Fur, leopard print, geometric prints, gothic and silver are the key trends to emerge from Milan Fashion Week's fall/winter 2012-13 collections. This was confirmed by a trip to the White Milan Show, a fair for fashion buyers that takes place concurrently with the big name designer runway shows.
I was pretty pleased to read that Kate Middleton now owns Lupo the Cocker Spaniel puppy. Hurrah! More royal distinction for the humble Spaniel, which has long been overlooked in favour of the decidedly less regal-looking Corgi.
A couple of years ago, no urban fashionista would be seen dead in a jacket with corduroy elbow patches. How things change - practical country clothing, once the preserve of farmers and fisherman, is now fashionable and has spread to the city and suburbs.
Over my years in the industry, I've noticed that the baby-related-headline count spikes at Christmas. Is it a sentimentality thing? Is it a Baby Jesus thing? Who knows. It's creepy, anyhow.
Late 1940s fashion is tailored perfection. The decade saw a revolution in fashion design when Christian Dior introduced the New Look with his first collection in 1947. Gone was the austerity of the war years with its military style suits with huge shoulder pads and in came its replacement: the feminine hourglass figure.
For some people - for quite a lot of people, actually - their wedding day is the true, confetti-covered apogee of their existence. I say people; really I mean women.
For many it is August, not April, which is the cruellest month. The followers of Diana Princess of Wales, who died on 31 August 1997, have not diminished in number but increased in the years since that unspeakable end in a Paris underpass.
2011 has seen two of the most anticipated weddings in the UK, if not in the world and, for that matter, speculation about their wedding dresses. Both weddings taking place in the UK, both brides called Kate, both Kates hailed as style icons in the making or style legends per se.
I think by now even the staunchest of republicans has realised that when Kate Middleton (aka the Duchess of Cambridge) wears a dress, it sells, and sells, and sells some more. So it's no surprise that ever since the royal engagement was announced, designers - and therefore fashion PRs - have been clamouring to dress her.