As the song goes, ‘I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford’. Well, at least I wish I was rocking Tom Ford. Sure, it’s a pretty well established aesthetic – 60s mod, checkerboard geometric patterns and an insouciant cigarette hanging from your lip – but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – long live the roll neck.
From the 1960s to the opulent 1970s, Burberry’s collection utilised those interesting colours you probably had thought died a death with your grandma’s three piece suite. But alas, they’ve resurfaced – in all their textured, suede, furry glory. You’ll have to have a degree of swagger to carry off these looks, but let’s be honest, you’ll look fierce all day long.
Pringle of Scotland
Mmm, take that January cold, we’re all toasty in the endless collection of knitwear offered up by Pringle of Scotland (does anyone know what they do in the summer months?!). But Pringle did prove that enormous amounts of wool need not be shapeless and dowdy, or crazy (Lenny Kravitz, anyone?) but instead chic and interesting, in a kind of sharp, natty way. The secret is to pair your chunky-ass knitwear with some pretty strong tailoring, which balances out the cute and the harsh just nicely.
So if your boyfriend is a) Evil Knievel b) Harry Styles c) Any member of Pulp, you may actually be able to find the frankly madcap clothes from Topshop’s collection in their wardrobe. Part Americana, part Andy Warhol with a strange racing-driver thing going on too, it’s difficult to imagine what ordinary guy would be able pull these clothes off. Nevertheless, the looks were theatrical, brave and showed us it’s fun to dress like a lunatic from a previous decade. Why subtly reference, when you can go the whole retro hog, I say.