At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld (above, with model Cara Delevingne) had the Grand Palais mocked up to look like a French hypermarket. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

When one thinks of high fashion, one imagines a world of luxury, excess and a beauty that could reduce the most stony-faced person to sobs. For the(...)

LE BON MARCHE The finest department store in Paris with top international luxury brands, local and some lesser-known French labels, tempting(...)

Karl Lagerfeld and model Cara Delevingne appear at the end of his autumn-winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for Chanel at the Grand Palais. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

There comes a point when the seasons change and women want new armour to face the day, to raise the spirits and freshen up a tired wardrobe. Freud (...)

A model presents a creation from the John Rocha autumn/winter 2014 collection during London Fashion Week. Photograph: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Fashion occasionally mirrors life, but was it mere coincidence that so many collections at London Fashion Week at the weekend featured rainwear(...)

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys highlighted the marketing of tanning booths mainly at young women in their early 20s.  Photo: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Using a sunbed is like playing Russian roulette and the odds are stacked against Irish people because of their fairer skin and susceptibility t(...)

I have a soft spot for denim, but am not in the mood for jeans. How can I weave that most durable fabric into my spring/summer look? Denim i(...)

Cara Delevingne during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week: Haute Couture last week. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images

The shock piece at Paris Fashion Week: Haute Couture did not come from the collection of revived surrealist Elsa Schiaparelli, nor from Donatella Vers(...)

Some 929 litres of counterfeit alcohol were seized in the period to the end of October this year.

Seizures of counterfeit alcohol increased fourfold this year compared with last, while seizures of smuggled cigarettes and tobacco appear to have decl(...)

Blue snakeskin stilettoes, €245 by Lucy Choi at Seagreen; Versace’s Crystal Noir eau de toilette, €43 for 30ml at Boots; River Island’s bouclé coat, €120, comes in cream, baby pink and (pictured) a rich raspberry; Whistles Limited calf-hair satchel, €490

Buying for the woman in your life is a challenge – one that’s often compounded by the strong impression that she already has everything she needs. Chr(...)

FOR THE HOME ITSELF  The Christmas candle gets a modern twist. Superliving’s brightly coloured candlesticks, come in three sizes; the 21cm and 28cm Cosmos are €21 and €26 respectively. The shapely Curve, 20cm, is €26, all at Ranelagh- based Magpie Trading magpietrading.ie

Great gift ideas for that will bring a smile to all interioristas, from hostesses with the mostest, hard to buy menfolk, bachelors, Panks – profession(...)

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