I have a horrible habit of never finishing books. Put me in a bookshop, however, and I become mortifyingly overexcited, picking out tomes like I’ve been starved of them – which maybe I have. I buy them in bulk, each one promising to make my soul/ brain/ outlook better, then bring them home and read the first lonely chapter, before invariably getting distracted by Instagram and the fridge. It’s testament to my status as an awful human being. There is one, though, which I can proudly say I’m well on the way to completing – and that’s Life, the autobiography of one of the rock ‘n’ roll greats; a certain Mr Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. Life Icon may be overplaying it (this is a man who’s done so many drugs that it’s a wonder he’s still with us at all), but Style Icon is a label I can most definitely ascribe to him. His book, written in the kind of nifty, gritty, straight-shooting language which you can imagine from a boy from Dartford, is a total joy, and full of the kind of one-liners which make him a living legend. “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.” “Some things get better with age. Like me.” “You can’t accuse me of anything I haven’t already confessed to.” They just don’t make them like him anymore – and that goes for his wardrobe choices as well. The ultimate kind of rock ‘n’ roll, too-cool-to-care gesture, he borrowed his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg’s clothes on a regular basis, which probably goes some way to explaining how he managed to perfect a dressing up box sense of style. You only need look at Hedi Slimane’s collections for Saint Laurent the past few seasons to see how his look still inspires fashion today. Keef, may you outlive us all mate.
Sunglasses, River Island
Dress, Mary Katrantzou at Matches
Coat, Saint Laurent at Matches
Ring, Brooke Gregson