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Colourful, camp fruit and vegetable prints

all over Dolce & Gabbana's SS12

Chunky tribal inspired jewellery

just take a look at Dior's African Space range

McQueen's sculptural bootie

Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am


Who started it? AFH was established in 2005 by designer Ayesha F. Hashwani and is known for its dizzying swathes of fabric, splashes of colour and timeless, luxurious and (surprisingly for a Pakistani designer) sexy ensembles. Applying the richness of traditional Eastern crafts and motifs to contemporary fashion trends from the West makes for beautiful looks with a distinct touch of exotica.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Accounting for taste


30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Modern Gypsy

This summer we say goodbye to hippy chic and welcome the modern gypsy. With so many of the spring-summer collections paying homage to the 1970s, designers have looked to couturier Yves Saint Laurent for inspiration. Aside from his rich colour palette, they have chosen to revive his popular gypsy look.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Obsession: Fashion First Aid

There's nothing worse than showing too much boob or that dreaded VPL (visible panty line). Coming to the rescue are Fashion First Aid products that lift, support and hold.

14 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Top trends

The shift or sack dress

Retro-glam (the 1920s, 60s and 70s)


Longer hemlines, preferably to the ankle

Tailored jackets

Exaggerated necks (funnel necks, hoods, etc)

Embellishments (sequins, beads, crystal, feathers and fur)

Drop waists

Wrap coats secured with a belt

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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Battery-powered cufflinks

They project a beam of light in six colours and are so kitsch, they're cool. Just be prepared to part with US$200. Available from www.ikuffs.com.

Mod-inspired shapes

Go for higher hemlines and bubble-shaped dresses inspired by Courreges.

Cowboy style

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Much has been made of the return to ladylike dressing this season. Like many trends, it came from Miuccia Prada, who saw subversion in co-ordinating hats, gloves and handbags. Yet for some, dressing by the book has always been in style. Check out your local library and you'll find lots of pussycat-bow blouses, respectable hemlines and ostrich-skin accessories.

2 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Cathay reveals long and short of hemline furore

It's not just the pilots any more. Now Cathay's flight attendants are up in arms. But their grievance has nothing to do with money. It's bigger than that.

This is about dignity. It's about good taste.

It's about hemlines.

2 Sep 1999 - 12:00am