FASHION / Some like it hot

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The first of summer and the emphasis is on prints and patchwork and anything with a hand-crafted feel - batik cottons, raffia hats and string bags, painted wooden sandals, home-made jewellery and lengths of fabric wound into turbans or wrapped into sarongs. Anything ethnic (dread fashion word]) goes, but it looks better in Trinidad.

Painted wooden-heeled mules, pounds 165, by Manolo Blahnik, available mid-February, from Manolo Blahnik, 51 Old Church Street, SW3. Below left, straw hat with bright raffia flowers, pounds 89.99 by Fred Bare (stockists 071-739 4612). Below: orange string bag, pounds 4.95, from the Conran Shop, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3. Main picture: blue and white batik-print top, pounds 30, and sarong, pounds 30, both by French Connection, 10 Argyll Street, London W1, and branches. Far right: linen silk print scarf worn as a turban, pounds 60, by Georgina Von Etzdorf, 149 Sloane Street, SW1 and Troon, Edinburgh.

Orange vest, pounds 25, orange and black check jeans, pounds 70, both by Paul Smith, 44 Floral Street, WC2; 10 Byard Lane, Nottingham.

Bove, bright patchwork tunic, pounds 39.99, by Phoenix, from Kensington Market, Kensington High Street, London W8.

Neapolitan-stripe cotton shirt, pounds 95, by Paul Smith, as above.

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