Polly Ver­non

THREE WEEKS AF­TER FORBES PUB­LISHED ITS top 10 list of In­sta­gram in­flu­encers – plac­ing Chiara Fer­ragni at num­ber one –

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a week af­ter Paris Fash­ion Week show­cased the dom­i­nant style vibes of next sea­son, and at the pre­cise time the street style bri­gade keeps on post­ing im­ages of it­self art­fully dolled up to the nines… I find my­self for­sak­ing ev­ery one of them. I’m sure they look très chic ’n’ cool ’n’ branché; but, right now, I’m tak­ing my style prompts from one source only. You can keep your Jeanne Da­mases, your Alexa Chungs, your Man Re­pellers. I look only to Chabuddy G from se­ries four of Peo­ple Just Do Noth­ing (which I’ve just watched, on iplayer). He is a man, sure. A fic­tional com­edy cre­ation, down on his luck, but waaaaay up on his satin shirt-craft. A failed en­tre­pre­neur who, de­spite the fact he’s liv­ing in a van, shit­ting in a bucket, and work­ing in the stock room of an elec­tron­ics shop, is slay­ing in the style stakes. He’s an ev­ery­day pea­cock, a Ver­sace( pos­si­bly also Gucci-?) ref­er­enc­ing, gold-be­decked style sen­sa­tion. If I had a Pin­ter­est, I’d have pinned the wine-hued vel­vet suit he wore to the wed­ding in the fi­nal ep – and pinned it hard! Also? The shirt he wore on Grindah’s stag do (ep 5), and the mock-croc loafers with gold edg­ing he keeps for spe­cial. I ad­mire the way he lay­ers a slim polo un­der an open-neck shirt and gold chain. I’ve deep-googled for a pur­chase op­tion on his hexag­o­nal-framed avi­a­tors. Chabuddy G is king of shame-free max­i­mal­ism on a bud­get, and my A/W ’17 UFI: Un­likely Fash­ion In­flu­ence.

I love a UFI. They pop up in the least ex­pected places, and re­di­rect your en­tire look with­out even mean­ing to. There you are, won­der­ing if you should try look­ing a bit more like French model/chanteuse Françoise Hardy circa ’69, be­cause ev­ery­one else is, when bam! Chabuddy G swag­gers on to your screen, and you can see no other clothes! I’ve switched him in for my sum­mer UFIS – Jeremy Cor­byn when he went ac­ci­den­tal Vete­ments (or was it the other way round?) and Mar­ion Kelly, that four-year-old who crashed her po­lit­i­calsci­en­tist fa­ther’s Skype in­ter­view with BBC News, and turned up at the sub­se­quent press con­fer­ence look­ing Sharp As in a trench coat and pink framed specs.

UFIS speak to the truest, most in­nate as­pects of our style. They are ground zero on our ec­cen­tric­i­ties. They are the point at which our wardrobes and our per­son­al­i­ties col­lide.

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