Fashion: disco nights

High glam, high times. The most celebrated club of the Seventies, Studio 54 in New York, opened 19 years ago. This is where Bianca Jagger entered on a white horse, where Truman Capote held court among the chorus boys, and where only the famous or outrageous ever got past the door-ropes. A film is already under discussion. Now fashion designers are looking back to the decade when disco divas thought nothing of wearing a pair of sequined loons with a Lurex boob tube. To anyone born after 1970, the clothes in these pages - by Katharine Hamnett, Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith and Yves Saint Laurent - do much more than reinvent that era; they exemplify ultramodern chic. Photographs by Jane Mcleish


Silver acetate satin-look jacket, pounds 700; matching trousers, pounds 515; from YSL, 137 New Bond Street, W1 (enquiries 0171-493 1800); black, shiny shirt, pounds 135, from Paul Smith, Floral Street, WC2; blue python-skin loafers, pounds 180, by Patrick Cox Wannabe, 129 Sloane Street, SW1, Queen Victoria Street, Leeds (enquiries 0171-730 8886); square silver signet ring with black onyx stone, pounds 50; silver ID bracelet, pounds 175; both by Detail, as before


Lime stretch boob tube, pounds 68, by Ghost, available at Liberty, Regent Street W1 (enquiries 0181-960 3121); sequined plum hipster trousers, to order, from Katharine Hamnett, Sloane Street, SW1 (enquiries 0171-935 3556); silver circular torque necklace, pounds 50, from Detail, 4a Symons Street, SW3 (enquiries 0171-730 8488)


Rebecca wears: two-tone red jacket, pounds 220; matching hipsters, pounds 110; by Joseph, Sloane Street, SW1; blue iridescent swimsuit, pounds 32, from Benetton (enquiries 0171-731 4564); red-and-pink shoulder bag, pounds 310, from YSL, as before; gold chain with 'R' pendant, pounds 15.99, from H Samuel (enquiries 01494-431228)

Gerard wears: gold-and-lilac linen jacket, pounds 505; matching trousers, pounds 190; grey satinised cotton shirt, pounds 115; silver satin tie, from a selection; all by Katharine Hamnett, as before; gold signet ring with square lapis lazuli stone, pounds 243, by Soude (0116-275 3334 for stockists)


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Red-and-black torso print stretch shirt, pounds 245, by Jean Paul Gaultier, at Liberty, Regent Street, W1


Floral print jersey halter-neck dress, pounds 394, from Ozbek at Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street W1 (enquiries 0171-408 0625); orange wedge sandals, pounds 79.99, from Russell & Bromley, 24-25 New Bond Street, W1 (enquiries 0171-629 6903)

Stylist Sally Courtis

Hair Matthew Wade for Stephen Carey salon

Make-up Virginia Young

Models Gerard and Rebecca at Select

Shot on location at MGM Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1