You're never alone with a boa
Get the look and get it right: Where would we be without the feather boa? You can wear practically anything, a pounds 1,000 dress, an old rag from What She Wants, but coil a feather boa around your neck and the world is your friend and you take on the coquettish qualities of a young Barbara Windsor. Accessories are fabulous things: for not that much you can play away to your heart's content and dress up a rather tired old outfit. I'm not even going to give you my usual 'Don't over do it on the accessories'
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
Sunday 14 December 1997
Black marabou mules (sizes 4-8), pounds 25, (ref BU4733QY), black velvet bag with fur trim, pounds 22, (NOO818QY) both by Freemans catalogue, 0800 900 200. Grey brocade mules (sizes 3-8), pounds 45, Cable & Co, 48 South Molton Street, London W1, and 15A New Street, Birmingham. Enquiries: 0800 192192
Gunmetal chainmail bag, pounds 39, Fenwick, as before. Black satin purse bag, pounds 14, Warehouse, as before. Silver ankle-strap sandals (sizes 3-8), pounds 75, Charles David, Bertie, 36 South Molton Street, London, W1, and House of Fraser, Glasgow. Enquiries: 0171 391 9933. Silver sandals (sizes 3-8), pounds 35, (BK2372QY) Freemans catalogue, as before
Grey sequin band top (sizes S-L), pounds 25, French Connection, 249 Regent Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0171 399 7200. Red feather boa, pounds 85, Basia Zarzycka, 135 Kings Road, London SW3. Enquiries: 0171 351 7276
Red/black lacy top (sizes 8-16), pounds 25, Warehouse, 19-21 Argyll Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0171 278 3491. Red/black ostrich boa, pounds 69, by Jackson from Fenwick, 63 New Bond Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0171 629 9161
Denim encrusted boob tube (size 8-16), pounds 30, Warehouse, as before. Pearl/crystal drop necklace, pounds 198, Butler & Wilson, 20 South Molton Street, London W1. Enquiries: 0171 409 2955
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