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Heavens! Wearable Westwood!

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Vivienne Westwood dresses Jerry Hall

Vivienne Westwood OBE, British fashion's famous and controversial madame, is going mainstream - at least by her standards. She has decided to advertise her clothing, and this is one of the results. Here, Westwood puts her son, Ben, and Jerry Hall in The Queen and her Punk, a pastiche of Van Dyck's Henrietta Maria and her Dwarf, writes Melanie Rickey.

Glove me do

It's a great shame that driving gloves are no longer used very much, because they look so chic. Although you will have to risk being dubbed a poseur if you wear a pair today, it's worth the risk, especially if you drive a convertible, because they are really very, bloody cool. Grace Kelly wore a pair to great effect in the recent TV showing of To Catch A Thief, when she drove Cary Grant around the south of France. The original point of driving gloves is not clear - maybe steering wheels used to be very slippy in the old days, or maybe it was due to the lack of heating in cars - whatever. They can only be a good thing and bring down road rage. AB

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You can carry it all off smartly with a touch of mail order tweed, writes Fiona MacAulay

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