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Pandora: Bill makes a date with green-fingered Charles

Ever since his wife's ascent to the office of Secretary of State, the former US president Bill Clinton has clocked up more air miles than U2 on tour.

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Since Christophe Decarnin took the helm at the fashion house Balmain, his sharp, sexy silhouette has become the most coveted – and copied – look around, says Harriet Walker

Caroline Wozniacki: Talk of the tour

She makes her debut in the elite end-of-season finale next week. But the girl who can speak six languages and is eager to do a Yale business degree is also turning heads on the catwalk

Brett Rogers: He would continue to create images of stunning freshness right to the last

Penn understood that the secret to an arresting and true portrait was collaboration

Irving Penn: Photographer whose classical simplicity transformed the pages of 'Vogue' magazine

A great portraitist – they are very few – is a sort of sorcerer who seems beyond resemblance." This tribute to "Penn", by which single name he was always known, came from Maurice Goudeket, husband of the legendary writer Colette. On her 80th birthday, he records, "several famous photographers came to the apartment. For a long time now Colette had hardly moved from her bed, so the portraits seldom differed. But an American came, named Penn, and took a stupefying photograph. It discloses all that Colette wished to conceal... Who are the devils favourable to photographers, and what prescience guided Penn?"

Can You Dig It? Black in vogue

The blaxploitation films of the Seventies became bywords for crass stereotyping. But a new book argues that the movies were essential in highlighting African-American issues. Ian Burrell reports

A battle of wills: Gayatri Devi's £250m legacy

In life Gayatri Devi personified glamour, the Indian princess who partied with Jagger and Jackie O. In death she is the subject of a grubby struggle over her £250m legacy. Andrew Buncombe reports from Jaipur

Johann Hari: The fashion industry imposes a cruel burden on women

The prison of the unachievable body shape has replaced the prison of the kitchen

The September Issue (12A)

The early-warning sign over this insider documentary is that its principal subject, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, has expressed her admiration of it.

Tom Sutcliffe: Must we vote for poets?

Bad luck. If you haven't already voted in the BBC's Nation's Favourite Poet poll you're now disenfranchised. Polling closed on Tuesday of this week, and however much you want to do your bit to make sure that W H Auden, or John Betjeman or Philip Larkin are apotheosised as a kind of Beanie Baby of verse, it's too late. Results will be disclosed on 8 October and there's nothing, short of breaking into the Poetry Society and going all Zimbabwe on the ballot boxes, that you can now do to affect the outcome.

Ready to Wear: Playsuits have lost their shock value, so dungarees could take their place

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Hit & Run: They're no experts, but...

Why would Gordon Brown think it sensible to comment on England's Ashes victory while keeping shtum about the Lockerbie bomber? Or to call Simon Cowell to check on the post-BGT health of Susan Boyle in the midst of the MPs' expenses scandal? Probably because an eager aide had told him it was a good idea, or perhaps because reality television and sport are just two of the national conversational topics that everyone, expert or not, feels qualified to weigh in on. But the fact that the PM should stoop to add his tuppence worth is also symptomatic of the rise of the inexpert commentariat. Today, celebrities, politicians and pretty much anyone else in the public eye can comment on any subject and have their opinion given the reverence usually reserved for specialists.

Pandora: 'Only Israeli comic' in diplomatic incident

Goodness. Pandora very much hopes that a bit of well-intended ribbing isn't going to descend into a full-on row.

The Streep effect: Why economists love her

Her new film is sending cookware sales soaring, just as Mamma Mia! boosted Greece.
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