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Actress Emma Watson raised eyebrows with her admission that she owns only eight pairs of shoes. The Independent's Assistant Fashion Editor thinks she's got it just right

Naughty but nice

get the look ...and get it right

High and chic

get the look ... and get it right

Open-toe jobsready to wear

Open-toe jobs

Just a slip of a thing

You may remember when having your petticoat showing was last in fashion, in the late Seventies. Then it was all gypsy-inspired flounces and tiered skirts with broderie anglaise peeping from your hem. This time it's sleeker and it's all about slips - don't say petticoat, whatever you do - with a rather more sophisticated lace trim (slinky and synthetic rather than cotton prettiness). The key to this look is delicate layers. First, your slip must be no wider than your top layer. A gentle A-line is the maximum width; full and gathered is absolutely out. The lowest part of the slip should just graze your knee, any longer and you will look absent minded. Marks & Spencer do some excellent slips, from pounds 10. Or you can sew a length of lace to the bottom of a garment you already have - John Lewis do some particularly fine lace trims from 69p a metre.

There ain't no mountain high enough

ready to wear: by annalisa barbieri

Think blue and pink

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Fashion: Thirties something

Art Deco, the great modernist movement of the Twenties and Thirties, was used in architecture, interiors, furniture, art and clothes. And it is still revitalising contemporary fashion. Hussein Chalayan uses sharp lines to enhance the silhouette, while Martine Sitbon covers her clothes with stark diamond shapes. Photographs by Noelle Hoeppe

Fashion: Off white

Today's bride and groom can choose a practical alternative to the white dress and morning suit: ultra-glamorous party clothes. Photographs by Derrick Santini

Hot on the heels of the Hackney mafia

It is hard to believe that in the depths of Hackney, east London, near the pawn brokers, the derelict bingo hall and the Class War graffiti, is the hothouse of shoe design. Even the sign: "Cordwainers Leather Support Centre" gives no clue to the fact that Cordwainers College is the only college in the whole world to offer a degree course in shoe design, and that in the last decade its graduates have included Patrick Cox, Emma Hope, Jimmy Choo, Lawler Duffy and Christine Ahrens.

BARE MIDWINTER

The key looks for now are sleeveless dresses, short skirts and little sweaters which are short of sleeve and short around the midriff

Dressed to kill, by Italian designers

James Bond once epitomised British style, but when the new 007 movie opens next month, the look will be decidedly foreign. David Lister reports

HIGH HEELS

Sexy, glorious and totally impractical, high-heeled shoes are addictive, whether you actually wear them or just keep them on the mantlepiece

Up tight : FASHION

Just when you thought fashion was comfortable, the tight pencil-line sk irt is back - and so are stilettos. Annalisa Barbieri tried out the look with d ifficulty

Fashion Update: Fine footwork

CLAIRE NORWOOD is being touted as the next Jimmy Choo and has already made shoes (including a pair of neon yellow patent leather stilettos) for Vogue. As well as making bespoke shoes, she will give your old shoes a new lease of life by customising them.

Fashion: Here today, Paris tomorrow: The aim of London Fashion Week is to steer young names towards an international future. Marion Hume and Roger Tredre look at the best of British

BRITISH fashion puts on its public face today with the opening of London Fashion Week. In pure fashion terms, the news is encouraging: the best of our designers are formidably talented. Despite tough market conditions, designers can still make their mark.
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