Dress code: Barry Alford, Grooming Guru


What are you wearing right now?


Well, it's early morning in California. So I'm wearing my red velvet slippers.

Who's your style icon?

I love Tom Ford and The Rock. What if we could morph their two looks together? Both have great style, personalities and confidence. I think a hybrid of both would create the ultimate icon.

What can't you live without?

My "crackberry". I feel lost without it. It is funny when I think that I didn't even have a cell phone 10 years ago.

Describe the best outfit you have ever worn.

I think I'd have to say my birthday suit! Do you need any further details? Well, I guess I'd have to include a photo. On second thoughts, maybe I won't. And as far as a description, well, aren't all birthday suits the same?

What's in your wardrobe?

Everything from football sweats to Tom Ford suits. Lots of accessories: hats (sports and dress), ties (all colours, all fabrics), silk scarves. I have many dinner jackets and stacks of dress shirts. I am either very casual or very dressed up; there really is no in the middle ground for me.

What is in your toiletry bag?

Too much to list! I actually have two washbags when I travel. LOL! Also hair clippers and scissors are a must. I cut my own hair and am always trying new styles. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, I just go shorter and shorter. Sometimes my hair just ends up a buzz cut.

If you could live in any decade, style-wise which would it be?

I would like to live right now but with a sprinkle of Seventies fashion. There are so many forward thinking and artistic designers now – I am excited to see what is next. Today's fashions keep all designers on their toes, which is good because it creates competition.

How often do you look in the mirror?

I don't get many opportunities to look, but when I do I like to take advantage of it! That's not arrogant. Is it?

Any fashion confessions you want to share with us?

OK, I admit it. I folded and rolled my jeans at the ankles and wore safety pins up my leg in the Eighties. They say fashion is cyclical. Will this style repeat itself again?!

Alford and Hoff is available exclusively at Space NK and Barry will be in-store giving out advice for Father's Day from 18 June. Call 020-7730 9841 for more information.

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