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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Lifestyle
26 June 2008
I love a list. Every time I went on holiday, starting from as soon as I could write, I'd make a packing list. I now...
Lifestyle
19 June 2008
It's said that when a woman doesn't feel great about herself she will buy not new clothes, but accessories. There's...
Lifestyle
12 June 2008
I have been desperate for the arrival of summer - so that I can write about hats. Big, blowsy hats that will protect...
Lifestyle
05 June 2008
This is shaping up to be the summer of the super-heel, a trend that, for once, covers both men's and women's fashion,...
Lifestyle
29 May 2008
It wasn't a shoe shopping expedition, but nevertheless when I saw them, I got that tunnel vision that meant I saw...
Lifestyle
22 May 2008
Not unoccasionally at the moment, I get a call from a bewildered journalist wanting to know if there is any correlation...
Lifestyle
15 May 2008
Along the street where I live in London is a stall selling magazines that are marginally out of date. You can buy three...
Lifestyle
08 May 2008
Some years ago, I had cause to investigate the subject of cross-dressing, specifically heterosexual men who dressed up...
Lifestyle
01 May 2008
When I was 18 I saw my sister cry for the first time that I could recall. My Parisian aunt, who really should have been...
Ideas
24 April 2008
There's something I've always thought rather peculiar about clothes shops. Most spend a not insignificant amount of...
Ideas
17 April 2008
I've always regarded loafer-wearing men with some suspicion. This is due in no small part to the fact that Italian men...
Ideas
10 April 2008
I am just back from Italy. Anyone who thinks Italians eat an exemplary diet, all tomatoes, fresh fish and scatterings...
TV and Radio
03 April 2008
Who saw the The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, set in Botswana and shown by the BBC on Easter Sunday? It is now being...
Lifestyle
27 March 2008
Who remembers the little haberdashery shop? Sadly, I don't remember having a local one on my high street (John Lewis...
Lifestyle
19 March 2008
It's not easy explaining to a four-year-old why you'd rather she didn't get holes put in her ears. Earrings hold a...

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