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Who introduced fashion to fetishism? Many lay claim. There's Christian Dior for one, who idolised his mother and tried to recreate modern women in her Belle Époque image. John Galliano based a whole Dior collection around that titillating Freudian conceit.

Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend

Fantasy Band: Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend

'I like sparse, pretty guitar lines... and Romy Madley-Croft is great at writing and playing them'

Simon Price: There's no going back to the Old Grey Twilight Zone

The hippy tastes of Bob Harris were blown away by glam rock and punk

Kings of Leon, Hyde Park, London<br/>tUnE-yArDs, The Haunt, Brighton

The US rockers used to be warm and engaging, so why have they become such whingers?

Ready To Wear: Animals &ndash; you name it, they've knitted it

Everyone loves an animal print.

Roxy Music, 02 Arena, London

Only quite late on in the evening, somewhere between Bryan Ferry's plaintive whistle in "Jealous Guy" and the longed-for intro to "Virginia Plain", is Roxy Music's O2 audience roused to something like excitement. It's clearly a huge relief to Ferry, but it's the band's own fault: with as elegantly innovative a back catalogue as Roxy's, this should have been a torrent of exuberant memories, but for substantial portions of the set the longueurs are alleviated only by the consistently exciting guitar work of Phil Manzanera, as the band leads us around some of the less sparkling corners of their history. It's like going through a photo album and finding several of the most important snapshots missing: where are "Ladytron", "Both Ends Burning", "Dance Away", "Pyjamarama"?

Stay the night: Hilton, The Hague

Hilton is drawing on the locations of its hotels to 'reinvigorate' the brand, says Rafaela Corugedo

Mick Karn: Innovative bass-player with the esoteric early-Eighties band Japan

Synthesizers and drum machines might have dominated the music of the early Eighties, but the bass guitar also became prominent at the start of the decade that taste forgot.

Smoke Fairies: Folk heroines' long odyssey

With support from Jack White and Bryan Ferry, Smoke Fairies are no ordinary folk-oriented outfit. Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies met as part of a school choir in rural Sussex, gaining further inspiration from their parents' Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young records and a desire to get the hell out of Chichester.

Devendra Banhart, Koko, London

"Alternative-folk", "freak-folk", even "psych-folk" are expressions that have been used to describe the Texan-born singer Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs. But at Koko, it became clear that the group, part of the New Weird America movement, has morphed into a very different beast from the quirky, folky hippies who produced Cripple Crow in 2005.

David Beckham set for Jonathan Ross' 'Friday Night With' swansong

David Beckham and Hollywood star Jackie Chan will be the final guests as Jonathan Ross bows out from his BBC1 chat show, it was announced today.

Album: Various artists, Ethiopiques 24 (Buda)

The wealth of sublime music produced in Ethiopia in the 1970s (before a military junta stopped the party) seems to have no end.

My Fantasy band - Peter Hook, ex-New Order

Vocals - Iggy Pop
As well as being a fantastic songwriter, he lives the rock 'n' roll dream... or nightmare! When I was in New Order we played with the Stooges and we were so terrified to talk to Iggy, we couldn't do it.

Susie Rushton: The week that parties are all the fashion

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