Trinny and Susannah slide out of fashion

They were queens of the makeover show, and a generation of women trusted their style advice. So what caused Trinny and Susannah's crowns to slip?

Last Night's TV: Gok's Fashion Fix, Channel 4<br />Scrubs, E4<br />Grey's anatomy, Five<br />Heroes, BBC2

Naturally, I get a lot of enquiries from members of the public eager, having seen the above photo, for my style advice. To save you the trouble of asking, this season's big look is: lots of hair! Corduroy suits! And glasses! Just like last season, in fact, and several seasons before that. Because style never goes out of fashion. Still, for those who can't carry off the corduroy look, there's always programmes such as Gok's Fashion Fix, in which Gok Wan offers fashion advice to the nation. He is assisted in this by Alexa Chung, who, I am assured by my friendly neighbourhood teenagers, is cool to a world-historic degree – so cool, in fact, that in dating the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys, she is actually slumming it a bit. But it's undoubtedly Gok who is the main attraction here, partly because of his encouraging manner – where Trinny and Susannah would offer a sharp intake of breath, he's more likely to give a joyous shriek of "Girlfriend!" – but more because he is one of those few blessed or cursed beings who swim through television as naturally as an otter through a stream, never seeming as if he is consciously performing. In this, he is the natural heir to, say, Davina McCall and Robert Robinson (whose ability to stand utterly unfazed in front of a camera is the subject of some grousing in his memoirs). To be fair, I can't imagine Mr Robinson ever congratulating Geri Halliwell on purchasing a pair of gold shorts from River Island for a mere nine quid with the words "Girlfriend, that's a Gok high-five", and not only because his name isn't Gok.

Feathers are in fashion but is an ostrich boa more acceptable than a mink coat?

Fashion is getting back to nature, in a riot of colourful floral patterns to be seen all over the catwalks. And if designers are mad about flora, quite a few are even keener on fauna and, more specifically, on adorning their creations with large amounts of plumage courtesy of our feathered friends. That all sounds rather heart-warming, but fashion can always be counted on to be fickle, and this season she has excelled herself.

Cavalli ushers in an age of innocence

Roberto Cavalli is known for excessive glamour and animal prints, but yesterday's show at Milan fashion week revealed a subtler side to the designer.

Designers go big on smalls

Prepare to dedicate even more time to getting ready this spring. As if putting together an outfit every morning wasn't taxing enough, this season's gauzy, transparent fabrics mean even underwear will require careful consideration.

Update your look in an instant with one of this season's key accessories

Are you the type who can name the latest It bag with ease? Or, madam, are you simply concerned with cultivating your individual style? Even people with the remotest interest in fashion seem to have a healthy – and indeed quite possibly marginally unhealthy – obsession with accessories. But such interest rarely comes cheap. For that reason, the sensible shopper will invest in just one key piece this season – a pair of shoes, a bag, a belt or even the latest eyewear, say.

Last Night's TV: Just who do they thing they're kidding?

My Fake Baby, Channel 4; Half Ton Mom, Channel 4

Well heeled: Give yourself a seasonal lift

One, two, buckle my shoe

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Fashion: Honky-tonk woman

She likes a drink and isn't averse to passing out, scantily-clad, in hotel lifts. She wears superslick leather (preferably cream), slithers of chiffon (preferably loud), and, of course, wicked heels and cool shades (preferably indoors). She's a rock star's wife. And wouldn't you love to be her? Styling by Lou Winwood. Photographs by Valerie Philips
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