Henry Holland

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.

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.

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.

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