Fashion: The sequin trick

It's starting again - that interminable round of pre-Christmas bashes. Transforming yourself into a glittering creature of the night after a day of office drudgery is never easy. But as any self- respecting party girl will tell you, the most important thing to remember is this: don't be shy. So say yes to that Farrah Fawcett wave, yes to the shimmering silver and trailing veils, and yes please to anything diamante

Above: black dress with diamante strap, pounds 360, by Paco Rabanne, from Dickins and Jones, Regent Street, London W1, enquiries 0171 734 7070; black scarf, pounds 3, from Cornucopia, as before

Left: pale blue devore velvet bodysuit with tails, pounds 550; pink skirt, pounds 230; both by Ghost, 36 Ledbury Road, London W11, enquiries 0181 960 3121; blue diamante high heels, pounds 323, by Gina Couture, 189 Sloane Street, London SW1, enquiries 0171 235 2932

PHOTOGRAPHER MARTIN CROOK

PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT DEBORAH BROWN

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