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Simon Chilvers
Friday July 2, 2004
The Guardian


Overexposed: Donatella clones

Catherine Zeta-Jones, what were you thinking this week? Since when has it been necessary for a celebrity front-rower to imitate her designer host? Wear one of their frocks, fine, but full-on impersonation? Three words: step too far.

This is particularly true when you are nestling on your gilt chair at a Versace menswear show in Milan, and the host in question is Donatella. There is no easy way to say this, Catherine: you looked more 80s pastiche than Hollywood goddess (below right) stepping out in a slinky black halterneck dress, big, big, Dynasty hair, massive hoop earrings and eye-slap a go-go.

Perhaps even scarier, though, is that the same ill-fated curse has fallen over Allegra (also pictured), Donatella's daughter, who just this week turned 18 and inherited half the family fashion empire. Cue acres of makeup, a ludicrous pout and a coiffed-as-you-like scare do à la mamma. Whatever happened to teenage rebellion?

Pretend you know all about: Tailor Made For Business

Summer 2004 is now officially over (in fashion terms, at least) and new winter stock has started to arrive in stores. Fashion junkies will greet this with an overexcited cheer. For everyone else, it probably sounds like a lot of nonsense to be thinking about woollies and coats in July. But life moves fast in the fashion lane, my friends, so if you want to be in it to win it (or wear it), then start penning that autumn shopping list.

For further inspiration, head to Liverpool Street in London for Tailor Made for Business, a predominantly men's fashion event showcasing autumn offerings from the likes of Paul Smith, Dunhill and Dolce & Gabbana.

Spread over three days, and at lunchtime, Tailor Made is in its second year and a refreshing addition to the fashion scene. Aside from the clothes, Robert Brown, "grooming expert", will offer style and skincare tips. What better excuse do you need to get out of the office?

· Tailor Made For Business is at the Broadgate Arena, Liverpool Street, EC2, from July 6-8, 12.45-2pm. Information, 020-7228 9421

Overheard: "Mandals"

Sandals for men, a front-row staple in the 30C heat at Milan's menswear shows this week (see "manbag", a handbag for men).



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