2012 May 18

There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the love lives of certain men, some of which has been fuelled by recently published or up-coming biographies of famous men, detailing their conquests in the boardroom and the bedroom.

One thing that’s interesting about some of these men is that they are immediately identifiable by their distinctive and limited clothing choices. Simon Cowell, for example, wears jeans. He wears jeans with a white T-shirt, or a black T-shirt, or a white shirt. Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld both wear fitted suits in black with white shirt, black tie and – for Lagerfeld, shades.

There are advantages to having a casual uniform.

1.    You never have to coordinate anything – your clothes all work together, all the time
2.    If you choose a look that suits you, you always look your best, so you can get on with your life (perhaps that’s how Cowell does it? Less time in front of the mirror equals more time spent spotting talent?)
3.    You don’t have to spend time shopping.

On the downside, the casual uniform can go horribly wrong

1.    Your look may date you – Simon Cowell’s high waistbands have earned him a lot of derision
2.    You may become clothing wallpaper – if you’re not a millionaire mogul or a fashion high flyer your chosen look might lead to you blending into the background once people get used to seeing you around.
3.    Your look may not be your best – Jimmy Savile may have thought he looked great in a tracksuit but Gok Wan might have told him to lose the trackies and get stylish!

2011 January 26

While Givenchy crossed the line into clothing ‘art’ with garments that took up to 4000 person hours to bead and embroider, Chanel’s catwalk show was build around Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, according to Karl Lagerfeld, and it showed.

The clothes at Chanel were a clever mix of casual and chic, combining tissue thin hand-embroidered jackets and vests with tight-legged jeans and ballerina pumps.

There were also beaded mini-dresses worn over leggings or jeans and lots of beige, cream and nude coloured tops layered with long coats and even dresses to create a flowing, Bedouin type effect.

Achieve the look yourself by wearing a cream long-sleeved T-shirt, topped by a pink vest, and then an cosy fleece in a white or cream shade, with a beaded scarf wrapped around your shoulders. White leggings or very light skinny leg jeans can be combined with pushed down white socks inside ballerina pumps to complete the layered effect.