There really aren't such things as "trends" anymore because designers know that people are oddly reluctant to spend their money nowadays on things that they'll only be able to wear for three months, what with the economy crashing and unemployment soaring. So really, this is an excellent time to be a customer. Not only are the sales better and bigger this year, but designers are chucking any old thing in the pot these days in an attempt to appeal to the few potential customers out there who might be persuaded to buy.
This week, Hadley Freeman from The Guardian addresses legit, but often under-discussed, questions about body shape. If you're 'curvy', do you have to/look better if you put on something snug to do a bit of silhouette hugging? And who gets to define curviness, anyway?
For the first question, not necessarily, says Guru Hadley. Unless you want to grind on some fine young thing in the style of a Beyonce video. "It's called living your life like a normal person, as opposed to being dictated to by misogynist freaks with too much time on their hands," she writes.
And furthermore, according to Freeman, the definition of curvy is seriously warped. We agree. The poster girl for curves, Beyonce, is appropriately proportioned and nothing more. But in female-celebrity land, it's not seen like that.
"Say you might only be faffed to have a private session of hardcore aerobics five days a week instead of seven and you might even - only on special occasions, mind - fancy a piece of bread," Freeman writes. "Then you, my friend, must be the face of curvy women everywhere and even if your bra size is actually only a B cup (as opposed to the usual female celebrity size of negative A cup) you must talk about yourself as if you were a voluptuous African symbol of fertility. Kate Winslet and Beyonce, I can telepathically sense your nods of recognition."
File this one under 'Big Freaking Surprise'. Japanese researchers have discovered that a robotic model (with the world's oddest torso) would not, in fact, be suited for the catwalk. Tanya D, Magdalena: Relax, ladies, you still have jobs.
Besides the fact that HRP-4C is ridiculous, there are four main reasons this £140,000 stunner will never see a couture dress.
I didn't think it was possible either, but I've just read a thought-provoking essay on towering heels. Coming from journalism school, I can say that Hadley Freeman did a better job writing about shoes than some people who looked down on 'fluff' wrote about politics.