Fashion: More tea vicar?

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Entertaining the relatives over the festive period can be quite a chore: all those turkey sandwiches, Quality Streets and Nice biscuits. No wonder most of us go a bit dotty at Christmas. More tea, vicar? Or would you prefer a little sherry with your mince pies? You never know who might pop in - or what to wear. Whether you are hosting an afternoon tea party or evening drinks, Diane Von Furstenberg's wrap dress could be just the thing. Designed in 1972, it still looks smart and respectable (Granny will approve). It's the perfect opportunity to wear the glitzy brooch that came in your Christmas stocking, too. And as for those wild zebra-print shoes you asked for ... well, your own home is probably the only place to wear them

Above: spirograph high-collar shirt, pounds 379, and dress, pounds 449, both by Clements Ribeiro, from Liberty, 214-220 Regent St, London W1, enquiries 0171 734 1234

Left: red and pink wrap-around dress, pounds 150, by Diane Von Furstenberg, from Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, W1; dragonfly brooch, pounds 98, by Butler & Wilson, 20 South Molton Street, W1, enquiries 0171 409 2955

Below: pink paisley tie-neck top, pounds 160, and beige skirt with pink stripe, pounds 200, both by Eley Kishimoto, from Malapa, 41 Clerkenwell Road, EC1, enquiries 0171 490 5229; kitten bracelet, pounds 265, from Maximal Art at Liberty, as before; zebra-print kitten heels, pounds 229, by Rudolphe Menudier from Senso, 23 Brompton Arcade, SW2, and 6 South Molton Street, W1, enquiries 0171 499 9998

PHOTOGRAPHS BY REBECCA PIERCE; STYLING BY CHARLIE HARRINGTON

PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT: NEIL FOX; MAKE-UP BY ALEX BABSKY AT MANDY COAKLEY

HAIR BY TRACEY CAHOON FOR TONI & GUY; MODEL: CHARITY AT SELECT

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