Ready to Wear: 'My son dresses with practicality in mind; his penguin pal's style is a different story'

The magnificence of fashion reveals itself in myriad and often quite mysterious ways and this applies particularly where the tastes of children are concerned.

Phillips Idowu: Hang on to your hats... here comes Idowu

Boy from the school of hard knocks is making great strides in triple jump and can land Olympic gold in 2012 to finally leapfrog Edwards. Simon Turnbull speaks to Phillips Idowu

The ten best leggings

Jazz up your outfit with a pair of these wonderful leggings.

The Chamber is no place for the callow

Chloe Smith, 27, is too young, says soon-to-be 27 Matthew Bell

Pandora: Cash turns coach: Pat offers Natasha lessons

As tennis coaches go, they don't come much more prestigious (or, dare we say, photogenic) than Pat Cash.

Simon Rice: Spits, spats and spectacles at the Emirates

So Arsene Wenger's yet to make an appointment with the optician it would seem.

Parties: Hatters go mad at V&A

Forget the outfits — hats trumped haute couture at last Monday's V&A bash celebrating milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones's headgear exhibition.

Milliner's paradise: Stephen Jones turns detective to curate a new exhibition at the V&A

The milliner Stephen Jones has spent the past two years scouring the world for the rarest and most beautiful headgear ever created. He tells Lena Corner about his new exhibition at the V&A, and tips a hat to his 20 all-time favourite designs

On The Road: Souks and the city in Morocco

I love shopping, so Marrakech is paradise on earth for people like me. Whether it's the boutiques in La Ville Nouvelle or the shops in the souks, I'm there. Popping through the bazaar in the early evening is fine – the majority of treasures are being put safely away until the next day – and it makes for an eerie shortcut: empty, deserted, almost naked.

Joly Dom: Change has come – the loos at the Groucho are empty

I knew it was a momentous event – the Groucho Club loos were deserted. A room packed with the great and the not so good of Soho media sat staring at the television watching the swearing-in of the most powerful person in the world. Champagne corks were popping – it was as if the credit crunch had been put on hold for a brief interlude while we all made sure that George Bush really was going to relinquish the heady reins of power. After a while, it became something of a panto atmosphere. The evil spectre of Dick Cheney arriving, rather fittingly, in a wheelchair raised a chorus of boos. Someone asked how he was going to get down the stairs to his seat. I suggested that he should simply be given a push and see what happened.

An Expert in Murder, By Nicola Upson

Elizabeth Mackintosh, who published mysteries under the name Josephine Tey, is now best remembered for her classic whodunit The Daughter of Time. In her day, however, she was more celebrated as the author of the West End hit, Richard of Bordeaux – a historical drama that starred John Gielgud and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies. In this polished debut, Upson appropriates the persona of Tey, turning her into a fictional character of her own.

Britain's most creative young talents

A designer of flamboyant hats and an artist who sends messages to the moon have been named as Britain's most creative young talents. By Matilda Egere-Cooper

Ask Martha: Should I tell me friend that her fiancée is sleeping around?

Got a social dilemma? Martha Arthur has the answer...
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