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TWEED ALL ABOUT IT!; TO THE MANOR BORN: The favourite upper crust fabric that is all the rage.

It's hip to be a Brit this season, as the passion for all things home- grown reaches new heights.

As London Fashion Week kicks off, a hot new wave of designers has the international set clamouring for a bite at Old Blighty.

They're searching for the decadence and glamour of a distant era that has seen blue- bloodied Scots Honor Fraser and Stella Tennant reach the dizzy heights of the modelling world.

And they want to go home with the kind of clothes the landed young ladies wear well - like these classic tweeds with a cutting edge.

The grand-daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and niece of Lord Glenconner, Stella's quirky good looks have landed her a contract with top French fashion house, Chanel.

While doe-eyed Honor, a Fraser of Lovat, has landed prestigious jobs for Marks & Spencer, Russell and Bromley and Burberrys.

Neither typifies the English rose - but both represent the kind of languid beauty of the 30s' socialite.

It's a reaction to the big-hair, big-ego trip that was the supermodels, and proof that it's as cool to be British this season as it was when Edward and Mrs Simpson set a style for society.

Now everyone wants to look like they've just come back from a weekend in the country. And they're doing it in the fabric the toffs wear at their Highland estates - tweed.

Belted jackets, maxi skirts and a flurry of opulent accessories should leave us all looking like the landed gentry.

Even if the closest we get to the ancestral abode is a scone in the tearoom.

The trick is to wear tweed with a hint of eccentricity.

Not, I hasten to add, like mad old Lady Maud, with green wellies and spaniel drool in your fur collar, but with accessories that add a touch of individuality to the best the High Street has to offer.

We went hunting for the authentic and came up with second-hand beads, bags and bonnets that looked rich enough to form the basis of any family inheritance.

Then used them to give a quirky edge to a classic trouser suit and pinafore from Hobbs.

Top marks go to High Street store Oasis, for adding their own touch of class to a belted knee-length coat - a luscious fake fur collar.

And to Kookai for the pure wear-ability of their waist-hugging jacket and hipster maxi-skirt.

Now all you need to acquire is an aristocratic slouch ... and you'll be ready to inherit fashion's most sought-after titles.

Many thanks to the Gean House Hotel, Tullibody.

The names to look out for in London Fashion

The Ab Fab four days of shows that make up this autumn's London Fashion Week are already being tipped as the most exciting in years.

Fashion pundits who normally skip London on the round of international shows are queueing up for front row seats.

Today, we put you ahead of the pack by letting you into the style secrets of five of the hottest new labels.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN: THE show of the week. The old man of the new wave, London-born McQueen's ground-breaking, theatrical collections have been causing a storm since 1992, when Vogue stylist Isabella Blow bought his entire graduation collection.

OWEN GASTER: The fashion Press have come to expect the unexpected from the 25-year-old. A big star in the Far East, Gaster gives wearable clothes and traditional tailoring a twist with slashes of colour and ultra-modern fabrics. Celebrity clientele includes Siobhan Fahey, Kylie Minogue, Blur and Pulp.

ANTONIO BERARDI: Nominated for the 1996 Young Designer of the Year, Berardi comes to Fashion Week complete with sponsorship from Courvoisier. Another celeb favourite, he persuaded Kylie Minogue to model for him at last year's spring/summer shows.

CLEMENTS RIBEIRO: Suzanne Clements and Brazilian-born Inacio Ribeiro met and married while at St Martin's School of Art and Design. The couple, who set up their label in 1993, have just clinched a design deal with high street store Dorothy Perkins.

HUSSEIN CHALAYAN: A big fave on the pop scene, 26-year-old Chalayan's dresses the likes of Bjork. His no-frills but precisely-finished tailoring has won him an army of fans.
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Date:Sep 25, 1996
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