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Couture shows are little more than ludicrously expensive dress-up parties, so why do mere mortals get sucked in by the hype?

18th September, 2016
Karl Lagerfeld: What I hate are nasty, ugly people Pic: Getty

It’s the season of fashions shows, so people like Karl Lagerfeld are back in the news. Lagerfeld is the king of the modern fashion world, it seems, unless Vogue’s terrifying editor Anna Wintour could be said to trump him. He controls Chanel, you see, and Fendi. And he has his own brand.

This season, his claim to fame includes having just successfully flogged 2,500 “limited edition” pencil boxes for more than...

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