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BAGS OF LOLLY; EXCLUSIVE Celebs flock to designer swap shops.

Byline: By GRACE MACASKILL

THEY'RE the last people you would expect to find in second-hand clothes.

But Gwyneth Paltrow and Lindsay Lohan are among a stampede of celebrities devoted to swishing - the craze for swapping top-end handbags and gladrags.

Fashionistas are invited to swap shops where they exchange unwanted gear - usually top labels - for other people's cast-offs.

Now two of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs are encouraging Scots to get swishy with it at a charity event.

Fiona Hamilton and Alison Fielding - who own trendy cafe and shop Fifi and Ally - want to raise cash to renovate a cottage that will give muchneeded breaks to young carers.

They hope the cast-off clobber will raise thousands for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Sienna Miller and Mischa Barton have donated designer shoes, bags and dresses to similar charity events in London.

And Lindsay Lohan was the face of Visa Swap charity, a campaign which encouraged women to swap and buy second-hand clothes to raise money for children in Third World countries.

Fiona said: "Our event is a chance for a bit of frivolity.

"The credit crunch means that recycling is really big now but there is a serious side to it.

"There are young carers out there who barely get a break and we would like to help them by establishing a cottage on the coast where they can get a bit of respite.

"Women can bring along any items of clothing they like, although most people have said they will bring handbags.

"They can swap or buy items and 10 per cent of any sales will go towards the charity...as well as the pounds 10 ticket price.

"It should be a really good, fun event."

Women up and down the country are going swishing mad as they try to beat the credit crunch and update their wardrobes.

Twiggy started the fad on her Frock Exchange TV show, which encouraged fashion victims to swap unwanted clothes for alternative, up-to-date outfits.

Tickets for the "swish" at Fifi and Ally, Wellington Street, Glasgow, on March 13, can be bought from the cafe or by logging on to the website www.fifi-and-ally.com

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