Many people talk about timeless style like it's the holy grail of menswear. Style immortality. Immunity from the whims of fashion. But is it really possible? The answer is yes and no. Whilst it is wholly possible to buy clothing that will look great for years to come, eventually some parts of your wardrobe are going to require an update.
Besides the risk of looking like Liberace, there's another reason why men should avoid fur at all costs: cruelty to animals is a real turnoff and isn't going to score you any points with the ladies - or anyone else, for that matter. In fact, according to a recent opinion poll, 95 per cent of British people say that they wouldn't dream of wearing real fur. That's because they know that for the animals trapped in filthy cages on fur farms, who are never allowed to feel the grass beneath their feet or dive into a cool stream...
I loathe public pools (there was an incident involving an incredibly hirsute man, a weeping wound and a large, floating sticking plaster during aqua aerobics which pushed me clean over the edge) so I figured the extra motivation of at least having a pretty looking swimsuit would definitely not go amiss.
For those uninitiated into the world of tailoring, it can seem rather intimidating. There are so many 'rules'. Everyone has an opinion; friends, colleagues, family members, even random people on the street. Whilst there is plenty of scope to get it catastrophically wrong, it's easier than you think to get it right.
The women's mass-market selection is limited. Yes, it sounds almost too tempting a cause for the feminist crusaders out there, but the women's selection is mainly pink and purple. Does Nike not think women are after black patent, woven-toed or basketball-inspired, swoosh-emblazoned trainers? Apparently not.
From Chanel, Beyonce's House of Dereon and Betsey Johnson's temporary fashion tattoos, to Louis Vuitton's SS11 man-bag in collaboration with tattoo artist Scott Campbell, and Christian Audigier's collections featuring Ed Hardy's iconic tattoo designs - the fusion of body inking and fashion has long been making a powerful statement.
For a brown woman living in modern day Britain, being told that pale skin is 'in' is like being shown to the door of the clubhouse and being asked to leave... lay off the skin trends. If you truly mean to be part of the zeitgeist, embrace the change that models like Naomi Campbell are asking for - greater representation for women of colour in fashion and on your pages.
Something clear when speaking to him, was that this is a brand sweetened with Jamie Laing. From his humour, fun and maybe one or two of his trademark phrases, Candy Kittens is full of life and certainly has plenty more in it. For one week only they have popped up at 261 Kings Road, so pop in and you might even meet the main-man himself.
A key Autumn/Winter trend for 2013 is the blurring of lines of masculine and feminine. I took inspiration from a beautifully talented singer, Caro Emerald and her lyrics to "Coming Back As a Man" to showcase the masculine/feminine trend. As Caro Emerald sang; "You see I've got it planned, I'm coming back as a man".
There seemed to be so many people jumping on the Royal bandwagon without offering anything different or remotely imaginative. That's when the idea struck me, everyone seemed to be milking the Royal birth so why not provide exactly that as a visual, that's how the concept for my Royal Breastfeeding T-Shirt materialised.