Annalisa Barbieri

Aside from The Independent, Annalisa Barbieri writes for the Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, and the New Statesman. A former contributing editor of the Independent on Sunday and fishing correspondent of the Independent, she is also patron of Rights of Women

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Cleanse Tone Moisturise: The essence of Zing

After working out there's a battery of gels, sprays and oils to perk you up, says Annalisa Barbieri

Garment of earthly delight

Word association? Men: `breasts, bosoms, black, just another thing to get in the way, prostitute.' Women: `pink and pointy, expensive, uncomfortab le.' The bra is as much fantasy as a piece of clothing.

Big fish in a very big sea

It's hard enough to get the marlin to bite, but once hooked it won't give up without a fight.

Fine young cobbler

PEOPLE IN FASHION: Richard Wharton - the man who combined designer shoes with high-street prices, and is listed among Elle's top 100 designers - tells Annalisa Barbieri how proud he is of his latest street-smart offshoot

Fashion: COTTON DRESSED AS LAMB

June Brown, aka Eastenders' Dot, talks fashion with Annalisa Barbieri

Fashion: People in fashion - In love with de Lisi

If Debbie Lovejoy won't wear it, you won't find it in a Ben de Lisi collection. Annalisa Barbieri meets the muse of a great designer

Fashion: Haute Bohemia

OKAY, before you all bust a gut and write in saying you can get a velvet coat for 10p down your local Sue Ryder shop, wait! I fancied a change, and this week, with the new-look Real Life, seemed the ideal excuse to show fancy clothes that cost lots. This is also a chance to have a peek at forthcoming autumn/winter collections which are already (annoyingly when one wants to buy summer clothes) starting to come into stores. No matter how wonderfully clever high street shops are, nothing beats a designer garment that has the words luxury, posh and expensive stitched into every inch. Etro, whose patchwork velvet, embroidered coat is featured here, make some really wonderful clothes for those who like to look bohemian without roughing it; it's an excellent label for something a bit different. Velvet is a canny fabric, although it looks luxurious, there's no hardship involved in wearing it - it's so soft and easy. Finally, if you're planning on getting married and want to eschew the normal rubbish foisted on brides, make sure you have a gander at Dries van Noten and English Eccentrics, both of whom make dresses that would be fantastic alternative wedding outfits, precisely because they are not made for that purpose.

Joys of Modern Life: 9. Fishing Vests

"WHAT'S THAT?" everyone asks of the sheepskin patch, which does look a bit like a honey-coloured merkin but is actually for drying flies. This patch is located on the left-hand top half of my fishing waistcoat (FW) with lots of pockets (LOP). And there are, indeed, a great many pockets. They house fly-boxes holding hooks dressed for the disco in jungle cock, hare's ear and, perhaps, a smattering of glitter; spare fishing line; forceps for getting hooks out of fishes that you would like to get away; and lunch.

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