LISTE 04 The Young Art Fair in Basel June 15-20 2004
New empire of the sun

There's nothing more embarrassing than rocking up to a meeting in the same outfit as someone else's assistant.

Now that many of London's must-have labels like Boudicca, Jens Laugesen and Jonathan Saunders are stocked at the likes of Selfridges and Harvey Nicks, discovering an outfit doppelganger is a real and present danger.

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Very odd Japanese Electric Eel Shock trio do White Heat at Infinity. 8pm-3am. 10 Old Burlington Street, W1. £5.

Holland Park's opera season opens with Bellini's Norma. 7:30pm. Holland Park, W11. £20-42. 0845 230 9769 or online.

Another summer tradition is opening: Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. 10am-6pm. Burlington House, W1. £7. 0870 848 8484 or online.

Fear not. The recently opened Soho boutique AKU caters especially to those style-seekers who refuse to be seen in ubiquitous outfits. Specialising in Japanese labels such as Takashi Kumagai's GDC, Maki Hiroshige's Gomme, Takashi Kanazawa's Raw Fugde (I'm sorry. Who?), the shop is a labour of love for buyer Addie Ugbenne, who spent months trying to convince many of the near-recluse designers to flog their wares in the UK.

As a result, AKU is the exclusive UK stockist for many of the top-notch brands, ensuring that there will be little likelihood of anyone else stealing your sartorial thunder.

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Come out! The London Gay Men's Chorus stage 'Singing Apes of Khao Yi' & selection of classics and evergreens. 7:45pm. Sth Bank SE1. £15-35. 0870 401 8181 or here.

The National rock 93 Ft East. 7:30pm. 150 Brick Lane, E1. £7. 08700 600 100 or online.

Don't expect a bargain though. The limited edition styles demand a certain level of, shall we say, financial commitment. But the sheer pleasure of showing off your impossibly trendy Japanese-designed trainers should make up for the fact you'll be eating beans on toast for the rest of the month.

Now, if only you could pronounce the designer's name.

AKU: Clothing from Japan
34 Marshall Street, W1 - 020 7437 4200


LISTE 04 The Young Art Fair in Basel June 15-20 2004

Get comfy at Trap's sofa bar at monthly QuickFlick World film fest tonight. 7pm. 201 Wardour St, W1. £2.

Mae West play Dirty Blonde makes its West End debut at Duke of York's after a Leeds run to rave reviews. 7:30pm St Martin's Ln, WC2. £7.50-39.50. 08700606623 or here

Sleek popster Lemar plays Hammersmith Apollo. 7pm. Queen Caroline St, W6. £20. 0870 606 3400 or online.

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