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The concept of a working man’s club was turned on its head for three days this week, as a host of female models, actors and fashionable creatives were invited to enjoy an exclusive pop-up members only club courtesy of Miuccia Prada.

Fashion: Pixie pioneers pick'n'mix

Oh, we do love to hate the Geldof sisters, don't we? Getting it in the neck this month is Pixie (that's the younger one, in case you're wondering, with the shorter hair and slightly less propensity for saying mind-bogglingly stupid things), whose fashion sense has offended a few corners of the style press already this year.

Martha Arthur: My 10-step plan to save Russell Brand

At this time of year, we can all find ourselves beleaguered by self-doubt, worry and other spiritual verrucas. So let me, Martha Arthur, apply the pumice stone of my famously tough advice. As the 'Dilemmas' columnist for The New Review, I receive the most touching postbag – confessions of trembling insecurity from 'Newsnight' anchormen, existential musings from top models, requests for advanced origami tips from ministers of state... So I am airing and sharing here a selection of my latest correspondence, in the interests of helping us all along the path to happiness, and nothing to do with clearing my credit-card bill. I hope these missives will cheer, encourage and titillate. I mean, enlighten. Love, Martha

DJ Taylor: Viva the virago

The death of Kathy Staff last week was a blow to that great comedy stalwart, the battle-axe. Today's girls desperately need someone solid to look up to

Shopping tribes of Britain

It’s beloved by royals and the Chelsea set, but home store General Trading Company is under threat. So which other social stereotypes have a retail relationship they couldn’t live without?

Pandora: Bob's girls just want to have fun

Pixie Geldof and her precocious sister Peaches find they are criticised for their hell-raising antics, but Sir Bob's 18-year-old daughter says it's not easy being the offspring of a living saint.

Pandora: Vauxhall's dancing queen

Morris dancers of Vauxhall exhale now – your local MP is fighting for you. Kate Hoey has never been the most conventional of Labour MPs, what with her pro-hunting credentials and now a City Hall job alongside Boris Johnson. Still, her latest move is a curious one even by those standards.

New kids on the block: Britain's graduate shows offer a tantalising glimpse of the future

A dress that resembles a giant wedding cake, and a skirt made of newspapers... it must be the graduate fashion shows. However, increasingly, the really crazy creations traditionally associated with student designs – think clocks coming out of stomachs – are giving way to a more commercially savvy approach. For some graduates, financial pressures and increasing competition mean that they want to show accessible collections that could attract employers straight away.

Pandora: A star is born

The cosmologist and Stringfellows aficionado Stephen Hawking is to add to his CV of cameos in the world of animated television.

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A whole different kind of terrible, Bart Freundlich's romantic comedy seems to distil the very essence of unfunniness. It focuses on two New York couples undergoing some heavy weather in their relationships. Julianne Moore is a stage actress married to David Duchovny, an ex-adman-turned-house husband whose need for sex leads him into an affair, while aspiring writer Maggie Gyllenhaal dreams of a big family but can't get layabout boyfriend Billy Crudup to commit.

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