IN&OUTTONIGHT 24 Thursday, 29 October 2009 London Lite FASHION SPY By Louise Roe SIXSUPER Cuffs London girls are stars in stripes! I F THERE is one single fashion item that sums up how to look effortlessly stylish with minimal effort, it must surely be the Breton top. The navy and white stripes were first brought to the fashion world by Coco Chanel back in the Twenties after she no- ticed French fishermens striped attire, and since then gamine fashion icon Audrey Hepburn and sex kitten Bridget Bardot have shown how the look can be elegant, modern and sexy -- whatever the era. Today, those stripes are back with a vengeance, not just in jersey tops, but also on knitwear and even dresses. We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of Breton gar- ments on the capitals streets this week. Now that we are having an Eighties revival, they are a great way to hark back to the time when Jean Paul Gaultier brought them to the forefront of fashion. And what better way to recession- proof your wardrobe than by investing in timeless peren- nials? Even the most frugal of penny-pinchers wont regret buying such a classic -- the bril- liantly simple yet eternally chic striped option will give seasons of wear. If you like to keep with the nautical look, dress like our Street Style girl Lizzy Black (see right) who paired her Breton top with high-waist, wide- leg sailor pants and skinny belt. Or if you prefer to keep things even simpler, team your Breton with skinny jeans and pumps, for an authentic Chanel look. Alternatively, clash your stripes with other prints for a quirky mix, or with bold block colours to liven things up a bit. Primary colours work very well with the nau- tical navy and white stripes. Our favourite colour combi- nations are classic red, yel- low or more blue Classic jersey Breton tops can be found at Petit Bateau (from 42), while Bretons with a twist of fun are championed by designer Sonia Rykiel. We love her school crest T-shirt dress (117, my-wardrobe.com) and pearl necklace detail top (135). Also head to Topshop to find striped knitwear with shiny gold buttons (from 35). BY REBECCA BOYCE Glam: Anna Friel looks stylish in a Breton striped dress S O IT turns out Halloween is kind of big in America. It also seems to be an excuse for girls to dress up as hookers, which I find a bit off- putting. Cut to me spending $100 on a hooded Harry Potter outfit with Sexy Wizard written on the label -- the only non-PVC and non- butt-skimming item I could find in Hollywood. I do have a wand and the geeky glasses though, so Im quite excited about my look. Im heading to a party armed with autumns hottest accessories: Christian Louboutins new Piper Heidsieck champagne flutes (350 at Selfridges), which come in the WereallbattyforBretons STREETSTYLEInassociationwithSpecsavers GOLD MESH AND RHINESTONE KNOT 35, YLB at Wallis GOLD WEAVE AND BLACK STONE 20, French Connection BLACK STONE AND CRYSTAL 22, Oasis BRASS STUD AND STONE 230, Kit Deluca at Kabiri SILVER AND GREEN ONYX 495, monicavinader.com HAMMERED GOLD AND AMETHYST 25, Oliver Bonas 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html