Love thy neighbour: Margo Leadbetter enjoyed the sadomasochistic sport of Surbiton social climbing

Every now and again, fashion alights on the old cliché of the bourgeoise woman as a focal point. Generally, it means primness, plenty of pearls, maybe a bit of free-falling georgette and a pussy-cat bow. It's a look Miuccia Prada loves, hence the rest of the fashion world does too. It smacks of old Saint Laurent, a bit Belle de Jour. All terribly French. But personally, I can't see those bourgeoise stalwarts without thinking of Margo Leadbetter in The Good Life – opening the style up to a very different interpretation indeed.

Modern masterpieces: Designers turn to the art world for inspiration

This season, a host of designers looked to high art and homespun crafts for inspiration, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Get the look: Geometric prints

I hear it's hip to be square this summer. Geek-chic revival? Revival? Would that it had ever gone away. But returning to your question, more precisely: it's hip to wear squares. Or diamonds or triangles, for that matter.

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From coffee tours and festival checklists to the Grand Canal and the pyramids

Model wears: skirt £20, awear.com

iStyle: It’s hip to be square

Tired of tartan? Then trade it in for a more  minimal take on checks, says Naomi Attwood

Designer golf bags, crystal table lamps, his-and-hers Christian Dior bathrobes: Ex-French president Sarkozy top gift giver to Obama family

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his supermodel wife, Carla Bruni, were clearly taken with President Barack Obama and his family back in 2011.

Retailer sees Gap for upmarket boutique

US clothing giant Gap is looking to bring its new luxury boutique chain to the UK.

Mono mania: In the style stakes, everything is black and white

Styling: Gemma Hayward

Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Karl Lagerfeld set to open first store in Britain

The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, known for his eccentric style and controversial opinions, is close to agreeing a deal to open his first store in the UK.

All scrubbed up: The best new grooming gear, fragrances and post-shower products

Fusion Pro Glide, £15.99, Gillette, available nationwide

Regime change: The best men's grooming products

(From left to right) 1. Pure Badger Brush, £35, murdocklondon.com

From cream to caramel to cocoa, neutral shades are a luxurious foil to the bright colours of summer

The new way to go nude for spring/summer

From cream to caramel to cocoa, neutral shades are a luxurious foil to the bright colours of summer, says Emma Akbareian

We wear the world: tribal textiles

Traditional tribal textiles have never looked more modern, says Naomi Attwood

Keira Knightley is to star as Coco Chanel in a new film directed by Karl Lagerfeld

Ooh la la...Keira Knightley to star as Coco Chanel in new film directed by Karl Lagerfeld

Keira Knightley is to star in a new film about the life of Coco Channel, directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Who can actually sport yellow mascara without looking like they’re suffering from some sort of weird eye infection?

Sorry Karl, Chanel's yellow mascara is not quite mellow on the lash

Chanel make-up, which in the past has included the sort of coveted treats that inspire waiting lists (see their nail polishes Jade and Particulière), has some rather daring new products in their summer 2013 collection, out next month.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain