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Lacoste is a name that's enjoying more revivals than Ol' Blue Eyes at the moment and for spring/summer 2001 there is a move into new shapes and bright summer colours to create a more contemporary look. Look for the Lacoste ladies halter-necks, boat necks and hooded version polos, perfect for day or night as well as cable knit sweaters in hot pinks, oranges and brilliant white. For men there's horizontal and vertical stripes and lightweight fleeces in the range which can be worn over polo shirts and stretch trunk shorts.

Must for the shower

If most shower gels leaves your skin feeling tight and dried out then try Fenjal's new Beauty Shower Creme, which ensures your skin is not left dehydrated even after towel drying. The secret is the Juvisan complex which was developed in Switzerland and contains nourishing ingredients to help your skin look younger for longer. The Shower Creme contains rich lipids, vitamin E and D-Panthenol. Dermatologically tested, pH-balanced, colourant free and not tested on animals, Fenjal Spa Shower Creme gives you that nourish with a flourish.

Must for the home

Bring the flavours of the world into your home with this collection that is just perfect for the summer months. The Taste of India set is available from Debenhams - the divided dish is pounds 12; the large platter is pounds 1; and the small plate and bowl are both pounds 5.

Must have

Finding a great looking beach or shopping bag that doesn't look cheap and tacky is not always an easy task. But this retro styled raffia basket looks so chic you could take it anywhere. It's exclusively from East Essentials and costs pounds 30 and a sheer Audrey straw hat (not pictured) costs pounds 25 to complete the look.

Must wear

TK Maxx has made a huge name for itself as the store that undercuts top name fashion labels giving us high fashion at low prices. Now along with fashion garments, jeans, lingerie and home goods it has some lovely contemporary styled silver jewellery pieces. This silver cuff is pounds 16.99, necklace pounds 29.99 and ring pounds 9.99 offering precious pieces with a pauper's price tag.

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Although spring seems ages away you can get into the mood with some groovy, inexpensive pieces from New Look. Don't just think it's for your kid sister or teenage daughter, New Look has lots of funky fashions for all ages. This bikini bra is pounds 5.99 and the shorts pounds 5.99 (sold separately) and this striped lime green jumper just pounds 14.99, which is pocket money or peanuts depending on your birth date.

Must for style

Clarks has come a long way from the days when comfort came before style as they have now successfully combined the two with a great new range for the new season. The Natural Instinct collection includes action inspired basics for women with a mobile lifestyle. With clog-style features and an inner sole that cushions the heel you can keep up the pace and feel good too. Prices are from pounds 39.99.

Retail Details

Debenhams is putting the serve back into service in its stores with a range of customer care initiatives to make shopping even easier. Busy mums will welcome the VIP baby service, which is in operation in all the restaurants. This includes free baby food, colouring sheets and crayons, disposable bibs and baby wipes and baby food warming bowls, bottle warmers, baby spoons and high chair available. And every store provides baby changing facilities. For newcomers of a different kind make a start on the Internet at the Intercafe where you can log on and chill out with one to one tuition if needed.

Bare faced chic is all the rage now at MAC, the cool cosmetics company as flesh coloured lipsticks and nail colours provide the inspiration behind the new Skin Flicks range. It's nude make-up, not natural; they are quick to point out. Heaven forbid we should look natural!
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 31, 2001
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