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En vogue10/07/2008 - par Mark Tungate
Ispent most of last week at the men's fashion shows here in Paris, as part of my second life as a writer for the website WGSN.com. I dressed in a simple T-shirt and jeans, as I find a neutral look is the best defence against the critical scrutiny of my fellow journalists. As usual, I noticed that some of the most ridiculous outfits were being worn off the catwalk.
For your pleasure, here are a few tips about how to look like a male fashion journalist. 1. Trousers : These must be too short, preferably flapping around your ankles. If you are wearing jeans, roll them up. Immensely baggy trousers are also back in.
2. Shoes : As uncomfortable as possible. Shiny sports shoes that resemble squashed beetles are good ; as are two-tone shoes of the sort last worn in the 1920s. Suede tasselled loafers are also useful for making your feet really hot. Don't forget - impracticality wins lots of points here. 3. Shirt : A tiny, tight-fitting white collared shirt with a red bow tie - or a pink T-shirt with a deep V, showing plenty of hairless skin. 4. Jacket : Must be short and tight. Bright colours are good, but loud checks or gingham are even better.
5. Hat : Caps are in this year, but a tiny trilby à la Pete Doherty works too.
6. Bag : This must either resemble your mother's shopping bag, or be so large that it looks as if you are about to check in for a trans-Atlantic flight after the show.
So now you know. Have a well-dressed summer.