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Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Copywriter, MR PORTER

January was a somewhat confusing month - sartorially speaking, at least. The new season collections arrived, heralding the onset of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern, but the weather outside rather suggested otherwise, with Paris blanketed in snow and the mercury soaring in Sydney to record-breaking highs. And, as if to complicate things further, it was a particularly busy month in the fashion calendar, with next season's fall collections on display in the style capitals of London, Milan and Paris. Reflecting on oversized checks while shopping for short-suits in a snowstorm? It's enough to give a man a headache.

It is amid this fog of uncertainty, then, that we look to our modern-day style setters for inspiration, and in this respect 2013 got off to a strong start.

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