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    Celebrate our past glories with a vintage football shirt

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    Vintage football shirts

    The atmosphere during important football tournaments is often described as ‘highly charged’. In the ’80s at least, this usually had less to do with the football skills on the pitch than 150 fans packed on to a terrace wearing nylon replica football shirts generating enough static to short circuit the national grid. So, for this year’s World Cup, celebrate our past glories (and agonies) by donning a classic, not to mention classy, cotton equivalent (from £32.99).
    Vintage shirts (0191 491 3400/


    Football, beaches, caipirinhas: Brazilians are supremely good at many things. Add swimwear and accessories to the list. And we’re not just talking cool flip-flops, but chunky beaded cuffs, bamboo clutch bags and sizzling body flaunting bikinis too, all available on this excellent and affordable website. Bikinis from around £40.


    Beauty spot

    Hei Poa oil

    The cheery Polynesian sunset on the label and the bright orangeade-coloured liquid make the classic Hei Poa monoi oil look as good on the shelf as it does on your bod. Smelling of hot summer holidays with a rich note of coconut, this will enhance your tan like subtle make-up by moisturising the skin and making it glow. Pure essence of summer for £9.
    Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1 (020 7235 5000) Knightsbridge tube. Open Mon, Tue, Sat 10am-7pm, Wed-Fri 10am-8pm, Sun 12noon-6pm.


    Just out Sight Station

    Originally an online company providing stylish prescription frames at affordable prices, Sight Station is now selling its fun, fashionable range at Debenhams. Prescription spectacles are priced from£44.95 with non-prescription ‘ready readers’ from £15. Debenhams, 334-348 Oxford St, W1 (0844 5 616 161/ Bond St tube. Open Mon,Tue, Fri, Sat 9.30am-8pm, Wed 10am-8pm, Thur 9.30am-9pm and Sun 12am-6pm. See Sight Station’s range online at or call 0870 850 3354.

    Sales and events

    The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair

    A colourful cornucopia of vintage clothes, handbags, linen, embroidery, shoes, hats, textiles, beads, trimmings, magazines and jewellery spread across more than 100 stands. Look out for vintage treasure salvaged from the clearance of a large house in Brighton.The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair, Hammersmith Town Hall, King St, W6 (020 8543 5075/ Hammersmith tube. Sale June 4. Open 9am-5pm. Adm £5 from 10am; early entry from 9am £10.d

    Designer Sale UK

    Label slaves adore this ever-popular clothing sale. Silk Gharani Strok dresses, fresh from the catwalk, can be snapped up for £30. Pieces by Hunters and Gatherers start at £15, while bold prints from Zakee Shariff can be had for a mere £25. For men there will be huge reductions on Alexander McQueen suits and shoes and Nigel Hall shirts at just £20. If you’re too busy manning the barbecue to make it down in person, a limited selection of stock is also available to buy online. Designer Sale UK, Studio 95, Truman Brewery, 95 Brick Lane, E1 (01273 470 880/ Sale June 1-3. Open Thur 1-10pm (mailing list invitation only – join on the website), Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Shop online at Adm £2.

    On the QT designer sample sale

    Meanwhile, on the west of town, more big designer names beckon. Stock from Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood will have a ludicrous 70 per cent snipped off. It will also be worth making the trip for interesting pieces by Camilla Staerk and Marc Jacobs – especially his cute summer pleated skirts – or the selection of skinny, boot-cut and baggy jeans from labels such as Acne, Sass & Bide, True Religion and newcomer Serfontaine. On the QT Designer Sample Sale, 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 (07970 908786/ Ladbroke Grove tube. Sale June 2-4. Open 12noon-7pm. Adm £1.


    Graduate Fashion Week

    Industry types go to find new talent, students go for inspiration and Joe Public goes for the glitzy fashion shows. Over the years, Graduate Fashion Week has launched the careers of top Brits such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Julien Macdonald. But it’s not all posh frocks and schmoozing; all manner of behind-the-scenes student work will be showcased, including work in design, merchandising and fashion journalism.

    Graduate Fashion Week, Battersea Park Arena, Chelsea Bridge Gate Entrance, North Carriage Drive, SW11 (01903 885 748/ Sloane Square tube. Exhibition June 4-7. Open Mon 11am-7.30pm, Tue 10.45am-7.30pm, Wed 11am-6.30pm, Sun 11am-7.30pm. Adm £5 for exhibition only (no advance booking); £10 plus £2 booking fee for fashion show and exhibition; £25 plus £2 booking fee for Gala Show (June 7).

    Spitalfields City Farm Sheep and Wool Fair

    Tell your kids the truth about woolly jumpers as you take part in traditional crafts such as sheep shearing and spinning wool. You can watch the Cast Off Knitting Club undertake a knit-in, check out some sheep racing, play guess the weight of the fleece or (for the more serious) sit in on discussions about sustainability. For the kids there are workshops in felt-making, animal mask-making and face-painting. There will also be stalls selling the woolly stuff and refreshments in the shape of sheep biscuits and chocolate sheep droppings. Just don’t mention mint sauce. Sheep and Wool Fair, Weaver St (off Brick Lane), E1 (020 7247 8762/ Aldgate East tube. Fair June 4. Open Sun 12noon-4pm.

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