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Treasured items… Will Hudson

Few items of dress are as necessary yet neglected than socks. Far too often they are an after thought that all too easily can become undervalued and mismatched before the odd hole, wear and tear forces them to hide in embarrassment inside their leather incarceration. The festive season is one of the few occasions in which socks are given a stage to perform. Wrapped up in all manner of finery and fanfare, watching cousins hang proudly above fireplaces and prominently positioned on the edges beds, socks are presented to hard-to-buy-for friends and they-have-everything-already family members. Just when they think they’re about to receive the recognition that they truly deserve, they are met with indifference, scrunched up and used as a protective cotton shield around more valuable items. Dependable yet derided, I feel for socks at this time of year. Thankfully, there are a few people out there who cherish them and Will Hudson, founder and director of It’s Nice That, sits amongst them with Paul Smith’s iconic, spectrum showcasing stripes peaking between the creative camouflage of his everyday uniform. With an eye ever scanning for niceties it pauses over the festive go-to gift. Here, he tells us why… 

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Will Hudson and the striped splash of something unexpected

“For anyone that knows me, you’re probably surprised to find me invited to contribute any thoughts about fashion. For anyone that doesn’t know me I should explain – I wear the same jeans and grey T-shirt or white shirt most of the year (even when not at work). This isn’t because I’m not interested in fashion but because I sit slightly outside the average percentile that most clothes are manufactured for. I’m 6’4 and ‘heavy’ (this isn’t the place to reveal certain information) and find it difficult to find clothes I feel comfortable in, let alone I’d leave the house in.

As a result I have always opted to play it safe. The little luxury I do have though comes in the ‘one size fits most’ category and the smallest of things can make a difference. As a result, Paul Smith socks, with all their colour, bring a smile even when paired with the plainest ensemble.” Will Hudson

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Top 10 January Recommendations

Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman © Ray Dean

1. Derek Jarman, Pandemonium – January 23
To mark the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death, from an HIV-related illness in February 1994, Somerset House will host an exhibition featuring his creative practices as director, filmmaker, set designer, painter, diarist, poet, gardener and gay rights activist, and examining his relationship with London throughout the 1970s.

2. BFI Southbank Film Screenings –…

Burning the Pyramids (Art of Mirrors), Derek Jarman, 1970-73 Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, 1940 Joaquin Phoenix in Her Detail of Flower Ballet, a textile designed by Salvador Dalí, circa 1947, printed by Wesley Simpson on their ‘Pebble Crêpe’ rayon Full moon at Cape Verde William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Tangier, 1957 Unknown photographer, Burroughs in the Hotel Villa Mouniria Garden, Tangier Compagnie Philippe Genty

The Best of 2013: An Intellectual Fashion

Grayson Perry, in AnOther Magazine A/W11
Grayson Perry, in AnOther Magazine A/W11 Photography by Gareth McConnell

In his column, An Intellectual Fashion, critical thinker Donatien Grau swirls the seemingly incompatible concepts of fashion and academia into a cocktail of sartorial wisdom, design nous and political intent. Interviewing a pantheon of designers, artists, writers, creatives and innovators, he has delicately probed them into exploring the personal manifestos that guide their work and the way they dress, th…