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There is nothing more quirky than a check, be it windowpane, madras or tartan. Irina Pantaeva, the Siberian Inuit model who is the face of both Levi's and Gap advertising, is quite likely to mix all three. Her personal style combines clothes she has been given by designers such as Ghost and Anna Sui, things she has found in New York's flea markets and on her travels to Milan and Paris, and stripy hats worthy of Dr Seuss - with a bit of basic Gap thrown in for good measure. Here, we pare down Irina's individual style of dressing with easy clothes for early summer. Photographs by Roland Levin


Checked narrow-legged trousers, pounds 149, by Anna Sui, from Liberty, Regent Street, W1 (enquiries 0171-734 1234). Red crop top with arrow print, pounds 115, by Hussein Chalayan, from Liberty, Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, W1, Jones, 15 Floral Street, WC2, and Square, 3-4 The Corridor, Bath. Black mock snakeskin leather thongs, pounds 99, by Armando Pollini, 35 Brook Street, W1 (enquiries 0171-629 7606)


Yellow-and-green-checked trousers, pounds 109, by Victor Victoria; white-and- green-checked short-sleeved shirt, pounds 45; both from The Liberty Collection at Liberty branches nationwide.

White-and-green short-sleeved top, pounds 179, by Dirk Bikkembergs, from Liberty, as before. White windowpane-checked trousers, pounds 145, by Sui Anna Sui, from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, SW1, and Cruise, 39 Renfield Street, Glasgow. White elastic thongs, pounds 99, by Armando Pollini, as before

Stylist Jo Adams

Make-up Dina at Industry, using Cosmetics a la Carte

Hair Colin Gold for Steven Carey, Mayfair

Model Irina Pantaeva

Shot on location in the Penthouse Suite at the Mansfield Hotel, 12 West 44th Street, New York