Worried about what to pack for EPCA next weekend? Worry no longer – the ICIS fashion editor brings you this season’s “must haves” for the conference circuit. What’s hot and what’s not.
Expect to see a strong showing from the male handbag, a perpetual favourite amongst the Belgian, French and German contingents. Favoured colours will range from oxblood to the darkest chocolate, and always bulging.
Competing strongly with the handbag amongst the younger delegates will be the “manbag”, worn on a jaunty diagonal across the chest, or over the shoulder for this year’s more geeky look.
And at the cutting edge of fashion, expect to see a new entry from the "murse" (man+purse).
Hugo Boss suits will put in a strong appearance on everyone from north of the Alps.
ICIS men will be featuring Ralph Lauren shirts in pink or white, as purchased from the factory outlet store outside San Antonio.
Expect to see a fabulous array of chinos in larger sizes and checked shirts on anyone who has crossed the Atlantic for the conference.
Hair will be worn short, receding or bald – NEVER in a pony-tail.
Moustaches are IN in a big way, which will favour the Central European and South American contingents.
Ties will be orange, because “Orange is the new Red,” but methanol traders and Italian consultants are allowed bowties.
And shoes will be tight and painful after three days on your feet.
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