art form in themselves

Cara Delevingne on the runway for Stella McCartney

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney flatlines while Hedi Slimane drapes YSL in arrogance

The Paris Fashion Week schedule sometimes feels like it is set in stone – almost Biblical in its authority. On the seventh day, season in and season out, we see Stella McCartney and Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent. God got to rest. Fashion journos have no such luck.

Paperback review: Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, By Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie’s account of Coco Chanel’s eventful 87 years on this earth is written in a flowing, luxuriant style suitable to its subject. Here’s a selection of phrases from the first few pages: “perfumed and warm”, “a cocoon of luxury”, “jewel-coloured lipsticks”, “silk-lined tweed jackets”, “pearls and camellias”.

Another of Watanabe's evocative designs that perhaps herald a new approach to fashion

Slash fashion: Forget flim-flam and cheap frills, in Paris the intellectuals have taken over the catwalk as Japanese designers reign supreme

Two labels, Junya Watanabe and Rei Kawakubo, of Comme des Garçons, stand head and shoulders above most other designers in Paris. In fact, in the world. Their clothes are often dismissed as "intellectual" – frequently a pejorative term in fashion, when flim-flam and cheap thrills (or frills) are often preferable to clothes that question and provoke. That is intellectual, of course, but first and foremost they make fantastic fashion that propels us to something new. It is no coincidence that many of the ideas hurrahed in the collections of other designers can be traced back to the catwalks of these two Japanese giants.

Jonathan Anderson - or JW Anderson, if you read the labels stitched into his garments – isJonathan Anderson - or JW Anderson, if you read the labels stitched into his garments a hot ticket of the week

French luxury giant LVMH buys stake in British fashion designer JW Anderson

LVMH already owns brands including Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon and Marc Jacobs

The 10 Best new foundations

A change of season is the best time to pick out a new base - look for luminescent  formulas packed with nutrients or mattifying versions to combat shine

LVMH snaps up a majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood

The French luxury group LVMH has taken a majority stake in London shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood.

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