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At Birmingham International, among the harassed mums shepherding their young 'uns through customs and the boozed-up stags chucking back the duty free, there can be found an altogether classier breed of flyer. They hurry past the riff-raff to the firstclass lounge for a few pre-flight cocktails and a browse through the Times, leaving clouds of Chanel in their wake.

Not for them, a worn-out, brown suitcase that was popular in the 1970s and a plastic carrier stuffed with wet wipes Oh no, these flash Harries travel in style, from the Dior sunglasses resting atop their wellcoiffed heads to the soles of their Gucci shoes. Their luggage is monogrammed, and yep, it matches. Read on to see how the other half roam


Loved by old aristocrats and young rap artists alike, Louis Vuitton is really la crAme de la crAme of luggage.

Hideously expensive, beautifully made, these bags will never touch an economy class seat in their lives.

This season the city's hoi polloi will be sending their minions to Colmore Row's LV store for the very latest range.

For something a little different, we like the Vaslav bag in ostrich patchwork, priced pounds 9,200 and the Cabas Steamer in carpet, priced pounds 5,900


The New Dior Flight bag takes inspiration from the forties, the flying jacket and above all, femme fatales.

From the Blitz to the Ritz, these girls are all about living their jetset lifestyles and cramming stylish adventure into their days. Available in leather or baby lamb in black, brown and beige, the Dior Flight bag is just the right size for our heroine's credit cards, cell phone, ipod, hidden treasures and ticket to ride.

All have flight tags, hand-braided zip pullers, D rings, and Dior signed buttons.

It costs pounds 1,005 so you may as well cancel that holiday now


Here's a clever idea for those who prefer to travel by road. Mini has teamed up with Italian fashion designers Mandarina Duck, to provide a funky new range of luggage, created to fit perfectly into the boot of a Mini Convertible. The four-piece set includes a backpack (pounds 62), boardcase (pounds 130), messenger bag (pounds 78) and weekend bag (pounds 84), available in sunset orange, coffee and black. Buy at or from all UK Mini dealerships


A new season calls for a new scent. Pack away those summery, fresh numbers and bathe in something a little darker and more mysterious. For the next three months, stick to the same perfume and give Autumn 2005 it's very own smell-track.

The ones featured below are available from Boots, Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, Selfridges and The Perfume Shop


The scent causing the most waves this month is Thierry Mugler's Alien. Just like Mr Mugler's first fragrance - Angel, it has already divided the nostrils of the world.

Three sniffs later, I'm still not sure whether I love it or hate it, but I'm thinking that's the point as according to the blurb, it's futuristic, hopeful and out of this world.

The bottle itself, shaped like a precious gem, will certainly brighten up any drab dressing table.

It costs pounds 35


Hippy chicks sad at having to pack away their gypsy skirts until the next boho revival will be cheered up by Paul Smith's Floral.

Contained in psychedelic packaging, this scent, priced pounds 22, has serious 1970's flower power and aims to make the wearer feel full of life and creative.

Its heart is a unique blend of white flowers; Magnolia, Orchid and Osmanthus Blossom, topped with bubbly citrus extracts and ginger and balanced out with musk and amber base notes


Tommy Hilfiger's True Star Men has been inspired by Latino lovely and all-round hero Enrique Iglesias.

"He's talented, cool, charismatic and appeals to both menand women worldwide with his casual and relaxed sense of style," said Tommy.

A soft-spiced woody fragrance, True Star Men blends the cool crispness of a pink grapefruit with mysterious tones of black liquorice.

The bottle resembles a microphone so is perfect for those fellas (you know who you are) who like to do Elvis impersonations in front of the mirror.

Priced pounds 19 for 30ml


Hot on the heels of CK One comes another scent to share with your nearest and dearest.

It was inevitable Parisian Jean Paul Gaultier - a long lover of blurring the boundaries between men and women - would create a smell for all humankind.

Made up of equal parts Amber, Musk and Vanilla, Gaultier to the Power 2 is warm and sexy.

For ultimate coupledom buy the pair of 40ml bottles, priced pounds 50, which are joined by a magnet


The latest women's fragrance from Calvin Klein is Euphoria, which combines notes of exotic fruits, black orchid, amber, and mahogany.

The eau de parfum spray comes in the crazy-shaped bottle shown here. There's also Euphoria body lotion, shower gel, and a travel lipstick-sized gel
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Date:Oct 5, 2005
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