Agenda: Maarten van der Horst; Seye; The Newsroom; French Connection; worst album covers


Sunday 08 April 2012 00:00 BST

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Louise Thomas

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Fashion: Totally tropical

Young designer Maarten van der Horst finds inspiration in the most unlikely places – 1970s drag troupe the Cockettes were behind his breakthrough collection of Hawaiian-printed separates, topped off with gaudy tulle. As he presents his first collection for Topshop this weekend, be sure to snap up some of his signature tropical prints; layer with attitude and a heavy sense of irony.

Jacket £130, cycling shorts £40, tee £45,

Face to watch: Seye

This Nigerian-born electro-soul-funkist is shaping up to be a Prince among men. His Afrobeat-flecked debut single “White Noise” is out on 30 April and is primed to soundtrack beauteous sunsets all summer long.

Lexpionage: Undergrowduate, n.

Rarely seen type of university student, who is still in the throes of his first degree but has somehow found his way into the Boat Race alongside the behemoth postgrads from America and the Netherlands

Social networking: Match the tweet to the star

Carol Decker, Calum Best, Mike Skinner, Frankie Cocozza

1 In is way better than out!

2 Been fingering for ages but I can't find the hole!!!!!... In the lawn to stick my Whirly- gig washing line... where's it gone???

3 One day your life will flash before your eyes, it's on you to make it worth watching

4 never work before breakfast. if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first

Answers at the bottom of the page

App watch: Chirp

Add value to your spring jaunts – and learn about the original tweeters – with this melodious bird songbook.Incorporating clips of the signature tunes of numerous species of bird prevalent in the UK and Europe, it ranges from the well-known (cuckoo) to the, er, less so... the alarm call of the Mistle Thrush, anyone? £1.99 from iTunes store

On the radar: Because some things are still worth getting excited about...

TV: The Newsroom

A drama about a jaded news anchor created by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels and Jane Fonda? My, this looks promising. It premieres 24 June in the US, before heading to Sky Atlantic.

Interiors: French Connection

All props to the latest fashion brand to enter the homewares market – its debut range of furniture and accessories is seasonally sophisticated, as with these sea-sidey driftwood-ish table lamps.

Blogs: Worst album covers

LPs go WTF? in this fabulous archive trawl of kitsch cover-art nightmares, featuring naked men and their accordions, elephants in wigs and the poodle-permed audio auteur that is Joyce.

Match the tweet: 1. Calum Best; 2. Carol Decker; 3. Frankie Cocozza; 4. Mike Skinner

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