It’s the reason why slipping on a power-shoulder jacket can help you to boss it in the boardroom and why a pair of crystal studded earrings may be all you need to get your head into cocktail hour. It’s also the reason why hiking boots have become a staple in the city slicker’s wardrobe. Yes, despite the presence of the Tube and absence of any mountain trails, boots that are made for walking have found a footing onto the capital’s fashion landscape.
It’s officially cashmere season, spelling chin nuzzling (where better to hide from modern life than in the peripheries of your favourite rollneck) and an uncontrollable urge to fling yourself at any item of clothing that feels like it might have come within touching distance of inner Mongolia. Certainly, in the final stages of a year in which images of oceans populated with more plastic than fish kickstarted a global conversation about plastic usage, and Asos banned fashion containing mohair and cashmere from its site, it may be time we gave the consumption of the world’s most precious wool the same consideration as we do our coffee cups. Cashmere was once considered a luxurious commodity: it takes four goats to produce enough fibre to make a single cashmere sweater and just one sheep to create enough wool to make five (you do the maths), but the industry has undergone significant disruption.
The countdown to Black Friday, arguably the biggest shopping day of the year, has officially begun. A sales frenzy that has seen queues stretch into shopping centre car parks and fights break out over televisions in previous years, Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some of the best deals as retailers promise to slash prices on a wide range of products. Although we can’t predict exactly what stores will be taking part, we can make an educated guess based on last year’s offering and those that have already set up dedicated Black Friday pages.