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The Benetton equation - "shocking" ads, boring product - holds good with Gap, too. Only the Gap commercials are smart and charming rather than shocking, and all the more insidious for that. The recent Gap series, the dancing ones - Sixties go-go etc - and the singing ones, are all really good in their bland way. They recycle other people's ideas, aesthetics and music in good-taste, high-production-value, high-concept ways. And in very much a photographer's studio; white-out, tasteful settings, with no problematic class or tribal-specific detailing. It's all done with a strong stylist's editorial eye (rather as Ralph Lauren gained hugely from Ann Boyd's taste).

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Forget sloppy Joes and twin-sets with "pretty" beaded details this season - even the moths won't want to nibble on them. Knitwear for autumn/winter '99 is all about making a statement. Thick and chunky (think hand-knitted) is the dictum from the catwalk for cardigans and jumpers, but also fitted in shape and sexy - and it's not an easy combination to pull off. Necklines have been taken to the extreme - you could lose yourself in the latest, cowlnecks, they're so enormous. And sleeves? Well they're either very very long or very very wide.

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