Sport Wiggins wins Sports Personality award after his Tour de France and Olympic triumphs

Psychological study reveals how we feel about sportspeople

Fit to funk: Lycra sports gear is reclaiming its place in the world of the fitness fanatic. Sarah Lewis takes part in a sweaty night of clubland aerobics

It may have been cold outside but inside Camden's Electric Ballroom it was hot, hot, hot. The beat was hot, the moves were hot, the atmosphere torrid. Yet astonishingly for a packed nightclub there was no flirting or drunken snogging in sight.

Slimma thinking big with flotation

SLIMMA, a manufacturer of clothes for older women of above-average size, is coming to market. The flotation, another management buyout taking advantage of the buoyant stock market, is expected to raise pounds 11.35m, writes Diane Coyle.

Much too tight to mention: Brenda Polan finds the fabric which shaped the Eighties is losing its grip on us

'THERE she was, all Lycra'd up,' I recently overheard somebody gossip. You knew exactly what was meant: she was squeezed so tightly into her clothes she could hardly breathe. It wasn't intended as a compliment.

My Biggest Mistake: John Roskalns

MY BIGGEST mistake was being flattered by the idea of becoming a director without realising what responsibilities it entailed.

Letter: Bothered by bikers

Sir: Your article (10 August) on the health dangers of mountain biking fails to identify an important secondary effect: the sudden surge in blood pressure experienced by walkers when confronted by mud-spattered, Lycra- clad cycling fashion victims hurtling along paths and byways displaying a total disregard for the peaceful enjoyment of the countryside.

A supermodel is born, barring teenage acne

FIVE tiro models lined the start of the catwalk dressed in the tight, black, long line of the autumn. Proud parents broke into rapturous grins: this was the climax and the highlight of a child-model workshop by the agency Truly Scrumptious. Their offspring had been transformed in only two days.

This time round, there's no reason not to

THIS DRESS, it looks like a huge pyramid of rough brown cloth, as if a platoon of soldiers had pelted a woman with their shirts and they'd somehow stuck to her; it looks . . . fabulous. And this? It's a not-quite dress made from a sheet of dazzling orangey-brown fabric, wrapped around the woman's shoulders like a cape, with just - yes, indeed - underwear underneath, as if she's escaping from a fire in a bad-taste hotel, rushing out with just the bedspread to protect her modesty. But it wasn't this I was worried about. No, it wasn't this at all.

Fashion: Under cover of darkness (and Lycra): You don't have to be a supermodel to look good in these. Roger Tredre welcomes the return of swimwear cut to flatter

WHEN Burt Lancaster frolicked on the beach in Honolulu with Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity, cinema- goers were thrilled, although many thought the scene rather shocking. Remember this was 1953 (although the story itself was set in 1941). A decent chap just did not do that sort of thing, and certainly not with the wife of his commanding officer.

Trend-spotter extraordinaire: Mintel's research has launched a thousand stories. Roger Trapp reports

'ONE of the things that always surprises people is how small we are,' Paul Kelly, head of sales at Mintel, says.

Softer nylon wins fashion credibility

NYLON, a fibre which has been shunned by fashion designers since the Sixties, is enjoying a new lease of life.

London Show

A model wearing a Gossip studded leather waistcoat - with a retail price of pounds 180 - and a Lycra catsuit at the London Show, in the National Hall at Olympia. The fashion show, which began yesterday, ends on Wednesday.

Have you got this one in polyurethane, please?: Sixties 'kinky boots' were followed by Seventies 'bondage gear'. Now a full range of quaint clothing in unlikely materials is about to invade the fashion mainstream

FETISHIST clothing, once the preserve of the sex shop, is moving into the fashion mainstream. The boom in bondage clothing has been inspired by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Pam Hogg, who experimented with rubber, leather, PVC and shiny Lycra in the Eighties.

Cheap thrills with the Lycra girls: Susan Marling tries to sleep to a disco beat when she takes a party train bound for Paris

IT IS 4pm and we are on the train to Paris. Groups of girls in Lycra are tripping through the carriages, looking for action, followed by thin boys in big jeans looking for tins of Kronenberg. As the hedgeless farmland of the Pas de Calais slips by, music thumps out of the PA system. Madonna is urging us to get into the groove.

If there's a will, there's a week

SOLICITORS will again be exhorting people to make wills in The Law Society's second Make a Will Week, writes Lucy Reese.
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