I was almost hopeless and had run out of money trying to start up the Tom Cridland brand two years ago, aged 23, when I sent an offer of a complimentary pair of our trousers to Nigel Olsson, who has been Elton's drummer since 1969 and was one of my favourite musicians, via his rep. Much to my surprise, I had an email from Nigel himself the next day, saying he loved the look of my designs.
Women need to be able to relate to the model - how can you invisage yourself in an outfit if a teenage girl with a body of a boy is modelling it? I want to open a magazine and see all types of bodies looking back at me, because the world does not come in one dress size. Everybody is different and that is what makes us beautiful.
I'm only human. I'm not designed to starve myself to fit into anyone else's standards of beauty. And, model-wise or not, I certainly do not deserve to be told what body shape of mine someone else prefers. Let me assure you, trying to stay that thin is a LIFESTYLE, not an existence, and certainly not something I ever wish to recreate.
Clothing humanises us; it's a primary form of self-expression. History has shown, conversely, that a fast way to dehumanise and diminish a person is to strip them of their personal clothing. You may have seen distressing images of mistreated prisoners; they are often naked or semi-naked, their lack of clothing emphasising their vulnerability and robbing them of individuality.
When you meet somebody, as I did recently, who has arrived at the oft-sought after role of fashion designer, from a different path, it is perhaps not so surprising that their outlook of the industry is very different.
Now it's full kit. Like, all-out activewear to decidedly non-active functions. Which - to someone comforted by random rules and boundaries - is slightly intimidating. I mean... gym kit outside the gym? Does no-one else spot the irony?
We need to be honest not candid, fur is not a green product and never will be. Whether it's real or fake. Real fur items are loaded with chemicals, the final product is not more natural than "battery chicken" fed with hormones.
The Millennial Luxury is actually the opposite concept of what the luxury conglomerates sell to the masses . It avoids the bling effect of a logotype splashed all around an object, preferring the object to stand out by its own values.
There are no rules when it comes to jewellery... Jewellery is an expression of your individual personality, your status and your taste. It is so unique and personal that it should be used to complete your look.
We need to start shopping better to make the fashion industry listen. There are some really simple ways to start choosing sustainable fashion over the mass-produced. Here's a quick look at two niche sectors that are growing considerably in sustainable options...
I want to be proud of what I represent (clothes are your mirror, a part of your personality), and I want to be sure I am not supporting slavery. I don't want my cheap fashion to be someone else's worst nightmare.
For a while, the word "wearable" was the exclusive domain of compulsive exercise fiends who didn't think LiveStrong bands made enough of a statement. But a new breed of wearable - in the form of technology-integrated-clothing - is now threatening to invade our wardrobes.
Here's a brutal truth that no hipster will ever admit: festival dressing is tricky. You see, the aim is to appear all nonchalant and cool whilst secretly planning and packing for days in advance, streamlining your essential kit into one 'oh, dunno', type bag. And it can total really quite a hefty stash even without all this batsh*t "British Summer" weather we've got going on right now.
There is no datum on mannequins - no system for sizing and no standard approach to it across the industry. When creating clothing, we have anatomical landmarks (nape to waist, for example) but the way this is measured is still variable. Paul is determined to standardise measurement taking and sizing to put an end to what is a slow, laborious and repetitive process.
I ponder a possible alternative in the form of technologies so specialised, rare and unique that they create a techno-couture instead. Here we begin to think about fashion and design being driven by technology, rather than the other way around.
If you're looking for an edgy and fresh finish to your look, then you certainly should consider pouncing for a pocket square. An absolute essential for modern men and their growing fashion tastes, even the simplest of squares can surge your style to never before seen heights.