Album review: Kings of Leon, Mechanical Bull (Columbia)

Anyone who expected the Followills’s sixth album to reignite what first fired them up as a band of brothers (plus cousin) hadn’t reckoned on the limiting matter of their mutation into a stadium brand.

The Graphic Africa exhibition features the work of 16 designers from 10 countries and runs until 20 October.

iStyle: A tribal gathering of African-inspired design

Retailers and designers are riding a wave of African inspiration, writes Trish Lorenz

Lanvin Autumn/winter 2013

iStyle: Back on the train gang with fashionable footwear

Trainers are no longer just for the track, as sporty shoes have graduated to the most stylish of settings, says Lee Holmes

Singer Paloma Faith was present at the Temperley show

London Fashion Week: What women want - via the acquired tastes of Vivienne Westwood and L’Wren Scott

Viviene Westwood and L’Wren Scott show how female designers create for themselves at the start of London Fashion Week

Simple, flat shoes cause less damage than cushioned trainers

Old-fashioned plimsolls with flat soles are better for kids' feet

Modern trainers with thick heels makes it more difficult for young people to learn to run using the front foot

Jordan's parliament in session

Jordanian MP opens fire on colleague with automatic gun after 'dispute about the budget'

Though debates can often get heated in the country's Chamber of Deputies, it is the first time in its history that bullets have been fired within the parliament building

Middle-class problems: Meetings

There was a time when there used to be a sense of ceremony about them. In the days of the BMP era (before mobile phones), there were designated rooms and even, if you were particularly lucky,  a small saucer of Digestives and Jammie Dodgers to differentiate them from the run-of-the-mill things we did in our working day. Back then, meetings were, in the main, things you held when you had to – to plan a change of tactic or brainstorm new ideas.

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Edinburgh 2013: Threeway - An enjoyable romp

Threeway is the latest from the up-and-coming Scottish playwright DC Jackson, who had a hit at the Fringe in 2010 with My Romantic History, a wisecracking office anti-romcom. There's another amorously challenged couple at the heart of the new play but this time Jackson throws in a third man, with most unexpected consequences. 

Italian shoes are the new affordable luxury

Designer label Carlo Pazolini brings its vivid take on footwear classics to London this season, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

iStyle: Anyone for crochet?

Keep your cool in the heat of summer with a simple shift dress in this feminine fabric, says Naomi Attwood

The 10 Best beach gear

Here's all you need to make sure your day by the sea is stylish and problem free... just make sure to bring them home with you

The new Reebok U-form+

Shrink-to-fit shoes – with help from your hairdryer

The new Reebok U-form+ are made of a synthetic mesh which form themselves to your foot

British training shoes are designed to put a real (bed-) spring in your step

Get out of the way Nike, a British invention using bedsprings from Leeds is to revolutionise running

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