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Gallery: Front row at the Chanel haute couture show

Celebrities attend to Karl Lagerfeld's haute couture dream at Paris' Grand Palais.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway with models during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais

Paris welcomes the haute couture dream of Chanel's Karl Largerfeld

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£165 dress, bag £75, Whistles, whistles.co.uk

Earn your stripes

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Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with under-aged prostitute Karima El Mahroug

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Jumpsuit, £290, Maje (net-a-porter.com; 020-7493 5530)

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Junya Watanabe Spring Summer 2012, Paris Fashion Week

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My work life has got a bit glamorous lately. Well, the last three days anyway. My week started by being whisked off to Milan to attend a party thrown by Dodo, the Italian jewellery company. I then flew straight to Edinburgh for Chanel's unbelievably lavish Métier d'Art show (I'm still not sure if that really happened? It was dream-like). Then finally it was back to London for two pressing Italian engagements: Christmas drinks hosted by Dolce & Gabbana, and later on that evening, a candlelit supper in Burlington Arcade with Salvatore Ferragamo.

Chanel wraps up in Scottish cashmere

Market fears fashion house's softly, softly grasp of high-end craft firms. Laura Chesters reports

The best Christmas gifts for the sharp-dressed man

Main image: skull umbrella, £185, Liberty

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