By far the most interesting development iin this political year has been David Mellor’s appearance. Does he have a new, energetic and youthful lady in his life – dressing and styling like him like the Barbie doll that she has only recently put down for the last time?
According to the Internet, he has been with this current partner for about 20 years, so it isn’t that.
I think it is more likely that he ihas engineered this look to attract attention and this, in turn, leads to work on Strictly, The One Show, I’m in a jungle! Get me out of here! and panel shows.
Or…could it be that one day he looked in the mirror and thought. “F*** me! You’ve only got one life and here you are looking like a bank clerk that always eats two puddings. Dammit – I want to have Bowie’s hair and Warhol’s face! I want to wear shirts like Adam Ant did in 1982! I may look silly but I don’t blimmin care! Ridicule is nothing to be scared of! “
I hope it’s the latter and if so, good for him.
In my circles, I have noticed the occasional man in his 50s/60s not going quite the full Mellor…but tousling and spiking up grey hair, wearing jeans to work, leather waistcoats, perhaps a silky scarf/cravat. Facial hair and colour along the lines of TVs Paul Hollywood.
I have a similar deep sense of ennui over my appearance – largely due to weight. I have been more trim in my time and I will work on that – but part of me wants to “do a Mellor” – in my case just wear a large flowery smock, grow my facial hair and smoke weed. I have done none of those things so far in my life and the way the world’s going I am finding it very hard to come up with arguments against it. And then I will get a second (white) smock and make a living touring with the Polyphonic Spree. What about you, then?