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Diary of a Fashion Insider: Back to the Future

" As most of the world awoke from their Christmas breaks and wearily dipped their toe into 2013's reality, there was little time for a stretch and yawn for the fashion set as we were thrown into the first of the year’s fashion weeks – it was Autumn/Winter 2013 London Collections: Men.

As you readers know, I'm all for a good fashion event but somehow piled into the first full week back felt a bit extreme. For five very out-of-character minutes over the Christmas break (ok, I was potentially hungover) I had hoped for a dry January; a vision of early nights, exercise and an alcohol-free existence danced into my mind in a rather odd moment of self righteousness. Needless to say it didn't last long and anyway, how could I possibly do that during fashion week...? To be fair I didn't think too hard about how to work around it, it just simply couldn't be done - could it?

Detox argument sufficiently debated and dismissed from mind, it was time to think outfits. Having spent much of the Christmas break in sweats and Ugg boots, the thought of shoe-horning myself into skinny jeans and climbing into skyscraper heels felt like an insurmountable effort but no sooner had I revisited my wardrobe and dressed up in my latest season's outfits, I found I had quite missed having a reason to doll myself up. I chose J Brand, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and vintage Guy La Roche along with L'Agence, Zara, Topshop and ALDO for my grand ribbon cutting of the new year’s events. It's amazing what taking a break from dressing up everyday can do to revive your love for your threads.

Day one was the biggest and busiest of the three-day event, culminating in a big launch party held at the Zetter Townhouse and hosted by Esquire and Tommy Hilfiger. The paparazzi crowded around the entrance whilst celebs including Jeremy Piven (yum) Jamie Hince, Matt Smith, Tinie Tempah and Ronnie Wood poured through the venue looking sharper and more suave than I've ever seen them – men’s fashion week certainly knows how to churn up the most style savvy guys London has to offer. It couldn’t have been further from the relaxation and elasticated waisted-ness of Christmas surrounded by family and an open fire. It was good to be back in the fashion throws if a little jarring.

The crazy show trail continued through Tuesday and Wednesday as I dropped into shows such as JW Anderson, Sibling, Mr Porter and Richard Nicoll peppered with nights out with my London crew to set the tone for 2013. It wasn’t too long before this crazy fashion world felt like home again and the Christmas break – and the calm / sane existence it had brought - was a distant memory. It may have been a rude awakening but certainly not an unwelcome one.

So here I am, back to looking at the future of what Autumn/winter 2013 has in store for our - and the men in our lives – wardrobes. Whilst I'm sorry to see my calm, non-work self disappear out of sight, I’ve got to say, 2013 isn’t looking half bad – after all, it did start with Jeremy Piven..."

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