Ready to Wear: The best news of all is that there is a 'deluxe' Kau boot. You pay extra, obviously

Given the severity of the weather this winter it's perhaps only to be expected that snow boots – at all different price points and ranging in appearance from the very ungainly to the more ungainly still – are high on any retailer/fashion PR/person with cold feet's agenda.

Ready to Wear: Curiosity rarely extends to what the fashion fraternity might smell like

It stands to reason that anyone attending the twice-yearly women's ready- to-wear collections, currently in full flow, is likely to find their wardrobe scrutinised to a point more associated with fashion life than anything even approaching reality.

Ready to Wear: 'Steve jeans are old-school perfection with devil-may-care style'

Steve. I love Steve. My hips are hugged like they've never been hugged before. I feel warm and protected, inside and out. And, no, Steve isn't a man – he is my favourite-ever pair of jeans. You need him in your life.

Ready to Wear: Nymphs and shepherdesses have never been my aesthetic role models

Fashion cliché of the week: opposites attract. And so, as sure as eggs is eggs, what the latest issue of British Vogue describes as "the new pretty", duly identified as among the leading looks of the spring season, is inevitably rubbing shoulders with, er, the new utilitarianism.

Susannah Frankel: The McQueen I knew

In the 15 years since she met him, Susannah Frankel got to see a man who was as sensitive and charming as he was bullish and childlike. This is her tribute to a much-loved friend

Ready to Wear: Am I in the wrong business?

Do I look like mutton?" my friend, S, asked me at last season's shows. She was wearing skinny, black-leather Balenciaga trousers and, no, I told her, she did not. Stick-thin and fashion-ed up to the nines, she looked formidable, a somewhat fearsome sight at the school gates, for sure, but age had little to do with that.

Ready to Wear: Juxtaposition of strong shades is a highly seductive proposition

Raspberry and violet. Aubergine and flame. Plum and chartreuse.

Ready to Wear: Men don’t like Uggs or harem pants. So no surprises there, then

January, like August, is traditionally the month given over to the not- entirely-statistically-rigorous-but-entertaining-nonetheless fashion/lifestyle survey. And so, thank you, MyCelebrityFashion.co.uk, for your effort, dutifully documenting what a little more than 1,500 men, aged between 18 and 30, love to hate about women's fashion.

Ready to Wear: 'On the pistes of west London, Snowjoggers are going down a storm'

As Shakespeare might have said if he'd worked in fashion, "To walk or not to walk the streets in knitted snow boots covered in frolicking reindeer – that is the question."

Ready to Wear: People with light brown hair don’t actually look too bad in dark brown

You know that the January blues have well and truly established themselves when you find yourself, first thing on a Monday morning and with approximately 14 deadlines looming, watching re-runs of TV shows that you didn't much like in the first place.

Ready to Wear: I wear blue jeans constantly but hereby resolve to stop buying them

New year, new fashion resolutions. Yes, yes, I know I do this every January – don't we all? – but this time, it's serious.

Ready to Wear: This is knitting as instant gratification, and that is worth a small fortune

Browsing through an issue of Tatler magazine recently (as you do) I stumbled across the requisite Christmas lists, courtesy of some of this country's so-called style leaders. Whatever, I thought, pausing, nonetheless, at Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter's contribution. She's a woman whose fashion and business credentials to date have proved faultless, after all.

Ready to Wear: Those expecting the CdG Barbie to be clad in a black shroud will be disappointed

It's not that the Comme des Garçons designer, Rei Kawakubo, dislikes feminine clichés. Far from it. In the past, her visionary collections have featured hearts, flowers, pom-poms, polka dots, frills of all shapes and sizes and even more than a little powder pink all, however, in a wilfully contrary – even twisted – way.

Ready to Wear: 'Fashion and dogs go together like a horse and carriage, it seems'

To coincide with the long-awaited, much-anticipated nationwide launch of Dogs In Vogue – A Century of Canine Chic, by the estimable Judith Watt, here are a few fashionable dog anecdotes of my own. Dogs and fashion – they go together like a horse and carriage, it seems.

Ready to Wear: Society holds up an image of beauty that is impossible to achieve

Models – like children – should be seen and not heard. Most recently, proof came in the form of Kate Moss who, promoting her latest fragrance, agreed to a rare – indeed, very rare – interview with Women's Wear Daily. Her choice of a paper aimed at industry insiders was a careful one. It did not protect her from mainstream attention, however.

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