Annalisa Barbieri was in fashion PR for five years before going to the Observer to be fashion assistant. She has worked for the Evening Standard and the Times and was one of the fashion editors on the Independent on Sunday for five years, where she wrote the Dear Annie column. She was fishing correspondent of the Independent from 1997-2004.

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Culture
16 December 2002
Fashion's ability to turn full circle is one of its loveliest aspects. As one trend laps round another, we eventually...
Food and Drink
28 October 2002
''Are you," asked my best friend when she heard I was going to write this piece, "going to scare more people with your...
Lifestyle
15 April 2002
If you're feeling a little portly around the waist, I have some excellent news. Male corsets, aka waistcoats, are...
Society
08 April 2002
The year was 1984. The autumn leaves were golden, almost as majestic and beautiful, warm but regal, empathetic but...
Society
11 March 2002
If I had to pick one word that sartorially sums up the disintegration of our society, it would be hoods. They have come...
Politics
03 December 2001
It's amazing what can happen when you've got your head down. One minute everyone is wearing sober suits: all knee-...
Politics
27 August 2001
Earlier this year, we were promised a trend - a trend not particularly new, more rediscovered: miniskirts. This summer...
Politics
04 June 2001
Our first model, Margaret H, is wearing a taupe trouser suit with a delicate necklace and sensible black shoes. She...
Politics
28 May 2001
There comes a time, after an intense period of observing the same group of people, when you start having slight...
Politics
21 May 2001
Oh dear. William Hague was so ahead in the sartorial polls, but now he's gone and blown it. He decided on a change of...
Politics
14 May 2001
Should you meet a politician in the next few weeks, and not be certain of his politics by his conversation (so few of...
Politics
30 April 2001
A few years ago, as he accompanied a group of journalists to a British military camp in Bosnia, Michael Portillo showed...
Politics
23 April 2001
In the days when I used to be something in the fashion world, the team would sit up all night going through...
Politics
04 December 2000
Only once have I seen an MP up close, and I was so busy trying to make sense out of his all-English-words-and-yet-a-...
Politics
11 September 2000
This terribly respectable-looking Japanese lady was sitting on the Tube. Immaculately dressed in highly polished court...

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