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If there is one name in fashion that can at once summon both the glory of the avant garde and the cachet of commercial success, then it is Alexander McQueen. Known as a modern visionary, he is one of few current designers able to straddle the boundaries of high conceptualism and highly sought-after style.

Ready to Wear: Boot-cut jeans are nothing more than a lazy, middle-of-the-road look

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Jean therapy: The power of denim

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A Fraction of the Whole, By Steve Toltz

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White Denim - Power trio on the road from Austin

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Dress code: Octavia Bradford, Buyer, The Shop at Bluebird

What are you wearing right now?

A silk maxi-dress by Maje with a studded Acne denim jacket (that I just cut the sleeves off) and gladiator sandals. Accessories-wise, I'm busting a plaited headband, an Annina Vogel charm necklace and tons of random bangles. I think I'm having a Stevie-Nicks-meets-the-Hell's-Angels moment!

Album: White Denim, Fits, (Full time hobby)

White denim: a ubiquitous thing given a twist. As with the name, so it is with the music. The second album from this Texas trio is rock music in its purest form – and yet there is nothing here that will remind you of anything else.

Album: God Help the Girl, God Help the Girl, (Rough Trade)

God Help the Girl is the latest project of Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, which with its affection for old-school settings and songwriterly values, and its showcasing of female vocalists, parallels Paul Heaton's work in the Beautiful South.

Dress Code: Lesley torson, founder of Trilogy denim boutique

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