IN&OUTTONIGHT Gin in the eveninG We must confess were partial to a drop of the clear stuff. Vodka may be popular with the yoof but gin has a sophisticated edge, which those people at tanqueray are capitalising on. Held all this week at No 4 Hamilton Place, a swanky edwardian pile on the edge of Hyde Park, tanqueray tables is a series of intimate cocktail evenings -- you book a table for four (50) and get two gin cocktails, accompanied by canaps that contain an element of gin. Further cocktails can be purchased at 4 each. Go to to book. the Contortionist Bike Its not available yet but were already lusting after it. thanks to multiple bike thefts among our friends this year, weve decided we want our two wheels where we can see them. We cant quite afford a Brompton, so were putting our names down for Royal College of Art design student Dominic Hargreavess 400 Contortionist, which not only looks sleek and slick, but 18 Monday, 10 August 2009 London Lite Goapewithnewpetstyle F armyards, jungles, zoos and pet shops arent renowned hunting grounds for fashion trends. But forget about mucking out and feeding time -- inspiration this season comes from the actual animals fashionable little faces. It all started when Stella McCartney showed zebra -- as worn by estelle and Louise redknapp -- and tiger motif dresses, which have been spotted on the ultra-stylish anna Friel and megan Fox. suddenly everyone wanted a piece of animal action. since then Christopher Kane has sent the fashion pack gaga with his edgy and extremely sought-after ape tops and dresses. admittedly they are an acquired taste, but you had better act quick if you want in -- before those primal fashionistas out there snaffle the last of the pack. try Matches, Browns and (from 210). Other designers tapping into their ani- mal instincts are Marc Jacobs, with sweet owl-motif tees (80) and cute cat handbags (325), and Diane von Furstenburg, with tiger-emblazoned silk dresses from 320 at Harvey Nichols. In fact, unleashing your inner animal has never been easier. Whether you see yourself as a fierce tiger, lion, or panther or maybe as a cute bunny, puppy or cat, there is something out there for you. From t-shirts to knitwear and even glamorous frocks, there is lots of choice on the high street, too. We love Emma Cook for Topshops deer print silk numbers in a muted, dusky lilac and charcoal colour palette, from 55. While you are pondering over which animal suits you best, also check out Markus Lupfers tropical sequined parrot sweater (85) for Topshop. youll find bunny rabbits at French Connection, zebras at Dorothy Perkins, tigers at River Island and puppies and flamingos at Yumi ( even jewellery is creature-themed. Alex Monroes addictively stylish insect jewel- lery shows no sign of waning, the classic bumblebee pendant (132) -- a firm favour- ite with sienna miller -- is back by popu- lar demand after sell-out success. Kenneth Jay Lane also champions animal rocks with super-glam tiger bangles and, our personal fave, the turquoise serpent ring at 215. also look out for Lily allens new jewellery range, launching late next month. expect kitsch panda poodle, flamingo and fish jewels. Whether you see yourself as a pony or a python, its time to inject some animal magic into your wardrobe. by rebecca boyce THISWEEK lite loves Hers His thelook VVBrown& NfaJohnson Hat 15, Topman Jacket 12, New Look CAMILLA RIDLEY-DAY Skirt 60, French Connection Necklace 8, Accessorize Ankle boots 35, Office Trench 65, Topman Poloshirt 16.99, Blue Inc Chinos 39.99, Esprit Shoes 35, Topman Waistcoat 95, Ted Baker Wheelie brilliant: the Contortionist bike Includes standard PENTAX single vision lenses to your prescription. Additional charge for other lens options. Cannot be used with any other offer. Subject to suitability. 3-month pack. Current prescription required. Eye test may be required please ask for details of charge. 2009 Specsavers Optical Group Limited. All rights reserved. Book an appointment online at or freephone 0800 0680 241 At Specsavers you can now save even more money on contact lenses. Weve reduced our lowest priced daily disposable contact lenses to just 16 a month, if you sign up to a direct debit scheme. And youll get a whole range of extra benefits too, including half price designer glasses. Fashion fallsfor animal magic... index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html