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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

Last Night's TV: I wish she'd made a proper meal of it

Delia, BBC2; White Girl, BBC2; The Fixer, ITV1

A portrait to mark the selection of Britain's 'greatest national icon'

A photograph of Sir David Attenborough, shot to mark his status as Britain's "greatest living icon", is due to be unveiled at the Natural Portrait Gallery tomorrow.

My Secret Life: Maxine Peake, actress, 33

The house I grew up in... was a semi-detached in Bolton with a nice little back garden leading to a farmer's field, so there were incidents of cows breaking into the garden on a regular basis.

Vivienne Westwood: Ain't nothing like a Dame...

Vivienne Westwood brought the spirit of punk back to London Fashion Week. And she incited a riot of creativity among the new generation of rebels, says Susannah Frankel

Westwood bound: Dame Vivienne's 'family album'

As Dame Vivienne prepares to return to the London catwalk, she talks Susannah Frankel through her extraordinary 'family album'

You Write the Reviews: The Amazing Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor, Concordia Theatre

One of the best reasons for travelling to Hinckley is to experience the annual pantomime at the enterprising Concordia Theatre, converted in 1972 from a derelict hosiery factory. This year's production of Sinbad the Sailor, devised, directed and costumed by John Hill, is a minor miracle. The audience marvelled at the strange alchemy that turned the efforts of more than 50 dedicated amateurs to pure gold, as precious as the ruby that Sinbad eventually recovers to ensure that all will be well.

Joseph Corr: How to change the world with lingerie</I>

A Day in the Life: Agent Provocateur's founder believes he can expand his brand around the globe.

Ready To Wear: Vivienne Westwood

Dress codes, as anyone who is aware of such things knows, are dead. Instead, a new, improved and rather more brilliantly diverse appearance is the order of the day at any half-glamorous event one might care to mention. Even the red carpet - for the past five years, home to an endless procession of strapless, corseted, fishtail gowns - has seen skirt lengths rise in recent months, and then fall, and then rise again, depending only upon the whims of the celebrity in question. There's no predicting what people may or may not wear these days, then. And that is a good thing.

Inside the world of Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood's World's End store put the punk into the Sex Pistols, and is still pushing boundaries 30 years later. James Anderson salutes a style survivor

Tracey Emin: My Life in a Column

The idea of one week in bed, having mad, unconditional sex - what I would do for that?

Susannah Frankel: 'Tweed running shoes? Darling, that's absolutely fabulous...'

In 1987 Vivienne Westwood, erstwhile queen of punk and grande dame of British fashion, entitled one of her most memorable collections Harris Tweed. "My whole idea for this collection was stolen from a little girl I saw on the Tube one day. She couldn't have been more than 14. She had a little plaited bun, a Harris tweed jacket and a bag with a pair of ballet shoes in it. She looked so cool and composed, standing there. Everyone around her was being noisy and rowdy but she looked quite serene. She looked lovely."

Vivienne Westwood by Claire Wilcox

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