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He has directed music videos for Lana Del Ray, Katy Perry, Drake and Rihanna but now it’s his turn to take the limelight.

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It's simple, chic and stripy. Fashion's love affair with the French fisherman's traditional garb will run and run. And, says Harriet Walker, pourquoi pas?

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Nicky Haslam says Beth Ditto isn't beautiful, just fat. "Parties" wouldn't dream of wading into such a spat, but we can report that the Gossip girl was operating on Gas Mark 8 at the Royal Academy of Arts' summer exhibition party last week, first to shimmy up the blue carpet and last to leave, belting out her songs on a specially erected stage as the well-refreshed throng tripped into the night.

The Carpenter's Arms, Fulbrook Hill, Fulbrook, Burford, Oxfordshire

Some gastropubs have too much pub and not enough gastro, and you find yourself eating your lunch balanced on your knees. Some are all gastro and no trace of pub at all, as though the management decided one day that people who just stand around drinking beer and talking on their premises are horrid riff-raff. It takes a place like the Carpenter's Arms in Fulbrook to remind you how the joint concept is supposed to work.

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Stylish and editor, 37

Shoulders barge back into fashion

Big shoulders are back. The fifth day of London Fashion Week yesterday confirmed a major trend of the week, and potentially the season. The only consolation for people who remember them with a shudder from last time around is the variety of shapes. There's more to the look than Alexis Colby or Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.

Here come the girls: The women set to take over Fashion East

London Fashion Week’s ultra-hip kid sister, Fashion East, has already given us Richard Nicholl, Henry Holland and Jonathan Saunders. This year, it’s the ladies’ turn to shine

La Roux, Notting Hill Arts Club, London

So girls, you want to make it big in music now that the death knell for guitar bands is sounding? Judging by recent successes – Ladyhawke, Little Boots and Lady GaGa, to name but three – you could be forgiven for thinking it's as easy as giving yourself a quirky moniker, grabbing some synths, a keyboard and laptop and being heralded as the new sound of pop. A strong look is also essential, with these girls respectively resembling Stevie Nicks as re-imagined by Skins, Princess Leia meets the Left Bank and a drag queen. Just don't forget to write some deliciously catchy electropop tunes, too.

Annie Mac: Young, gifted and credible

Every weekend on Radio 1, Annie Mac gets clubbers in the mood on Friday – and then hosts a pop show for teens on Sunday. Rob Sharp meets a multitalented DJ

Pandora: McGee creates a storm over a form

He is the legendary music mogul behind such greats as Oasis, Teenage Fanclub and Primal Scream, and one of the industry's most influential voices. Now Creation Records' founder Alan McGee has lent his support to a campaign against legislation which critics say will pour cold water over the UK music industry.

Checks appeal

From the highlands to the home, tartan rules the roost. Annie Deakin falls in love with tartan. Literally.

The Killers' difficult third album (cover)

After artist Paul Normansell created an image of Kate Moss for GQ magazine, he landed the commission of a lifetime. By Alice Jones

Fashion: The latest in hobo chic

Anyone who has ever chuckled at the scene in Ben Stiller's fashion-world spoof Zoolander in which a designer unveils a clothing collection inspired by "the vagrants that make this wonderful city" will no doubt be aware of the industry's occasional ability to transform the most inappropriate subject matter into a sartorial statement. In the case of this season's "luxe grunge" trend, designers have fortunately stopped short of channelling actual vagrants and opted for the nearest acceptable alternative, the proponents of the early 90s grunge scene.

In The Red: 'I've found that the desire to look like Agyness Deyn does not a cyclist make'

Well. Last week's column clearly struck a chord – the emails positively flooded in (OK, "flooded" may be an exaggeration, although there was a definite bump in in-box). It seems that many of you have had the exact same problem with John Lewis, being forced to endure faulty fridges, warm freezers and exploding washing-machines sitting unrepaired for months on end.

In The Red: 'How did the simple purchase of a fridge turn into a 10-week ordeal?'

This week, I was going to write about cycling – a couple of weeks ago, I promised to start, having seen one too many photos of Agyness Deyn zipping around town à bicyclette. But now, I'm afraid, I can't.

Campbell's charity show brings light relief to fashion week

Last night's Fashion For Relief charity show couldn't have been further from London's reputation as a home to cutting-edge, experimental new designers.

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