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Designer found dead in Soho House hotel room

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Dylan Jones: ‘Smells like Rockin’ Robin’ is a record that by rights should be number one all over the world'

"Smells Like Rockin' Robin" may not be troubling the mashup charts (the last time I looked, Squarepusher vs Emiliana Torrini was No 1), but it was all over New York Fashion week two weeks ago. It was used as a warm-up for the Tommy Hilfiger show, and could be heard blasting out of iPod docks all over the city. Produced by bootleg/mashup remixer Mark Vidler (aka Go Home Productions), "Smells Like Rockin' Robin" is an astonishing combination of Nirvana and the Jackson 5, and is one of the best records I've heard all year.

My Secret Life: Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer, 59

My parents were ... hard-working and moral. My father was a watch-maker and very strict but also sociable and extremely dapper. My mother was kind and forgiving and would take in all the waifs and strays in our neighbourhood; we always compared her to Mother Teresa. She taught me a lot.

Sketches issued of 20 unidentified railway bodies

Police have released sketches of 20 unidentified people found dead on Britain's rail network over the past 35 years in an attempt to trace them.

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Margareta Pagano: No rider should be heavier than his horse, Darling

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PVH pays $3bn for Tommy Hilfiger

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Glam rock: Discover a chic Côte d'Azur in the Caribbean

The exclusive pleasures of Saint-Barthélemy – or St Barts to Brits – are many, from the Francophone feel of the island to the fashionably cool locals

It's in the jeans: Classic labels lose to celebrity brands

A younger generation of buyers is swapping Levi Strauss, Wrangler and Lee for lines by Victoria Beckham and P Diddy, writes Rachel Shields

Rock on, Tommy: Hilfiger is trying to regain his cutting edge with a star-studded rock'n'roll show

What is not immediately obvious as you stroll into the open-plan, 17th-floor offices of Tommy Hilfiger, brightly lit by windows that stare down New York's Hudson River, is whether you are entering the home of a fashion house or a music label. Sure there are racks of pick'n'mix clothes rolled across the aisles and a fashion shot or two on the desks, but the walls are adorned by guitars, photographs of rock and rap stars, and album covers. In one frame sits the Tommy Hilfiger sweater worn by Michael Jackson in a Vogue feature. In another, the designer himself posing with Mick Jagger. In a third, a broody black-and-white still of Tommy and his three brothers – Andy, Bobby and Billy (who died of a brain tumour in 2001) – looking every inch the rock band.

'Why should catwalks be so white?'

Of all the models who sashayed down the catwalk at London Fashion Week, one stood out from the rest. But it was not only Jourdan Dunn's stunning looks which set her apart.

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Sting/Karamazov/Stile Antico, Lso St Luke's, London

Ever since early music's Pied Piper David Munrow hit the small screen in the Seventies, the lute has steadily moved up the charts as the thinking man's guitar. And Sting is, by rock standards, the quintessential thinking man: his route to the lute began 20 years ago when a friend propelled him towards Peter Pears and Julian Bream doing John Dowland.

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