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London scene to be seen

by Fiona Scott, London Correspondent

Piccadilly Circus

AS LONDON'S trendiest set—the "It girls"—strut their stuff down Soho's narrow streets to the latest wine bars, clutching their copies of Bridget Jones' Dairy and humming Blur lyrics about Park Life, 'What adorns these well conditioned bodies?' I hear you ask. Is it Prada, Karen Millen, or maybe something from a market?
   London's fashion scene is constantly changing at a fast pace (pity that wasn't the Northern Line) but there are three things which remain constant-hip, stylish, and functional. Yes, clothing of the '90s and, indeed, into the millennium must incorporate these three elements.
   So what's hot and what's not?
   Fur (faux, of course) makes a hit on collars and cuffs of jackets, coats, cardigans, and even shirts. The fur is preferably black and maybe shaggy to add that "textured look". For those Leos amongst us leopard print is also quite acceptable. Winter coats take a cut at the three-quarter length with a swing; full length gets caught on the Tube escalator of course! Single-breasted coats are definitely hot and double-breasted are definitely not.
   For relaxing weekend wear, there is only one sort of trousers worn around here—army green combat with pockets for Africa. The best place for these is at the very much alive and beating Camden Town weekend markets for around £20. Wear the trousers with platform sneakers, running shoes (trainers to the Brits), or black platform boots and strut into a Camden pub, roll a cig, flick your newly braided hair and you're bound to make a hit.

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Leicester SquareBroadwick Street, Soho
Piccadilly Circus
Leicester Square

Clockwise from top left The sidewalk at Leicester Square; Broadwick Street, Soho; faux fur at Piccadilly Circus; grey faux fur collar at Leicester Square

Photography by Fiona Scott

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