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The only Fashion Week runway show that matters…

For a sartorially-minded parent like myself, watching certain designers' ridiculous confections bobble up and down the runway during Fashion Week is both laughable and irrelevant. This is when kids' fashion comes to the rescue; I can satisfy my interest in style but the clothes on show are actually practical and likely to be purchased. This…

London Fashion Week Men’s: Chester Barrie

Aah, the menswear Mecca that is Savile Row. Completely unobtainable to most us, this famous London thoroughfare is packed full of bespoke tailors to royalty and the famous. In the words of the great Withnail, "Free to those who can afford it, very expensive to those who can't." Chester Barrie's presence at LFWM was somewhat…

Dandy Dad’s dose of reality

At the end of summer last year, a few weeks before my daughter was born (and with a particularly hubristic flourish) I wrote an article in the Guardian stating categorically that I wouldn’t trade in my life as an urban peacock to suddenly become ‘dadcore’, along with its comfortable and practical accoutrements like selvedge jeans, hoodies, trainers and (heaven forbid) baby harnesses. Well, six months down the line, and a week after being forced to throw away my favourite pair of Crockett and Jones loafers after getting green (yes it was racing green) baby shit on them, I have to hold my hands up and say I was wrong. I was SO wrong. ...