Henry Holland

Lure of the jingle: Entrepreneurs are giving vintage ice-cream vans a

The tinkle of "Greensleeves" was once a familiar sound in every residential street. But for many, that quintessential sound of summer is a fading memory as the traditional ice-cream van has declined to the point where only an estimated 500 are still operating, down from 20,000 in the 1950s.

Parties: Beth burns up the art world

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.

Fashion: Here comes the fuzz...

Springtime: chicks are hatching, lambs are gambolling and the fashion set are shag-tastic. No, not in the way you may think. We're talking shaggy coats, darling – whether crinkly sheep, long-haired goat or full-on fur, it's set to be the cognoscenti's outerwear of choice.

Parties: Eat your art out, darling

Of course they did it for the art, but the £13.5m expansion of the Whitechapel Gallery has made it an ideal venue for a party, too. Art-world movers and shakers did what they do best at last week's opening night, snaking up and down and in and out of the labyrinth of white-washed studios and spaces created from knocking through into a disused library next door.

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.

Lang Lang: So good, they named him twice

Lang Lang has come a long way since he was inspired to take up the piano by a Tom and Jerry cartoon - all the way to Carnegie Hall and 'Sesame Street'. Katy Guest meets China's most high-profile musician