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few weeks ago in Milan, and again in Paris last weekend, the pundits of the men's fashion industry gathered to witness the collections for autumn/winter '99.

Fashion: The Style Police - Leave streetwear to the street

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Arts: At last! Theatre a la mode

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I HAD a funny weekend, last weekend. Partly funny ha ha, but more funny peculiar. I spent most of it in a bemused stupor. It was all because of a school reunion - not just any old school get-together though. Someone had had the idea that we ought to meet up again, after almost 25 years, on account of the miserable fact that we all turned 40 this year.

Fashion: Soft landing

The Puffa jacket gave us the notion that there was a simple answer to keeping warm in winter: wear a duvet. Now the idea has been revived and redefined, and eiderdowns, quilts and sleeping bags have been making their mark on the season's fashion. For the best, try Hussein Chalayan, Joseph, Ghost and Helmut Lang, whose subtly padded creations envelop you in blissful warmth without forcing you to waddle sideways down corridors

Shopping with.. Tracey Boyd: Florence, Paris, Portobello

TRACEY BOYD imagines that most designers, like herself, hardly ever buy clothes. "I wear my own - if you're a girl it kind of makes sense, but when I do buy I choose things which are completely different from what I design." Boyd produces pretty skirts and dresses in beautiful fabrics for her own two-year-old label, Boyd, but when she's "nowhere near fashion people", rustles around in long skirts "made from tent material" which make her feel like a wigwam. "I go to Vexed Generation in Soho [3 Berwick Street, London W1; 0171 287 6224] which sells amazing streetwear. It's terrifying to get to, on the first floor down an alleyway which smells of piss - you have to walk across this horrible chicken wire bit, but inside it's fantastic and inventive."

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