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For a new take on New Year’s Eve dressing, let your straps down tonight and show off your shoulders, says Hannah Fillis

Vivienne Westwood handbags stolen by moped gang

Smash-and-grab raiders snatched thousands of pounds-worth of Vivienne Westwood handbags, police said today.

Vivienne Westwood shoes: An exhibition

“Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal,” said fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Rhiannon Harries: 'No matter who you are, design matters – even if you're a punk'

News coverage of Malcolm McLaren's death a week and a half ago featured an archive clip of an interview with the man behind the Sex Pistols in which he defined the punk movement as "anti-design, anti-fashion, anti-social, anti-establishment". From a man who sometimes claimed to have planned the demise as well as the ascent of the notorious band, an antipathy for design seems perhaps the least credible part of that manifesto. Nor is it possible to overlook the fact that McLaren's former partner, Vivienne Westwood, went on to become a figurehead of design in what is probably its most conspicuous form – clothing.

McLaren to be buried at Highgate

The funeral of rock manager and impresario Malcolm McLaren will take place at Highgate cemetery, his partner has confirmed.

Fantasy fashion fit for a princess

A new exhibition at Kensington Palace sees some of our best-loved British designers taking inspiration from the building's royal history. We are amused, says Harriet Walker

Terpsicore/Il Pastor Fido, Royal College of Music, London<br/>St Lawrence String Quartet, LSO St Luke's, London

This shepherd's tale could do with a killer aria, but lo &ndash; there is a star

Dress Code: Odile Dicks Moreaux, Costume Designer

What are you wearing right now?

Jeans and a Vivienne Westwood cardigan and my grandmother's Hermès scarf.

Pandora: Kilfoyle: I gave Geoff his 'Buff Hoon' nickname

For years it has tormented him and delighted opponents. With Geoff Hoon back in the spotlight, so his unflattering nickname, "Buff Hoon", has once again sprung to the fore. And now, it appears the origin of the former cabinet minister's moniker has been found.

Pandora: Quotes of the Year

That's showbiz

"It was the most unpleasant thing that has ever happened to me while filming – having my undercarriage dealt with by gaffer tape."

Andrew Marr dons a vintage bathing suit for the filming of A History of Modern Britain

Green Day, SECC, Glasgow

Punk rockers have a grey day

Tweed all about it

It&rsquo;s big on the grouse moor and hot on the catwalk, yet Scotland&rsquo;s favourite fabric is having a rough time. John Walsh on an industry that&rsquo;s falling apart at the seams

Nothing like a dame: How Vivienne Westwood traded a couture lifestyle for the front line of the eco war

Vivienne Westwood would rather we saved the planet than bought her dresses these days, and her campaign against global warming has taken her everywhere from the G20 protests to... a first-class seat on a Virgin Atlantic flight? Harriet Walker listens in as the maverick fashion designer persuades Richard Branson, the airline's owner, to join her mission

Parties: A day at the races

Ascot hasn't been this cool since Cecil Beaton did the costumes for My Fair Lady. Providing a sartorial sanctuary in a sea of safe dresses and high-street hats, British designers Luella Bartley, Vivienne Westwood, Gieves & Hawkes and milliner Stephen Jones demonstrated the art of breaking the rules. Their fashion show took place during a four-course lunch at the Bessborough Restaurant, where models including William Gladstone's great-great-great granddaughter, Olivia Inge, strode the catwalk while a champagne-fuelled audience whooped with approval.

Pandora: Mandy expands his territory even further

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council... Pandora very much hopes that Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham hasn't let his ever-lengthening collection of titles go to his head.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell