Life and Style

Clockwise from top left: Active Pure Detox mask, £29.50, Givenchy, houseoffraser.co.uk

Show girl

Honor Fraser modelled John Galliano's debut collection for Givenchy just over a year ago, and attended his recent triumph at Christian Dior. Now she's just starred for Alexander McQueen in his first Givenchy show. Tamsin Blanchard hears her tale of two collections -, and three famous Brits - in Paris last month. Illustrator Richard Gray captures the moments

Rude boys

Tamsin Blanchard finds skinheads and mods mingling with baggy- trousered wide boys at the Paris menswear collections. Photographs by Jon Fischer

Made in Streatham, made it in Paris

John Galliano (left), plumber's son, born in Gibraltar, and raised in dreary south London, is truly one of us. He is the darling of the French, but as English as an illegal rave

Givenchy swings back to the future

Alexander McQueen, the maverick designer, has created a clear- cut, modern, first haute couture collection. Tamsin Blanchard reports from Paris. Pictures by Ben Elwes

Briton gives Givenchy a Greek look

Alexander McQueen, the Damien Hirst of the fashion world, shocked Paris yesterday by unveiling his first collection for the Givenchy couture house without shocking.

Versace slinks into Paris for the spring

The undisputed king of slinky evening dressing opened the Paris spring and summer couture shows yesterday with a mix of the tasteful and the garish, the colours clashing on wildly-patterned sequined dresses, writes Tamsin Blanchard.

lots of partridges and no bloody poetry

Twelfth Night tomorrow and it's time for one last look at this year's cards and a brief thought for everyone who sent them. I suppose you know you're getting old when you start getting cards and not knowing who they're from. "Merry Christmas from John and illegible" in Hong Kong causes several minutes of incomprehension. Then realisation dawns: a long- lost friend who decamped to the Orient years ago and legend had it, married a Mongolian, thus revealing depths of romance and passion hitherto undreamed of behind a rather stolid exterior.

The stuff of fantasy

First it was Jane Austen adaptations, now it's `Evita' - how small and large screens put ideas into designers' heads.

Hooked on classics

Although completely contemporary, these designs first took shape before Alexander McQueen was even a twinkle in his mother's eye. Audrey Hepburn's favourite Givenchy sheath dress, for example, has changed little over the decades, while Joseph Thimister at Balenciaga pays homage to his mentor by recreating the meringue- caped dress from original sketches by Cristobal. Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking suit has been in production for 30 years, and Coco Chanel was photographed by Cecil Beaton wearing a gold lace coat-dress, like the one shown overleaf, back in 1935. Reinvention for modern women. Photographs by Francois Rotger. Styling by Sophia Neophitou

Lacroix still a master of the mix

It was African, 18th-century with a little bit of Mozart madness thrown in for good measure. Christian Lacroix, the master of eccentric French dressing, showed an upbeat but disciplined collection yesterday. There were bright mixes of colour, fine woven fabrics, and bright abstract patterns.

Dior day looms for John Galliano

Fashion wars: British designer poised to take over top job at French house

Sporting chance for Galliano

John Galliano showed his second haute couture collection for the House of Givenchy yesterday, in a sports stadium on the outskirts of Paris.

a stranger in paris

John Galliano's debut has sent shock waves through the genteel house of Givenchy. Tamsin Blanchard reports overleaf

THE MILLINER'S TALE

Stephen Jones has been creating wondrous, gravity-defying hats since the heady days of the Blitz Club a decade and a half ago. His first commission came from the proprietor of the club, Steve Strange; and it didn't take long before his headgear was sitting atop the raggedy plaits of Boy George. But although Jones's fashionable creations gained him instant notoriety, it is his talent for making striking hats for all occasions that has been responsible for the continuing growth of his business. Jones makes hats for Galliano, Givenchy and Balenciaga; Philip Treacy, the other great Nineties hatter, began his apprenticeship with Jones. Last November, Jones opened his first shop, which is in London's Covent Garden. This Easter, the milliner offers tips on when and where to wear his hats.

TELEVISION: `Esther' (BBC 2)

The consumer's champion isn't the only one who rants on.
Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'
Singapore's domestic workers routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals

Singapore's hidden secret of domestic worker abuse

David Cameron was shown the country's shiniest veneer on his tour. What he didn't see was the army of foreign women who are routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals
Showdown by Shirley Jackson: A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic

Showdown, by Shirley Jackson

A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic
10 best DSLRs

Be sharp! 10 best DSLRs

Up your photography game with a versatile, powerful machine
Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash