Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

Marks & Spencer:  while other retailers may struggle, shoppers have been clamouring for a 1970s-inspired beige suede skirt from its Limited Edition range. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the fickle business of fashion it’s all about calling the right trends. But even getting the ranges right doesn’t always guarantee a boost to the b(...)

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

Some rock bands want to drink their dinner; others want to order breakfast at midnight; all want a place where they can hang out until late in mellow (...)

Sarah Jessica Parker recently said in a magazine interview that women today “are pretty unfriendly to one another”. Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty

What do women really want? It is a puzzle that has perplexed everyone from Mel Gibson to Freud, who called it the “greatest question that has never(...)

Left to right: Saskia dress (€130) at Bow & Pearl, Ranelagh; mint green dress (€230, was €289), at Fran & Jane; multicoloured print dress (€1,450), by Peter Pilotto at Brown Thomas

In many ways, it seems as if a time before Sex and the City has never existed. References to the hit HBO series pepper conversations with men and wome(...)