From left, Miriam Gonzáles Durántez’s red Zara dress (2013); white Vivienne Westwood dress belonging to Shami Chakrabarti; Anne Hidalgo’s black wool Rech Paris suit with white silk blouse and wool scarf, worn the night she was elected mayor of Paris; Camila Batmanghelidjh’s Magbule Mulla cotton dress; Princess Charlene of Monaco’s racing car dress and dove-grey evening dress, both designed by Akris

What do the world’s most powerful women have in common? It’s not necessarily their acumen or intelligence. Often, it’s a distinct physical signifie(...)

An aerial view shows people sitting in formation to the words “Thank You” after Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The ambitious makeover of Tokyo planned in advance of the Olympics has triggered withering criticism. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Half a century ago, Tokyo engineered one of the great urban transformations of history, going from a beat-up Asian megalopolis to a first-world city. (...)

 Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, at home in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are having a moment: they have just been awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal – one of world architecture’s top prizes, (...)

Migrant labourers work on a construction site last October in Doha in Qatar. Photograph: AFP

Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 55 cent an hour. The pay rate appears to be i(...)

National Centre for Contemporary Art: the   design  comprises a series of stacked gallery spaces

Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects have won an international competition to build Moscow’s “super museum” — the new National Centre for Contemporar(...)

Take 3: futuristic hotels

Miura Hotel, Celadna, Czech Republic Miura.cz Giant figures by sculptor David Cerny lean against and sit on this sleek hotel giving the sharp, (...)

Meeting their match: Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter in Burton and Taylor

If you didn’t see Burton and Taylor (BBC Four, Monday), look at the photo of Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, above, as the famous Hollywood cou(...)

In the sitting room of the Moloney’s home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, sits a limited edition Egg chair, made to celebrate the Arne Jacobsen design(...)