Karl Lagerfeld

Inside Alice's wonderland

Alice Dellal has gained wider fame as Karl Lagerfeld's most recent muse.

"Sorry, I'll be with you in a minute," Alice Dellal says apologetically between mouthfuls of a late dinner, while trying not to burn her mouth. 

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 10:39am

Paris Fashion Week: good things come to those who wait

A model wears a creation by British designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  Photo: AP

Fashion Week is almost over. As some of the hip crowd heads to Carine Roitfeld's party tonight at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, there are others that lie utterly exhausted and spent. But despite this being the penultimate day of the Paris schedule, it's not to say it wasn't full of wonder and excitement.

16 Oct 2012 - 3:40pm

Chanel jacket is star of the show

The LBD, or little black dress, is not the only outfit that is small, black and universally flattering, according to Karl Lagerfeld.

Chanel's prolific designer has teamed up with former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld to celebrate the label's classic little black jacket through an international exhibition and a coffee table book of the same name.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wants & needs

Fly the flag

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A foot in both camps

Rupert Sanderson sits in his Mayfair showroom in London, surrounded by his autumn-winter 2012 shoe collection, and waxes poetic. 'I love the fascination; that talisman-like magic that shoes have,' he says.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Queen Carine

'With Karl [Lagerfeld], you never know exactly what you will do,' says Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, the French edition of the fashion bible. 'You have an idea but you never know how it's going to finish, how long it's going to take or who is going to come; it's always a surprise.'

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Classic couture

'For me,' Carine Roitfeld says, 'it's a very easy jacket to wear, almost like a denim jacket - but more chic. And the most beautiful things you don't see. They're inside and hidden: the silk, the details, the little chain and the cut. It's very subtle.'

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Counting the days

Day one

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chanel plus

The sun has just set across Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in the middle of Tokyo. The park is tranquil apart from the low buzz of excited chatter from guests entering a huge temporary structure in the centre. Chanel has taken over Tokyo for three days of lavish celebrations that include an haute couture show, a book launch, a pop-up store and an epic party.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Style meter


Chunky chain bracelets - Add a bit of ghetto with old-school gold.

Wispy silks and organza - Here engineered to resemble gills by Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel.

Come to bed shoes - We love Charlotte Olympia's feathered stilettos.


Dishwater-coloured furs - Dank, drab and depressing.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean inspiration

The oceanic and underwater themes of the Spring-Summer 2012 season have seen endless inspiration from the various fashion houses, with designers breaking from humdrum beach-inspired pieces for offerings that are never shabby and always chic. Chanel's line has been impressive as always, but Karl Lagerfeld isn't one to just sit back and drift into a standard seaside theme.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Olympia Le-Tan

Who started it? As the daughter of French illustrator and bibliophile Pierre Le-Tan, Olympia has been around creative individuals her whole life. Her debut into fashion was a prestigious one, when she won an internship under Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and went on to take an apprenticeship with Gilles Dufour at Balmain.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Music sets perfect tone

Music is a perpetual muse in the ever-fickle fashion world.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Wants & Needs

Surreal shopper

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

It's peek season for autumn styles

If you don't enjoy wading through hordes of shoppers or fighting over discounted shoes, then spend this month checking out what next season has to offer. As the summer sales roll out, brands begin their previews for autumn fashion.

The commercial pre-autumn ranges are not overly exciting. So the tasters of autumn style are perfect for deciding what will be hot in September.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am