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The diet often becomes a fanatical and joyless one

There's no catwalk conspiracy against me, says Stella McCartney

Gucci's golden girl calls off fashion witch-hunt, denying claims that jealous rivals are out to destroy her

Two gatecrash McCartney wedding

The appeal of a whalebone corset and a bustle

If manners maketh men, then clothes go a long way towards making women

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Is Greg Dyke Santa Claus? The BBC director-general and Manchester United director certainly has the beard for it. Pandora hears a festive rumour that Tony Blair turned to gregarious Greg to help with his Christmas list last year. Greg was allegedly asked to help the PM to get hold of some Manchester United strips, presumably for Nicky Blair, whose idol is the striker Andy Cole. If this tall story were shown to be true, might Cherie be asking Uncle Greg for some bootees this year?

Fashion is not a conspiracy, and we're no dupes

`This is a world where women of all sizes and shapes and ages play together - and laugh as they do it'

STYLE POLICE: Conquer your cape fear

So you swore you'd never wear a poncho? Well, you may have to eat your words, says JAMES SHERWOOD

Food: The outing of nerdy food

ONE CANNOT live exclusively on a diet of baked leek and trompette tart, roast turbot marinated in spicy lime and coconut, cabbage-wrapped pork knuckle with sauce gribiche, veloute of artichokes with foie gras, roast wood pigeon with perfume of ceps, and pineapple mille feuille with coconut sorbet.

Why Are They Famous? Lulu

Main claim

Real Work: The not-so-idle rich

What on earth makes someone who has pots of money choose to go to work? HESTER LACEY finds out

Life would be hell without some leather

The stars were due to shine at the Albert Hall last night in a concert to celebrate the life of Linda McCartney. The bill was impressive - the Pretenders were the house band behind George Michael, Elvis Costello, Sinead O'Connor and other big-name singers - with the profits destined for Lady Linda's favourite animal charities. But as the VIPs wolfed down veggiebangers and cooed over the plight of veal calves, I hope they raised a glass to the millions of cows who died so that rock'n'roll might live. Without that bovine sacrifice, and the leather it produced, Linda would only be remembered as an obscure American photographer, and the Western world as we know it would not exist.

McQueen takes a cool view of Y2K

EXACTLY A year ago, Alexander McQueen turned to the film Bladerunner for inspiration, transforming Givenchy Woman into the world's most glamorous Replicant. This time she was more alien still.

Why Are They Famous ? Elizabeth Jagger

Main Claim: Fabulously famous parental units. Unless she pulls off a Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger will be known for ever more as the daughter of Texan model Jerry Hall and rock dinosaur Mick Jagger: a couple so frantically famous, even relatively sensible rock-offspring nomenclature and a Hello!-free upbringing cannot prevent fame of the thrust- upon variety. To aid matters, Elizabeth has taken to the catwalk like a Jagger to the lens. Now she has been seen during London Fashion Week in yellow eyelashes and snagged pink tights modelling for Vivienne Westwood. It can only be a matter of time before Naomette Campbell and Katie Moss- Depp negotiate the catwalk in nappies.

Arts: The sleazy side of Bacon

Francis Bacon's sado-masochistic love affair

Papa was a rolling stone

Rock stars' kids - they've got instant fame and cool credentials. Are they grateful? Not a bit of it, says Cayte Williams
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