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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

BOOKS: Sing if you cringe to be gay

As a new book of essays celebrates victimhood and elitism, Mark Simpson says he'd rather be non-heterosexual

Strong woman? Chances are you'll have a boy

Assertive mums mean more men. Roger Dobson reports

Fashion: A New Year's fling with tartan

Check it out, Sassenachs. Vivienne Westwood is not the only one south of the Border to be wild about tartan.

Never mind the Bollocks

With the King and Queen of punk as his Mum and Dad, no wonder Joe Corre grew up to run an underwear empire. Here, he talks about Malcolm and Vivienne, his extraordinary childhood and how he got big in pants

Fashion: English eccentrics

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Fashion: Vivienne Westwood is 56, but don't let that worry you

Forty per cent of the UK's population are 50 and over. As fashion designers increasingly concentrate on youth, women in their prime are quietly perfecting their own style.

Profile: The Red who put Westwood in the pink

It took an Italian ex-communist to turn the high priestess of punk haute couture into a capitalist success, says Hilary Clarke

Woman of the Year award for blind mother

A blind woman, who has achieved the highest position in local government, as well as bringing up three children was honoured at the Woman of the Year lunch yesterday.

Heavens! Wearable Westwood!

Vivienne Westwood shocked London Fashion Week yet again - but this time it was because her show featured

Famous owner fails to add value to frock collection

A large collection of dresses belonging to TV personality Janet Street-Porter was yesterday auctioned for a total of only pounds 3,000 - half the amount it was expected to raise.

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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Shopping: Dyed in the wool elegance

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

Let girls be girls...

... but don't patronise them, says Maureen Freely. If we're uneasy about teenage models, it's because we've forgotten the difference between child exploitation and innocent fun
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee