FASHION / into the night

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There are clothes with inbuilt drama that comes from their associations with the past. This winter, the much-vaunted 'dandy-look' has emerged more as a hybrid rather than the pure strain - with a bit of equestrian bias here; a little Weimar severity there. Dressing day-for-night, it's difficult to beat the effect of strictly tailored black against a romantic white shirt worn with a long black veil.

Felt hat with netting, pounds 105, by Miss Jones from Stephen Jones at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, SW1; extra hat netting, from a selection at Persiflage, Chenil Galleries, 181 King's Road, London SW3; black fitted jacket, pounds 1,150, by Karl Lagerfeld, 173 New Bond Street, W1; jet bead choker, pounds 60, by Suzanne Marazzi 071-636 2764.

White cotton shirt, pounds 120, by Kenzo, from Liberty, Regent Street, W1; black velvet halter waistcoat, pounds 185, by Myrene de Premonville at Whistles, 12-14 St Christopher's Place, W1; black satin trousers, pounds 150, by The Collection at Harvey Nichols, as before; cream silk scarf, from pounds 69, by Austin Reed, 103-113 Regent Street, W1; black leather boots, pounds 44.99, by Arabella Pollen for Shelly's, Oxford Circus, W1, and branches; heavy silver identity bracelet, from pounds 150, to order from Alex Monroe, 071-627-2513; round ring, from a selection at Hyper Hyper; silver, gold and amethyst ring, pounds 650, by Tom McEwan from Hancock's, 29 King Street, Manchester.

Velvet smoking jacket with jet beads, pounds 450, by The Collection, Harvey Nichols, as before; white cotton shirt, by Unanyme (for stockists 081-540 1706), black jodhpurs, pounds 35, by Whistles as before; long black riding boots, pounds 165, from Russell & Bromley, 24-25 New Bond Street, W1, and branches; heavy silver and garnet necklace, pounds 150, to order from Peppi Taylor 247-5186; silver and carnelian ring, pounds 120, by Sian Evans at Janet Fitch, 25 Old Compton Street,W1; engraved cigarette holder, pounds 60, from

Ruth Muggleton, Stand G5, Chenil Galleries, as before.

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