Ed Harcourt donned his finest Chap cufflinks to prepare for an in-depth interview about, among other things, his fear of clowns. Sartorially, the monkstrap shoe got its first analysis within these pages, igniting the debate as to whether they count as a slip-on shoe. The Earl of Waveney nominated his first three objects that shaped the British political system, while the dandies of Rome, known as “Il Gaga” were inspected. The trench coat in its most vibrant form was examined, while ball-tampering in cricket got the long view. Our new Scandal section looked at a Victorian sex scandal that nearly brought down the government, while over in Paris, we reviewed the first major exhibition of that dandy in exile Oscar Wilde. Plus, leather notebooks, the art of lighting a fire and Queen of Chapettes centrefold.