Fashion: Be bold

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There are three rules for dresses this summer: the shape must be simple; the neckline must be dramatic - a deep plunge, a straight slash or no straps at all; and the colour must be

bright. Try daffodil, scarlet or shocking pink

Previous page: red dress, pounds 510, by Calvin Klein, from Harvey Nichols, London SW1, 0171 235 5000; necklace, pounds 160, from Erickson Beamon, 38 Elizabeth Street, London SW1, 0171 259 0202.

Left: yellow dress, pounds 247, by John Rocha, 60 Sloane Avenue, London SW3, 0171 838 0017; earrings, pounds 90, by Eric Halley, from Erickson Beamon, as before.

Above: pink shift dress, pounds 54.99, by Oasis, 292 Regent Street, London W1, and stores nationwide, enquiries 01865 881 986.

Right: blue dress, pounds 450, by Jil Sander, from Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1, 0171 491 7833 or Flannels, 4 St Anne's Place, Manchester, 0161 832 5536; earrings, pounds 108, by Eric Halley, from Erickson Beamon, as before; red leather shoes, pounds 235, by Gina Couture, 189 Sloane St, London SW1, 0171 235 2932