FASHION / Now we are three

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As women have grown more comfortable with it, the long skirt has developed a new identity. That residual mid-Eighties calf-length formality has gone. In its place are full-length skirts, layered and wrapped, in linens and fine cottons. They have a period feel but look quite modern.

Opposite page: Christie wears white dress and black over-skirt, both by Jean Paul Gaultier from 171 Draycott Avenue, SW3; Jayde's jacket, from a selection at Ally Capellino, 95 Wardour Street, W1; top, pounds 25, by Agnes B, 111 Fulham Road, SW3, and 35 Floral Street, WC2; shorts and shoes, Jayde's own. Main picture left: top and white skirt, both by John Galliano, from Browns, 23 South Molton Street, W1; big stripy soft cotton jacket, worn knotted as skirt, pounds 375, by Plantation, from Liberty, Regent Street, W1. Below: black cotton long dress, pounds 120, by Martin Margiela, from Browns as before; Jones, 13 Floral Street, WC2. Man's linen shirt, pounds 95, by Paul Smith, as before; waistcoat, pounds 65, by William Hunt, 68 Neal Street, WC2; flight pants, pounds 95, by Good Enough, from Bond, 10 Newburgh Street, W1; boots, from pounds 60, by Blundstone, from PIL, 61 Neal Street, WC2. Bottom: Christie as before; Jayde's print dress, from Agnes B, as before. Michael's jacket, pounds 60.95, by Levi's, from Original Levi's Stores nationwide; shirt, from pounds 46, by Agnes B; jeans, pounds 65, by Paul Smith, as before; shoes from a selection starting at pounds 39.99, by Converse, from JD Sports, Oxford Street, W1, and Olympus Sports, Oxford Street, W1, both have branches nationwide

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