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IT'S CULTURE CLOBBER!; Fashion goes back to the 80s so dig out those leg-warmers, ra-ra skirts and neon vests.

RACY ra-ra skirts, ruched, ribbed and ruffles with everything please, and priceless legwarmers - throwbacks don't often come this good.

High street stores are revelling in fashion's return to the 80s and neon vests, batwing catsuits and white stilettos, once again, are de rigeur.

We're not quite resurrecting the Crystal Carrington killer shoulder pads and huge hair just yet, but it could be only a matter of time. You've been warned.

From the heavy vampy eyeliner, dragged-through-a-hedge hair to the hits of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Bananarama, it all feels like yesterday...

Wristbands and an up-to-the-elbow collection of bangles are back with a vengeance.

And even if you're not the best dancer the world has ever seen, you can still get away with this season's just-stepped-from-the-studio look with the latest lines in legwarmers.

But be sure to mount the nearest taxi and yelp that 'you're gonna live forever'.

For hair, there's the two-in-one hairstyle, better known as the mullet - short and spiky on top, with a bit of length at the back or even a rat's tail - and Afro-Carribbean hair, which gets the wet-look.

We've been treated to a drip-feed of sexy off-the-shoulder tops over the last few seasons and this 80s-inspired gear looses none of that.

Chomp a Wham bar, lick a lolly, suck a sherbet spaceship and slurp a Slush Puppy.

You can run, but you can't hide. The 80s are back in a big way so douse yourself in Anais Anais or Lou Lou and enjoy.

Dodgy deelyboppers and ropey ra-ras, this season's 80s throwbacks are fun, fun, fun.

And it's not just the fashion...

IT'S the music too.

New Romantics Duran Duran are on the comeback trail after 16 years and Simon le Bon and Nick Rhodes have joined forces with the trio of unrelated Taylors - bassist John, guitarist Andy and drummer Roger - and have been working in the studio.

Original girlband Bananarama, who formed in late 1981 and scored a string of chart hits with pop classics such as Love in The First Degree and Venus, performed together again in a one-off at the beginning of last year.

Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey got together for a 20th anniversary concert for a South Bank Show special.

Pop idols including Adam And The Ants and Spandau Ballet have also appeared on nostalgic arena tours under the Here And Now banner and Blondie got back together to record a new album and do a tour in 1999.

And Boy George has become something of a celeb since Culture Club and has produced his own musical - Taboo.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 25, 2003
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