This week has seen the fashionista pack flocking to London to celebrate menswear. Now in it's fourth season, London Collections: Men is the brainchild of the British Fashion Council, which quickly appreciated that British menswear, especially with its heritage and style, is way ahead of the game in both design and creativity.
Whether or not we celebrated Christmas, we're probably all guilty of a little over-indulging during the party season. It simply comes with the territory (and the great special offers on chocolates). But now with the new year-new you craze that's heavily upon us, it's time to step away from the couch and get moving - in style.
Move over Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi is putting the fun and fabulous back into footwear at Selfridges this month with his collection of themed stilettoes resembling everything from a shark baring its teeth to a half-peeled banana and a cup of coffee spilling on to the floor.
If you thought the sheer range of trends in clothing this season was dazzling/baffling, you will find no comfort in footwear - literally, of course, as well as metaphorically, since mega high heels and teetering platforms again stalk the land for spring/summer 2012.
The Scandinavians are definitely having a moment, And not just on TV where, watching the superb Danish imports, The Killing, Borgen and Those Who Kill, which started on ITV3 last week, has become a paradigm of middle-class, cultural attitudes, or in pop-lit where Stieg Larsson, Jens Lapidus and Liza Markland regularly top UK bestseller lists.