Some trends are more irritating than inspiring.
Today's Young British Artists are well-connected, appear in Tatler and are mostly Oxbridge-educated – a far cry from the rough edges of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.
Summer is here, the much derided home information packs are gone, house prices are slowly returning to their 2007 peak and you have decided to put your home on the market. This time, however, it is different – you have recession wary and double-dip conscious buyers to contend with. They will interrogate and evaluate, sniff around inside and even dig around elsewhere. But get the essentials right and invest only in improvements that will add value, and a faster sale, better price, and reduced chance of deals falling through could be your reward.
Perfectly-pitched spring/summer 2010 shows at London Fashion Week proved the event has finally come of age, writes Susannah Frankel
British designer pulls big names for first home showing in a decade
Sequins, denim, Eighties glamour and soft Forties styles – the new season is suprisingly democratic. So shop early to avoid the throng, says Harriet Walker
Graduation to most of us meant rented gowns trimmed with itchy fake fur, worn in the summer sun while queuing up to be photographed holding a rolled-up piece of paper. These images then duly haunt you forever, gazing down from proud relatives' mantelpieces. But for fashion graduates, it's a very different story: the only gowns involved are worthy of the red carpet, and pictures are taken by catwalk pros rather than "watch the birdie" amateurs.