News Lady Gaga is an eccentric sort, but few had her down as a colossal hoarder… Of Michael Jackon’s property.

Among her MJ arsenal, Gaga treasures his famous Swarovski-encrusted crystal glove, which cost her a cool £117,800

First Ladies of fashion are outsmarted by latest model

A history of the American presidency, as foretold by the wives' wardrobes

From geeky to glamorous: Gadgets for her

Designers are tapping into the market for female-friendly gadgets – such as netbooks – that fit in a handbag. Rachel Shields reports

The Caribbean prime minister had it all. But he wanted even more

Allegations of corruption on an idyllic island that drew celebrity incomers are relayed to official British inquiry

‘Tis the season to buy bespoke

Annie Deakin explains why customised gifts are defying the financial downturn. It’s little luxuries in hard times that keep us sane.

Stay the night: Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago

Donald Trump's ambitions don't stop at turning Aberdeenshire into a golf course. Over in Chicago, the billionaire is engaged in a similarly audacious project – turning a hotel into a landmark. When a 22-storey spire is popped on top of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the skyscraper will become the second highest building in the city, after the Sears Tower. It will also make it the tallest residential building in North America.

Knitting success

Up-and-coming designer Simone Shailes latest collection of chunky knitwear just picked up the L'Oreal Professionnel Fashion Design award at the Top Shop-sponsored New Gen exhibition at London Fashion Week. Indy Student managed to lure her away from canapés and the catwalk for a chat about how she went from knitting with her nan to kitting-out Kylie.

Susie Rushton: My personal cheerfulness strategy

Urban Notebook: A five-point plan to keep the spirits afloat

Tom Dixon: Free spirit

Tom Dixon is the great maverick of British design. In a rare interview, he talks to Clare Dwyer Hogg about his life and career, his decade as head of Habitat, and what he's planning next

Trash or treasure: The designer objects made of rubbish

Party-popper chandeliers and hand-grenade lamps are lighting the way for a new trend

Armani steps into the ring to design matador's outfit

Giorgio Armani is to design the suit of lights for one of Spain's top bullfighters in a corrida [bullfight] to celebrate the heyday of the taurine art.

Wine: Grape wall of China

Last month, a Beijing-based billionaire splashed out £250,000 on 27 bottles of wine – a far cry from what the man and woman in the street spends in China. What they drink is largely the £1-a-bottle home-grown brands from big wine companies like Changyu, Great Wall, Dynasty, Huaxia and Vini Suntime, the latter one of China's fastest-growing wineries, established by the People's Liberation Army.

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