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Little Miss Marple

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Top: wool jumper, pounds 350, by Fake, from Browns Focus, South Molton Street, W1 (enquiries 0171 488 3020); sleeveless jumper, pounds 225, patchwork apron, pounds 115, both by Martin Margiela, from Liberty, Regent Street, W1 (enquiries 0171- 734 1234); hand-embroidered boots, pounds 750, at Gina, 189 Sloane Street, SW1 (enquiries 0171 235 2932).

FASHION: PIED BEAUTY

The most glorious wardrobes this autumn are full of dappled things: knitted cardies, crochet skirts, leather coats, patchwork boots, all in a joyful riot of tones, prints and textures. It's so simple - the more colours you mix, the better you'll look

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Aileen Ribiero

Real Clothes: Velvet underground

If there's one thing you can depend on this winter, it's that velvet will be putting in an appearance. But fear not, the Sloane Ranger's favourite fabric has moved on this season, and we are mercifully no longer limited to frumpy evening dresses. It's Gucci we have to thank for shaking things up this season - its rouched boots, glam skin-tight trousers and knee-skimming skirts in burgundy, lilac and black have given velvet the injection of louche sexiness it desperately needed.

Monitor: Female attire

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A PROFESSIONAL Golfers' Association manager who left her job after being asked not to wear trousers said she was told senior staff "liked to see their women in skirts".

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