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.

Travel Agenda

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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